Cougs have connection with Eastside RB

HIS OLDER BROTHER played for Paul Wulff at Eastern Washington, where he was a starting free safety for the Eagles. The younger brother is doing his prep turn primarily on offense -- he's a running back at ae Seattle area where he set a school record for rushing yards last season. He also took in the sights and sounds of the Cougar victory in Pullman last weekend.

Michael Bush might not be the tallest guy out on the football field, but he's not small.

The Eastside Catholic standout is packing 200-pounds onto his 5-8 frame this season, about 10 pounds more than a junior campaign when he set the program mark with 1,252 rushing yards, (14 TDs, 6.5 yds per carry)

As for his crimson experience, Bush said it could not have gone better. His 40 time is in the mid-to-high 4.5 range.

"It's a great program," said Bush. "Just looking at the program and seeing how they ran things this weekend, it was great to see that and gave me a better look at what Wazzu is trying to build."

BUSH SAID HE does not have an offer from WSU but the Cougs are staying in the most contact of any school and he hopes to earn one over the course of his senior season with his play on the field. Hawaii, UW, Boise State, Eastern Washington, Idaho and others are among those showing varying shades of recruiting interest.

Rich Rasmussen and Travis Niekamp have both been in contact this recruiting season for Washington State and like him at running back. He also plays defensive back for EC.

His visit to WSU this past weekend was an unofficial trip and while he didn't get to spend a ton of time with the Cougar coaches, he was able to shake hands with each member of the staff.

"Coach Rasmussen is a great guy. My older brother, Lavonta Howard, he went to Eastern Washington (1998-2001) and played for both coach Wulff and coach Rasmussen there. So I've been able to get a lot of insight from him and how he liked (playing for Wulff.) And I did introduce myself to all the rest of the staff," said Bush.

BUSH THROUGH THREE games this season is averaging 129 rushing yards each Friday night according to the Seattle Times stat page, ripping off 6.34 hashes every time he touches the ball.

He was named All-Metro for both football and baseball, and in addition to the season rushing record, Bush also set program marks for longest run from scrimmage 96 yards and most yards in one game with 296 hashes.

Bush said while he kept it in mind that it was an FCS team (formerly D-IAA) in Portland State the Cougs were playing, the first hand experience led him to believe he can make his mark in the Pac-10.

"I think a lot of people think because of my size I'm not able to carry the load in Pac-10 or D-IA football. But I gained a lot of confidence seeing the game in Pullman. The game is faster of course, but I think I can play there and would make a great asset to a team that needs a running back with some speed and a guy who isn't scared to run inside and everything else," said Bush.

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