Furbush Playing Through Pain, Talks U-M

2014 Michigan linebacker commitment Noah Furbush is a key cog in Kenton (Ohio) high school's success so far in the 2013 season. Furbush discusses his injury setback, his play, reflects on Michigan commitment and more.

Already standing 6-foot-4 and 235-pounds, 2014 Kenton (Ohio) high school linebacker Noah Furbush is a force.

Playing up on the line as an outside linebacker, Furbush is privy to the best of both worlds.

On one end, Furbush is athletic enough and fully capable of dropping back into zone coverage or lining up over the slot in man situations. And on the other, well, Furbush’s defensive coach said it best when the Michigan commitment came free off the edge with only the quarterback in his path -- “Oh my. Noah’s going to kill him!”

Fortunately, Ottawa (Ohio) Glandorff’s quarterback survived the hit but not before Furbush came up with the big sack in the second half of Kenton’s 34-10 win Friday.

“I feel comfortable pretty much anywhere my coaches want to put me,” Furbush said. “Whether it be inside linebacker or outside linebacker. Wherever they’re going to put me I trust them with that decision and putting me there so we have a better chance to win.”

Playing with a massive cast on his left hand because of a broken bone in his wrist, Furbush is forced to play one handed, a lot of times throwing his big body into oncoming blockers hoping to disrupt the play.

In true tough guy fashion, Furbush doesn’t even remember how he broke the bone.

“It happened a few months ago, I think during basketball maybe,” Furbush said. “I’m not even 100-percent sure when but we got it diagnosed after the second scrimmage and I’ve been easing up on it since.”

Not only is the injury effecting Furbush’s development on the field, off the field, consistent strength training has been put on hiatus as well.

Either way, Brady Hoke and the Wolverines have a versatile athlete committed in the 2014 class, a young man that maintains right now he’ll be a middle linebacker in Ann Arbor, could ultimately end up playing outside linebacker and even putting his hand in the dirt despite not practicing as a defensive end at all yet.

Reflecting back on his recruitment, Michigan was the first school to get involved with Furbush and it turns out that played a role in deciding to don the Maize & Blue.

“I definitely really appreciated their interest and genuineness toward me,” Furbush said. “That rang a lot with me.

“But at the same time I wanted to wait a few months like I did after they offered me just to get a feel for everything else. It ended up they were the right place for me but I definitely really appreciated that from them.”

A quick drive into Ohio from Ann Arbor, Furbush likes how close he’ll be from his hometown when he heads off to college.

“It’s two hours away from where I live,” Furbush said. “I think it’s a great chance for my family and friends to come and get to see me play. I think that probably played the biggest role just having my family close, my friends close.

“My brother is going to college up at U-of-M Flint so that’s always a big plus (too).”

Building a special relationship with Coach Brady Hoke, Furbush see’s himself in a similar role as the fellow Ohio native -- just a regular guy, not overly fond of attention.

“I’ve gotten to talk to him every time I’ve been up there,” Furbush said. “He’s a really great guy. I love him to death. He’s very honest, just a good guy and just kind of an ordinary guy, to be honest. He doesn’t  view himself as higher than anyone else. He’s just a great, honest guy.”

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