You just snuck in here.
“I snuck in. Sly. It’s camp. Go under the radar.”
Your early impressions of the three freshman linebackers you have?
“Yeah, they’re all competing, they’re all athletic, they like to hit. They’re what we expected.”
Where have you seen a lot of improvement from Devin Bush given the year of experience now?
“Just a year of maturity. That’s a big, big thing. Just a year of development in the weight room [and] athletically. He’s a guy that works just as hard in the weight room as on the field. Really enjoys the game and all aspects of it so his ceiling is high and he just keeps getting better and better, and he’s obviously a very savvy football player from his background with his father playing and everything like that. We’re excited about what he’s going to be able to do.”
He said in the spring that he was working at both Mike and Will. Is he focusing more on one of those spots now?
“He’s still able to do both. He’s been playing a lot of Mike lately but he’s able to do both—Will.”
Mike McCray’s been getting a lot of praise for his leadership and what he’s done. Can you talk about that aspect as well as how he’s come along as a player?
“Yeah, Mike, like I mentioned—so Mike came in last year and won the starting spot but if you know his background the prior two years he had been coming off some injuries and stuff. I think last year he was kind of feeling it out early, started gaining confidence, and became a tremendous football player for us. This year he’s coming in having that background and he kind of imposes himself on the other guys and the young guys. There’s an aura about him that’s different than it was last year, and that’s important because will look up to him and he’s a hard worker and tough. He’s a Big Ten linebacker, and now with that aura about him and sense of leadership he’s stepped his game up.”
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