Devin Bush Jr. declares for NFL Draft
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

Fans of the Maize and Blue received a double dose of bad news Wednesday morning from one of the Wolverines’ best players. Linebacker Devin Bush Jr. announced on Twitter that he is declaring for the NFL Draft and will forgo his senior season, also revealing that he will not play in the Peach Bowl against Florida because of the injury suffered at Ohio State.

“Despite getting treatment every day, I have not been cleared to practice or play in the Peach Bowl due to the hip injury I suffered in the last game,” Bush said on Twitter. “Due to this injury, I have thought hard about my future in football. Having been injured I realize how fleeting this sport can be. It has always been a dream of mine to follow in my father's footsteps and play in the NFL.

“This injury has made me realize how important this goal is to me and my family. Therefore, I have decided to forgo my senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.”

Named a consensus All-American in 2018, as well as the Big Ten’s top linebacker and defensive player of the year, Bush racked up 79 tackles, including nine for a loss and five sacks. In three years, he played in 38 games, making 194 stops, 19.5 for a loss, 10 sacks and 15 passes defended.

Without Bush at the MIKE linebacker position, the Wolverines will likely turn to sophomore Josh Ross in the bowl game and moving forward. Ross saw extensive playing time backing up Devin Gil at WILL linebacker, but also learned the MIKE position, stepping in for Bush on a few occasions.

 
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