Devin Bush Named to SI's All-America First-Team, Will Hart to Second-Team

Devin Bush Named to SI's All-America First-Team, Will Hart to Second-Team

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Devin Bush Named to SI's All-America First-Team, Will Hart to Second-Team

You already know how good Michigan linebacker Devin Bush Jr. is. With one more game left in his junior season — and perhaps Wolverines career — Bush won’t match last season’s mark of 102 tackles, but his work this season with 79 tackles in 12 games, a career-tying high of 5 sacks and 9 tackles for loss (just shy of the 9.5 TFL posted in 2017), is exemplary. The speedy Florida-native may just be the best linebacker in the country.

While the honor of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, an honor given to the nation’s top defensive player, was awarded to Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen, Bush’s impact on the Wolverines has been emphatic.

And Sports Illustrated agrees, naming Bush to the publication’s first-team All-America honors.

LB: Devin Bush, Michigan

Bush is the only Wolverines defender on the first team, which doesn’t adequately represent the dominance that coordinator Don Brown’s unit displayed for most of the year as Michigan put itself in position for playoff consideration. Bush was everywhere on the field, showing up first or second on the team leaderboard in tackles, sacks, pass breakups and tackles for loss.

Bush may have been the only Wolverine to make the list, but he certainly won’t be the only one to win the distinguished honor of being an All-American. Sports Illustrated is but one of 13 selecting organizations that are generally recognized to pick All-America teams, and SI is one of a few that doesn’t list multiple players at each position.

While Sports Illustrated isn’t a selector recognized in the following, it’s also likely that Bush will get consensus honors once the other organizations make their selections. A player needs but three selections from five of the selecting publications (AP, AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News and WCFF) to earn that particular distinction.

Last year, former Michigan DT Maurice Hurst was selected as a consensus All-American, with TE Jake Butt, CB Jourdan Lewis and ATH Jabrill Peppers were all selected the year before as consensus — Peppers earned an even further accolade, being named as a unanimous All-American.

As stated, Bush has one more game left this season with the Wolverines, as he stated after winning the Big Ten Conference’s defensive player of the year award, that he will play in Michigan’s final game this year in Atlanta at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

Michigan punter Will Hart was the only other Wolverine to make Sports Illustrated’s list, as he made the specialist unit second-team. Hart punted 39 times for 1,856 yards (average of 47.59 yards-per-punt). His average is fourth-best in the nation and best in the Big Ten Conference.

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