It was a huge learning curve for the highly touted freshman out of Pembroke Pine (Fla.) Flanagan High. He had to learn a new defense, learn the calls, and really just had to learn how to be a college student.
Now a sophomore, at 5-foot-11, 226-pounds, Bush has a different perspective on life as a linebacker at Michigan.
“This spring has just been fun for me,” Bush said. “I’ve been taking it day by day, hour by hour, step by step and just focusing on me, focusing on what I got to better on myself.”
With 13 practices now complete this spring, Bush says this time around it’s a little easier to adjust to his football practice routine.
“It’s been easier,” Bush said. “Last spring was tough on me getting adjusted as a freshman. This year it was easy, I had fun with it this time. I had a lot of fun this spring.”
And it’s showing on the field, says Bush, who admits he’s focusing on being more vocal in the middle of U-M’s defense.
“That’s a natural thing, once I’m on the field I’m comfortable, I’m in my grove. I like talking; I like joking around with my guys. I just like keeping the energy up,” Bush said.
Not only is Bush more acclimated defensively, but so too is second year defensive coordinator Don Brown. In fact, Bush says Brown’s coaching in year two is more like “second nature” to him this spring.
“Last year coach Brown came in first year, first group of guys and he really didn’t settle in like he did this year,” Bush said. “This year he knows everybody. He knows all the guys. He knows all of our abilities and what we are capable of and being in the system he already knows what expect out of us. It’s like second nature to us.”