Will Bush return next season?

Louisville junior running back Michael Bush might have played his last game in a Cardinal uniform Monday against Virginia Tech in the Toyota Gator Bowl. Will Bush be back for his senior season? Or will he take his game to the National Football League next year?

Has Michael Bush played his last game in a Louisville uniform? Will the Louisville junior head to the National Football League a year early?

The answer to those questions likely hinge on whether or not the Cardinals leading rusher is projected as a first round NFL Draft pick. Bush asked the NFL Draft Advisory Board to evaluate his draft status last month, and sounds like he'll base his decision on that recommendation.

So while the advisory board evaluates his stock, Bush will have to wait a little longer before determining whether he'll being playing on Saturdays or Sundays next season.

"I don't know yet," Bush said when asked if he'd be back at U of L next year. "I still haven't gotten my (evaluation) back from the NFL board. I'm going to take it one day at a time and sit down with my parents and coaches and see what is best for me."

Bush rushed for 94 yards on 16 carries against Virginia Tech's top-ranked defense Monday in Louisville's 35-24 loss to the Hokies in the Toyota Gator Bowl. Bush rushed for 1,049 yards and scored 23 touchdowns this season to lead the nation in scoring. He said he hasn't given much thought the advisory boards evaluation.

"I'm not worried about it really," Bush said. "The paper said it will take about two or three weeks (for the recommendation). When it comes in, it comes in. I might not even look at it just yet."

Bush has made no secret that he wants to be taken in the drafts first round. The way the former Male High standout explains the situation, he'll likely be back next season if he's not projected as a first round pick this spring.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time, and still planning on coming back for next year and being more prepared," Bush said. "The first round would be great. That's one of my goals. I'm going to have to think a lot harder about it (if I'm not projected in the first round). (If not) I'll be back."

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