MADISON - One of the many players who flipped their commitment to Wisconsin last recruiting cycle, George Rushing made a statement early on that he had the potential to be an impact player for the Badgers in the coming years.
A goal coming into the season to make an impact in the wide receiver corps, Rushing has started to have a positive impact of the offense. He has five catches for 62 yards and continues to find his comfort zone, easy for him since he had high success as a high school senior (49 catches, 670 yards, 18 touchdowns) despite playing with two other teammates who accepted a FBS scholarship.
“Everybody wants to do more and more each week, but my goal is to just improve each week in some way,” said Rushing. “I feel I’m doing that.”
Returning for a fifth season, Badger Nation does a meet and greet with the newer members of the Wisconsin football team, shedding a light on some of the unknown kids that figure to be important parts of the Badgers’ future.
Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.
What’s been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?
Rushing: Everything. From getting adjusting to living on your own to dealing with your own problems, to just being so far away from home, it’s a big adjustment.
What’s been the hardest part adjusting to college football?
Rushing: You have to make sure to try to understand the game and work on the little details. You think about it, everybody was the best at their high school that’s in college. Everybody was one of the top players in the country. It’s about who is smarter and who has better technique, so I’ve been working on those things.
Since you arrived here, how have you changed your body to prepare for the college game?
Rushing: I’ve probably lost a good 15-20 pounds since I got here, so it’s got me a lot faster and it’s got me running smoother. I feel a lot a stronger. I just feel like a better player.
What do you think your strengths are right now where you can help this team and what your biggest areas of weaknesses?
Rushing: I think everything is a strength and weakness. I’m working on everything.
Besides the size, how is Madison different than your home town of Miramar, Fla.?
Rushing: There’s a lot more to do in my home town. It’s an adjustment. I am not used to being in the cold or having to go 15 minutes to a movie theater. At my house, we have three movie theaters in a 15 mile radius. I am not used to that. Just a lot of things. I am not used to seeing so many people walk. Back home everyone’s got cars and everyone wants to walk. I’m like man, I’ve never seen to many people walk.
Do you have any idea what you want to study in college?
Rushing: I’m undecided as of right now, but I’m sure I’ll come up with something soon.
What’s your favorite place on the Madison campus?
Rushing: I would probably say the Terrace.
What’s your least favorite place on campus?
Rushing: Class? (laughing). There’s really not a least favorite honestly.
What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?
Rushing: I like to hang out with my girlfriend, I like to play Xbox, I like to listen to music. That’s pretty much it.
Who are you going to live with this fall? How are those relationships?
Rushing: I’m living with Derrick Tindal. It’s going very well. We’ve known each other since 10th grade. We’re comfortable with each other.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learn about Derrick?
Rushing: The only thing interesting is he likes to sleep in the cold. Our AC is all the way down. It’s nuts.
Who was your big brother and was the biggest thing you learned from him?
Rushing: Kenzel Doe. I took away work ethic because on the field he goes hard at everything we do, from warmups to routes. Everything we do, he’s going at full speed, game-time speed, so I learned I have to go at game-time speed to go at game-time speed during the game.
Where does your biggest support come from? Family? Friends? Teammates?
Rushing: My mother and my grandmother. They are everything for me.
What’s your parents reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?
Rushing: They love it. They just love that I’m getting the opportunity to play the game that I love and get to play on TV.
What’s the best part of being a Wisconsin football player and putting on that red and white jersey?
Rushing: The best part is saying that I did it. A lot of kids play high school football and the percentages of those playing high school football who then play college football are very little. Out of our whole (high school) team, maybe one or two players will go division 1. It’s a blessing that I made it here and get to play on TV around the world.