Bush will return for senior season

There will be no drama when Michael Bush meets with the media this afternoon at the Louisville football complex. University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino confirmed Thursday morning that the 6-3, 250-pound junior running back will return for his senior season next year.

Junior running back Michael Bush will return for his senior season at the University of Louisville, said head coach Bobby Petrino.

A native of Louisville, Bush led the Cardinals in rushing and touchdowns, running for 1,143 yards and 23 touchdowns in nine games. Bush missed two games with a sprained right foot, which he sufferred in the third quarter against Pittsburgh. He became the first U of L running back since 1999 to run for more than 1,000 yards in a season and set school records for touchdowns and points scored in a season.

The junior from Male High School led the nation in scoring, averaging 14.40 points per game. He scored at least two touchdowns in nine games before being held scoreless for the first time in the Gator Bowl loss to Virginia Tech. He ran for a career-high four touchdowns and 159 yards in a triple-overtime loss to West Virginia on Oct. 15.

Bush, a first team All-Conference performer, recoroded six 100-yard games, including a career-best 204 yards against Florida Atlantic.

"We're very excited about Michael's decision to return to the University of Louisville," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "He's coming off a fantastic year, running for more than 1,000 yards and 23 touchdowns. He's such a intregal part of our offense and I look for him to have a huge senior season."

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