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Josh Bush

| | College: Wake Forest
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A three-year starter, Josh Bush was a two-star CB recruit out of high school, choosing Wake Forest over James Madison, Appalachian State and East Carolina. After redshirting in 2007, he saw limited time as a back-up DB in 2008 as a redshirt freshman, recording 17 tackles. Bush moved primarily to free safety in 2009 as a sophomore and started 6 games, finishing with 25 tackles and 1 INT. He played both cornerback and free safety in 2010 as a junior with 8 starts, recording 33 tackles. Bush had his best season in 2011 as a senior free safety, finishing with 59 tkls, 2.0 tackles for loss, 5 pass break-ups and a team-best 6 interceptions, earning First Team All-ACC honors.

Bush wasn't a top recruit, but fought his way onto the field and put in his time on special teams, culminating with a First Team All-Conference senior season in 2011. He is tough, but needs to show he can stay healthy and do a better job finishing tackles once he gets his hands on the ballcarrier. Bush is a good (not great) athlete and shows the awareness and range to be effective in the second half of the field with experience at both cornerback and free safety. He doesn't look like much but can be a later round free safety pick with his heady, competitive skill-set.


Strengths: Flexible athlete with good foot quickness and rangy speed to cover a lot of ground. Shows good awareness to watch the eyes of the quarterback, track the ball in the air and go get it. Does a nice job fighting for positioning in coverage, using his body to box-out the receiver. Flashes a tough, competitive drive and gets the most out of his ability. Has versatile experience with experience at both free safety and cornerback - 27 career starts in the secondary. Had a productive senior season, finishing second in the ACC in interceptions with six - totaled 115 return yards on interceptions, averaging almost 20 yards per return.

Weaknesses: Bush has only average size and strength, lacking ideal muscle tone throughout his frame. Struggles on an island and doesn't have the recovery speed to hold up in man coverage. Has choppy footwork and doesn't look natural in his transition, opening his hips too early in coverage. Played mostly in the second half of the field with little experience blitzing or in press. Needs to do a better job breaking down in space and tackling through the ballcarrier in order to finish. Has some questionable durability and was often banged up over his career (hamstring and shoulder issues).

-- Dane Brugler

2011 Season

Selected first-team All-ACC by the media. Had 115 yards on six interception returns. Finished with 59 total tackles, including 41 solo. Contributed five pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.

2010 Season

Played in 11 games and made eight starts … Finished 12th on the team with 33 total tackles and second with four pass break-ups … Started at cornerback in season opener against Presbyterian (Sept. 2) … Had six tackles, including two for loss, vs. Duke (Sept. 11) … Missed the Stanford game (Sept. 18) due to a hamstring injury … Returned to start at Florida State (Sept. 25), recording four solo tackles … Made five tackles and had a pass breakup vs. Georgia Tech (Oct. 2) … Made four tackles at Maryland (Oct. 30) … Had a season-high seven tackles vs. Boston College (Nov. 6) … Had two tackles and a pass break-up at Vanderbilt (Nov. 27).

2009 Season

Started six games at free safety … Missed the final two games of the season with a shoulder injury suffered against Georgia Tech (Nov. 7) … Intercepted NC State's Russell Wilson to end Wilson's NCAA-record streak of 379 consecutive pass attempts without an interception … Returned the pick 61 yards … Earned his second varsity letter … Finished the season with 25 tackles including 19 solos … Had a season-high five tackles against Clemson (Oct. 17) and Georgia Tech … Recorded two pass break-ups vs. Maryland (Oct. 10).

2008 Season

Played in all 13 games, both in the secondary and on special teams … Missed the EagleBank Bowl after injuring his shoulder in the season finale against Vanderbilt … Saw extensive playing time at Florida State (Sept. 20) … Had four tackles vs. Miami (Oct. 25) and matched that with four against Duke (Nov. 1) … All four stops vs. UM were solos … Played on the punt, punt return and kickoff return teams … Had a fumble recovery and three-yard return against Virginia (Nov. 8).

2007 Season

Redshirted the season.

High School

The Davidson County Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 … a three-time all-conference selection and two-time all-county pick … amassed more than 3,200 career all-purpose yards … threw for 676 yards as a senior, rushed for 642 yards and averaged 44.9 yards on 11 kickoff returns … intercepted six passes as a senior for the Green Dragons … played wide receiver and safety for most of his career at West Davidson … moved to quarterback on offense for his senior year and led his team to an 8-4 record … helped lead his high school team into the North Carolina 1-A playoffs … tore his ACL as a sophomore, but played through the injury … ran a 4.45 40-yard dash … coached by Dale Barnes … an all-conference baseball player as a junior.


Born March 6, 1989 … chose Wake Forest over Appalachian State, East Carolina, James Madison and North Carolina.

Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 6/187-Josh Bush, S, 5-11, 208, Wake Forest...Converted to safety from cornerback as a senior, when he had six interceptions, and will contribute right away in the secondary and on special teams. COULD SURPRISE: Safety Josh Bush: He won't be a superstar, but his ability to do a little bit of everything-including play special teams-should make him a valuable contributor right away. Bush ran a sub-4.5 40 at the combine, played cornerback at Wake Forest and will provide much-needed depth behind the questionable starting duo of LaRon Landry and Eric Smith. - The Sports Xchange

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