Following a redshirt season, Bussey began contributing right away last fall, appearing in all of the Cardinals 12 games. The 6-foot-4, 298-pound offensive lineman saw his role increase significantly late in the 2005 season when he replaced injured starter Jeremy Darveau.
Now on scholarship, Bussey had an impressive first week of fall practice and is making a case for claiming a starting spot on the rebuilt U of L offensive line.
"It's going real well," said Bussey of practice. "We're all working real hard and trying to get our chemistry right. We're working on our communication a lot."
He credits his rapid development from walk-on to possible starter to following the instructions of offensive line coach Mike Summers.
"I always try to work hard and do what the coaches ask me to do," said the former Jefferson County All-Star selection.
Bussey says that he can see the improvements that he has made while watching game and practice film.
"I can see a lot of things getting better, especially with my pass blocking, but I still need to work on my run blocking," he explained. "I'm doing al right."
With just two starters returning from last year's Cardinal line, Bussey didn't hesitate when asked if the new unit is confident heading into game one against in-state rival Kentucky.
"Yeah, we're confident."