Now, Bush has a chance to be known for something much more important, and defining. Bush will be competing for playing time at a position of extreme need when spring practice commences.
In this installment of "Know the Knights," ScarletReport.com takes a closer look at Bush:
2011 Eligibility:Red-shirt sophomore
Ht.: 6-4 Wt: 243
Position: Tight end
High school: Hackensack (N.J.) High
Background: Played in two games but did not make any catches last season. …Worked consistently with the second-team offense in practice. …Red-shirted as a freshman in 2009 after playing for former Scarlet Knights assistant coach Mike Miello at Hackensack High. …Caught 28 passes for 468 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. …Rated No. 34 tight end in the 2009 class by Scout.com. …Chose Rutgers over Pittsburgh, Syracuse and North Carolina.
Projected 2011 Role: At certain times Rutgers coach Greg Schiano will talk about the upcoming season as being pivotal in the development of a player as it relates to how much said individual will contribute to the program.
Don't be surprised if Schiano puts that distinction on Bush prior to spring practice.
Tight end is an area of concern for the Scarlet Knights, from the ongoing development of D.C. Jefferson to the depth of the position. Rutgers scrambled to fill the tight end role last season and no one emerged, which means Bush will get the chance to make an impact.
After red-shirting as a freshman, he played in two games in 2010. Is he ready to make the leap to contributor in 2011?
That will be an ongoing question as the spring unfolds. He has the body and the physical gifts to do it, but he needs to begin putting it all together. He remains young, so that is a plus, but this is where players usually begin making a move on the depth chart by showing more consistency in practice.