2014 Player Analysis: Deon Bush

Deon Bush had a strong freshman season but was plagued by an injury for most of his sophomore season. He's expected to return to form and become an impact player for the Hurricanes this coming season.

As a recruit: Deon Bush was a four-star recruit coming out of Christopher Columbus High in Miami. He landed scholarship offers from most major programs and took official visits to Miami, Alabama and Auburn before making a commitment to the Hurricanes at the US Army All-American Game in January of his senior year.

As a Hurricane: It didn't take Bush long to make an impact as a true freshman in 2012. He played in 10 games, starting six of them, and finished the season with 34 tackles. He quickly became known as a vicious hitter, causing three fumbles during the season. He played in 11 games as a sophomore last season, starting three of them. He finished the season with 31 tackles, one caused fumble, and one interception. Bush battled with Dallas Crawford all spring to see who would emerge as the team's other starting safety opposite Jamal Carter.

What to expect: Bush has shown flashes of excellence. At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, he has the size you want back there. He has plus athleticism. He's shown the ability to punish ball carriers. Unfortunately, he's been a bit injury-prone since coming to Miami. He dealt with a shoulder issue as a freshman and then a sports hernia issue as a sophomore. Those injuries prevented him from becoming the player he's capable of being, and they're a big reason why he's started just nine games over his first two seasons. If he can stay healthy, he should be able to hold off strong competition from Crawford and have a rock solid junior season. Time will tell if that happens but he certainly has the physical tools you want and now the experience you prefer.

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