Heading into last Saturday's game, it was doubtful that Michigan offensive lineman Juwann Bushell-Beatty thought to himself that "today was going to be the day" for him to see game action.
At times, football can be a flukey sport and anything can change in an instant. That's what happened when Grant Newsome was blocked at the knees, ending his season in a blink of the eye. It was Bushell-Beatty's turn, he was the next man up.
While he didn't blow anyone away by any means, he absolutely held his own against a stout Wisconsin defensive front.
Even Bushell-Beatty himself things he has things to improve on.
"Not my best [effort] but I feel like I am my biggest critic and I feel like I did enough but I expect more from myself, always," Bushell-Beatty said. "There is no such thing as a perfect game but I am trying to do as much as I can. Going through the film and correcting myself, trying to do as much as I can."
The minutes Bushell-Beatty played against Wisconsin were the first of his playing career as a Wolverine. Now, with Newsome's absence, the coaching staff will likely rely on him with an increased role going forward.
At the time, Bushell-Beatty couldn't really react with nerves or excitement in the moment. It all happened so fast.
For him, it's all about stepping up and helping the team.
"I guess you could say that there wasn't much time to think about it," Bushell-Beatty said. "I kind of just stepped up to the plate and did what I could. Again, what happened with Grant is sad, moving forward as a team. We all feel bad about what happened but it's on to the next week."