Michael Bush accepting of his role

With his eye still set on becoming a Cardinal quarterback, freshman Michael Bush is accepting of his current role and is looking forward to increased action on the field.

When a high school athlete attracts the amount of national attention for his achievements on the field and ultimately earns a Parade All-American honor, it is expected that there very well could be an adjustment period when he becomes a freshman in college. As a senior at Louisville Male, Michael Bush received attention from nearly every major football program around the country and had scholarship offers from a countless number and when he chose to stay home and play for the Cardinals, the anticipation only increased.

Soon after his official signing with the Cardinals, Bush began watching practices throughout the spring practice period and participated in volunteer summer workouts. He studied the new offensive playbook frequently and made his intentions clear from day one...he wanted to become the quarterback for the Cardinals.

"I think I would just stick at the quarterback spot," explained Bush on August 6th when questioned about moving to another spot or remaining on the quarterback depth chart. "I'd rather be in the pocket."


At receiver during the
Kentucky game
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Since then Bush has become the protector on the punt unit, as well as seeing limited action at numerous spots on offense, including running back and wide receiver.

"I met with Coach [Petrino] and we talked about the things he would like me to do," said Bush following Wednesday's practice. "In order for me to play, I have to accept that. I've realized that Stefan has the offense down pretty good, so I am fine with it."

Following the season opening victory over rival Kentucky, when Bush saw very limited action, he appeared somewhat disappointed following the game. Against Syracuse, Bush saw a little more action than he did in the opener. He recorded his first collegiate touchdown when he turned a Stefan LeFors screen pass into a 24 yard touchdown reception.


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While head coach Bobby Petrino is finding increased opportunities to utilize Bush's abilities, it doesn't mean that it is the end of his strive to eventually become a starting quarterback at U of L.

"I am still taking my reps at quarterback in practice, so everything is still the same as when I first came here," continued Bush.

The disappointment that he had following the Kentucky contest turned into smiles during the 30-20 win over Syracuse this past weekend when he converted the touchdown.

"When I caught the ball, I expected a couple of people to be waiting for me, but as soon as I turned I saw nothing but green, so I took off," said a similing Bush.


Bush on Wednesday
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As the Cardinals prepare for their home opener against UTEP, Bush is also preparing for a continued increase of action on the field, possibly at quarterback, but definately in other play-making opportunities.

"I think I will be doing a little more this week," Bush said. "Probably not under center, but maybe in different sets."

If his 'run the opponent over' style touchdown jaunt against Syracuse is any indicator, Michael Bush will quickly become yet another dangerous option for the new and exciting brand of Cardinal offense.


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