Bushell gets a shot at his old school

University of Louisville senior defensive back Adrian Bushell will get a shot to go against some of his former teammates when the Cardinals tangle with Florida on Jan. 2 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Bushell spent his freshman season at Florida and still has some friends on the team.

Adrian Bushell just smiled when asked about the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

The University of Louisville senior defensive back is like all of his teammates, elated to be playing in a BCS Bowl game with the Cardinals.

But for Bushell, this game has a little extra incentive.

It will be the second time he competes in the Sugar Bowl and he will be doing it against is former teammates. Bushell played at Florida during the 2009 season when the Gators beat Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl and then left for U of L, playing two seasons for the Cardinals.

"I am really excited," Bushell said. "It's going to be a lot of fun. But we still just have to go out there and get the job done."

A first-team All-Big East Conference defensive back, Bushell has been a major key for the U of L defense this season. He has 59 tackles and one interception and also leads the team with 11 pass break-ups.

"He's really come on late in the season," defensive backs coach Tommy Restivo said. "I am really happy for him and how well he's played, plus he graduated. He has stepped up and been a big part for us."

Now, Bushell gets to show off for his former teammates.

A former three-star cornerback from DeSoto, Tx., Bushell was redshirted as a freshman at Florida in 2008 and then had one interception as a backup during the 2009 season and was expected to battle for a starting spot in 2010.

But in May of 2010 he opted to transfer and showed up at U of L just before the start of last season. He played in 10 games and made starts in seven.

Bushell had 50 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss, as a junior and turned into one of the leagues best cornerbacks this season. He had a season-high eight tackles against North Carolina and UConn and has his interception against South Florida, also recovering three fumbles this season.

"I know there is still room for improvement, but I feel like I did improve a lot from last year," Bushell said. "I feel like I did pretty good."

And now, Bushell gets his old mates.

"I get a chance to play against my old team, my old school," Bushell said. "Nobody is picking us to win, but I am excited about the chance."

Bushell said he's still friends with some of the players on the Gators' roster, including his former roommate – wide receiver Frankie Hammond. He said the two speak regularly during the season.

"I talk to him probably after every Saturday game, we're still friends," Bushell said. "So that's going to make it even more fun.

"But that won't matter when we play. It's just another opportunity for us, we're going to be playing the No. 3 team in the country."


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