Many of college football's top stars got their start in Southwest Ohio, and Marcus Rush is slowly adding his name to that list.
Rush, who played his prep ball at Moeller High School, found it was easy to see what his future could be at Michigan State as he only had to look at former Crusaders linebacker Greg Jones and see a defense that could best use his talents.
On Saturday, Rush proved again his worth by posting two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup in helping the Spartans to a 45-7 victory.
Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi had nothing but praise for the redshirt freshman from the Queen City.
"He's a guy who was a dark horse coming in and has really started for four weeks now," said Narduzzi. He gets to the quarterback…he is a football player."
For the season Rush has posted 14 total tackles, but it's the big plays that have caught the eye of Narduzzi as he's posted six quarterback hurries and 2.5 tackles for loss.
"He's been making plays," said Narduzzi. "He's like a linebacker playing the end. He gets off blocks and makes tackles; that's what we need, ends to make plays."
On Saturday, Rush was part of one of several big plays for the Spartans defense.
"I don't know what his stats were," said Narduzzi. But he was putting pressure on the quarterback. I know that pick six he hit the quarterback as he threw it."
While Rush is still young and learning, Spartan fans should be excited with the fact he'll be wearing Green & White for three more seasons.