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2015 Husker profile: A.J. Bush

Nebraska redshirt freshman quarterback A.J. Bush turned heads during the Huskers' spring practices in March and April. Will he be Nebraska's top backup when fall camp concludes?

A.J. Bush 

Position: QB

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/220-pounds

High school: Norcross high school (GA)

Year: Redshirt freshman 

2014 review:

Bush entered fall camp and immediately impressed media members with his strong-arm. While it was clear he was headed to a redshirt season, the label of  “project” Bush received out of high school wasn’t entirely accurate. He looked more skilled than initially thought.

What also was impressive about the true freshman was his work ethic. While other quarterbacks were going thru drills, he was working on his footwork. While the other quarterbacks were getting water, he was throwing to a receiver. Bush was always throwing the football to somebody. 

During his freshman year, Bush earned a spot on the Scholar-Athlete honor roll.


2015 preview:

A new coaching staff gave all the Nebraska quarterbacks a clean slate and Bush took advantage of it over the 15 spring practices.

His work with offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf, a guy who has been a quarterback coach at the highest level, improved Bush's game in a hurry. While coming out of the spring he can still be classified a bit raw at times, the former Georgia prep appears to be up to the challenge.

“He (Langsdorf) tells me something, I do it, and immediately it’s a good result,” said Bush, during the spring. “I just need to keep doing it.”

Possessing the size of a Division 1 quarterback, Bush could sense this spring his development was a major storyline among Husker fans.

“That can drastically change real quick," said Bush in the spring. "I'm trying to stay consistent, because I know I got off to a good start. I just want to stay that way.”

“They really came in and made the clean slate thing really clear. That gave us all hope. We came here to compete, we didn’t come here to sit.”

BRR projection: While Bush didn’t live up to some of the hype he received during practices in the Red-White game, over 15 total spring practices, he probably looked better than Zack Darlington.

The backup quarterback race is going to be a tight one and probably one of the bigger storylines during fall camp. To be honest, it might not even be set before BYU in early September.

How he ended up in Lincoln:

With offers from Kansas State, Temple and Cincinnati, Bush picked the Huskers extremely late in the recruiting process, after the dual-prospect switched high schools his senior year.

According to the AJC, Bush completed 139 of 259 passes for 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his first and only season at Norcross high school - the state champions of Georgia's biggest football class.

"There were so many great things about this visit and about Nebraska,” said Bush at the time. “The coaches are the first thing that I would say made the weekend great. Nebraska also has a great stadium and facilities. I would also say the current players made us all feel welcome."

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