ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With one starter returning on defense, Michigan entered Saturday’s spring game with more questions than answers.
After finishing with a game-high two sacks, sophomore to be Devin Bush Jr. may be U-M’s next answer at one of those linebacker spots this fall. His performance, for obvious reasons, will give the coaching staff something positive to think about moving forward.
“My goal was just to communicate and be that leader out there when we need it,” Bush Jr. said. “Just communicate with my guys and make sure we are on the same page and make the plays I’m supposed to be making.”
At 5-foot-11, 232-pounds, Bush Jr. was all over the field, blitzing, using delayed blitzes, simply causing havoc in the backfield.
“Just build on it, building blocks,” Bush Jr. said, who finished with three solo tackles. “Build on it and take it to fall camp, take it to the season.”
And part of Bush Jr.’s transition to his success on Saturday, he says, is him simply being more “comfortable” in Don Brown’s defensive scheme, which he says happened during bowl preparation for the 2017 Orange Bowl.
“Right after the bowl game,” Bush Jr. said. “I was watching film a lot. Me and Rashan (Gary) would talk a lot. So I just got comfortable being in the meetings. Just seeing the things that we saw last year, it was all-familiar to me. So I got comfortable in the meeting rooms.”
And on Saturday, it showed.