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 (ITV)
"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.
"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
"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.