Michael Bush scored twice for the Chicago Bears Saturday. (NFL photo)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I often wonder if I am the only one
who still asks this question:
How many yards would Michael Bush have gained as a senior at
the University of Louisville six years ago if he hadn't suffered that broken
leg early in the second half against Kentucky?
Bush started that game looking like a guy who was going to
go for 2,000 yards. He had 128 yards and three touchdowns early in the third
quarter. Then he collided with Wesley Woodyard, and you wondered if he was ever
going to get healthy.
Well, he's definitely healthy now – and the Chicago Bears
are counting on Bush to become a touchdown machine in the red zone this season,
after taking Bush away from Oakland as a free agent.
Bush, the former Male High star, looked solid Saturday night
in an exhibition game against Washington, scoring twice in five carries.
This is what Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune wrote about
"… Michael Bush should be good for 10 (TDs)
or so. The Bears are going to use Bush in the red zone and you got a good look
at that Saturday with Bush scoring on one- and eight-yard runs. On the second,
he met Redskins linebacker Perry Riley in the hole and completely faked him
"Bush was signed because he is a physical,
245-pound runner who can, as Tice says, ‘move the pile.' He also showed he's
got a little shake to his game.
" ‘We know Michael can run in between the
tackles but I think it was good for him to show everyone he can make you miss
also,' Smith said. ‘A guy was 1-on-1 in the hole and it was a great cut by him
to make the guy miss. He's a big back. He can do a lot of good things.' "
Bush will wear No. 29 – and share the ball
with Matt Forte in Chicago.