With the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft now behind us, it's time to look back on the effect the departure of players like Ohio State's Ted Gin Jr. will have on their teams. Steve Megargee breaks down the winners and losers after this year's round of defections.[details]
2004 (Sophomore): Second on the team in rushing with 734 yards and seven touchdowns... also caught 11 passes for 155 yards... tallied 106 yards on 12 carries versus Cincinnati... rushed nine times for 47 yards against Houston... threw a 48-yard touchdown pass and rushed for a score versus TCU... rushed 16 times for 81 yards against Memphis... carried nine times for 64 yards and two touchdowns against USF... logged a season-high 17 carries for 82 yards against North Carolina... carried 13 times for 57 yards and two scores against Army... rushed 13 times for 73 yards in season opener against Kentucky.
2003 (Freshman): Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team ... third on the team in rushing with 81 carries for 503 yards and six touchdowns ... averaged 6.2 yards per carry ... also caught 17 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown... notched two 100-yard rushing games -- running for 125 yards and a touchdown against Cincinnati and 137 yards and two scores versus Houston ... scampered 81 yards for a touchdown against Cincinnati... caught a season-high three passes in four different games ... posted a career-high 56 yards receiving versus UTEP... ran for 66 yards and two touchdowns against Tulane... scored on a 24-yard reception against Syracuse.
Personal: Son of Michael and Toni Bush... born 6/16/84... Sports Administration major.
Michael Bush Audibles
"At 6-3, 250-pounds, Michael Bush is on another level athletically for a player of his size. After sharing carries with NFL draft picks Eric Shelton and Lionel Gates in 2004, Bush could have a huge year in Louisville's first season in the new Big East." — CardinalSports.com's Howie Lindsey
The good: Huge, agile back saw his 2006 season end abruptly with a broken leg in the opener vs. Kentucky. Was eligible to apply for a medical redshirt, but decided to declare for the Draft when coach Bobby Petrino left for the Falcons. Bush's combination of power and agility for a back his size makes him an unstoppable force. His ability in the red zone is uncanny, and he can be an every-down back at the next level. He has the talent to run between the tackles and enough speed to make the corner. In 2005 he had 205 carries for 1,143 yards and an NCAA-leading 23 rushing TDs. He added 21 catches for 253 yards.
The bad: He recently underwent a second surgery on his leg. He needs time to heal further before getting a full bill of health. He needs some work as a receiver as well as a blocker.
Outlook: Can develop into a starting feature back in the NFL, and possibly soon if healthy. A top-50 prospect if he were injury-free. Would be a good first-day addition with intriguing upside. Clubs like the Jets, Bills, Patriots and Eagles have him on their short list. Leg issues may force him to wait until the fourth round to hear his name.
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