The Wolverine

August 2019

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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AUGUST 2019 THE WOLVERINE 41 BY CHRIS BALAS D evin Bush Jr. could have played football anywhere in the country. The Florida native had his choice of elite schools in his backyard, in fact, including Florida State, where his father Devin Sr. starred as an All- American safety. Landing him was one of head coach Jim Harbaugh's early recruit- ing coups, and it certainly paid divi- dends. Michigan won 10 games in two of Bush's three years on campus, captured a pair of road wins over rival Michigan State and dominated defensively in most games in which Bush patrolled the middle. The 5-11, 233-pound bullet was never better than in his junior season, when he captained the Wolverines to a 10-3 season and finished with 80 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and five sacks, earning consensus All-America hon- ors in the process. He also captures The Wolverine's Male Athlete of the Year honor as a result of his three years of excellence. For all his accolades — two-time All-American, two-time Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) fi- nalist, two-time All-Big Ten selec- tion, the 2018 Nagurski-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, two-time Roger Zatkoff Award win- MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR DEVIN BUSH JR. The 2018 consensus All-American Bush was one of just three Football Bowl Subdivision players to post at least 150 tackles, 10 sacks and 10 passes broken up over the last two seasons. PHOTO BY BRANDON BROWN ONE-MAN WRECKING CREW Devin Bush Jr. Demolished The Competition

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