One of the most intriguing matchups on Saturday night will the vaunted Michigan defense vs. Penn State’s high-powered offense. Michigan features an impressive front seven and no player has stood out more this year than sophomore linebacker, Devin Bush, Jr. For his efforts so far this season, Bush was added to the Bednarik Award Watch List and to the midseason Sporting News All-American team.
Bush was a four-star recruit out of Pembroke Pines, Florida. As a freshman, Bush played primarily on special teams, appearing in every game. He also played in seven games as a linebacker, registering twelve tackles.
Heading into 2017, Bush was thrust into the starting lineup to replace the many departures from the Michigan defense. Though Hudson has played well also, Bush has stood out so far this season. Through six games, Bush has recorded 50 tackles of which 24 have been solo. Bush has 4.5 sacks and has been credited for 5.5 tackles for loss in that stretch.
Michigan’s defense relies on speed, and Bush will be tasked at disrupting the Penn State offense. Penn State’s offensive line has struggled throughout the season and Bush will be looking to pressure McSorley when he’s not tasked with tracking Barkley. Michigan's defense relies on negative plays and turnovers and for Penn State to avoid those, keeping tabs on Bush will be a key to victory.