“Rehab is going well. I’m on schedule,” Bush said. “I’m feeling stronger every week, and I’m just trying to physically prepare for the next year – especially for camp. I’m just keeping things positive and doing everything I can to become one of the best players next year. “
Bush fell with a torn ACL during the Steelers’ 38-7 victory in Week 6 over the Cleveland Browns. In the second quarter, the second-year linebacker dived to try to tackle Browns D’Ernest Johnson’s running back before needing to be helped off the field by coaches. He was placed in the wounded reserve on October 23.
After a successful rookie campaign, Bush once again reinforced the middle of the Steelers’ dominant defense. In four games that led to the injury, Bush was credited with 21 tackles, half a sack and three defending passes. He ended the year with 26 tackles in total (16 solo) and 1.0 sack.
In 2019, Bush recorded 109 tackles (72 solo) with nine loss tackles, two interceptions, four fumble bounces and two defensive touchdowns. He led all newcomers in total tackles and solo tackles and tied for second in fumble recoveries, becoming the only Steelers newcomer to overcome 100 tackles.
The Steelers selected Bush as the No. 10 overall choice in the 2019 NFL Draft. He became Michigan’s first top-10 since Jake Long was the No. 1 overall in 2008.
Bush arrived in Ann Arbor classified with four stars according to the 247Sports Composite. He was ranked as the No. 11 domestic linebacker in the country and the No. 44 prospect in Florida for the 2016 recruiting class.
After a quiet freshman season, Bush won the first team’s All-Big Ten as a sophomore. He recorded 95 tackles with 10 loss tackles, 5.5 sacks, seven pass separations and one interception.
Then, as a junior, Bush ended with 66 tackles, 8.5 loss tackles, 4.5 sacks and four passing deflections. He was named Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and Defense Player of the Year, as well as being a consensus All-American.
“He had a brilliant career,” said the Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh Bush. “He’s an All-American, someone who’s going to have his picture on the All-American wall. I think it will be ingrained in our # 10 minds to run, hit and play, side by side. I even said that before – you recruit players now and say, ‘He’s going to be like Devin’, or ‘Could this guy be another Devin Bush? ’And you’re looking for that player.”