ANN ARBOR, Mich. — If you haven’t heard all about the pregame fracas that took place between Michigan and Michigan State on Oct. 20, then you’re living under some kind of rock.
(Catch up here if you haven’t:)
While he doesn’t coach Michigan linebacker Devin Bush Jr. directly, Wolverines defensive line coach Greg Mattison not only loves Bush’s game and personality, but also who he is as a person.
Watch the video above or read his comments on Bush below:
“Well, Devin Bush is a phenomenal linebacker,” Mattison said. “And I keep saying it, and I mean this: he’s got tremendous character. He’s a great young man, he’s intelligent.
“And after I say that a few times, I always go, ‘Because he’s a Michigan Man.’ And I mean that.
“Having been to other schools and things like that, I’m telling you what a Michigan Man is, and it’s him! A guy that has so much invested in his teammates, so much invested in how he plays that when somebody disrespects you, that bothers you. I don’t know how you are, but I’m not one of those guys that when somebody does something like that where I’m just gonna walk away, no big deal! He showed his emotion right there. Whether that was right or wrong, that’s Devin. Devin is a premier linebacker in this college football game right now.
“The whole thing happens — when you put as much into playing like you’re supposed to like our kids have, when people that, when people disrespect you, people don’t treat you like you feel like you should be, you’re gonna show some emotion, because you have invested so much.
“Devin is just another example of the guys that we work with on this defense and on this team — I’m not singling out offense, either! I don’t have them. But with this team, I was glad to see it. Showed how much this meant. Showed how much the rest of his teammates meant to him.
“Then all you have to do is watch the film and see how he played! Go ahead and do it again if you want — see what happens! A little better than a pep talk to him.”