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April 20, 2006

Michael Bush expects no break Friday night

After rushing for a an amazing 36 touchdowns and 2,380 yards in his three year career, Louisville running back Michael Bush could have declared for the NFL Draft this spring. Instead, the 6-4, 250-pound bruiser is back for his senior season and spring practice.

Now just 24 hours from Friday night's Spring Game 2006 on ESPN-U, most had assumed Bush would have an easier workout Friday night to make sure he stays healthy and to give the younger players a chance to shine in front of the fans. Bush says he isn't expecting a light workout under the stadium lights.

"No, I doubt it," Bush said after Wednesday's last practice. "Coach is always full-go, you know how Coach is - so I don't think I'll be coming out anytime soon."

So what is Bush hoping to prove Friday night that he hasn't already?

"Just me. Just the same thing I've been trying to show here for three years," Bush said with a broad smile. "Keep going the same way. I just want to showcase how good our linemen are and having a good all-around game."

Bush had talked about getting down under 235 pounds, but after winter workouts and spring drills so far, he seems as big as ever. Bush appears to have trimmed down some, but added even more muscle. He has bad news for Big East defenders who may have been excited to hear he was working to lose weight.

"Ain't too much changed, really. I just think I put on more muscle," Bush said.

Now a veteran, Bush was asked what he thought of the Cards' effort this spring.

"We're all competitive. We love to play the game. Our defense flies around to the ball, and our offense makes plays," Bush said. "I like that."

Many Cardinal players will head home for a brief break after classes are over and before reporting back for summer workouts. In preparation for what could be a Heisman-esque senior season, Bush will stay on campus to workout.

"I want to try to stay here to keep in shape like I am, hit the weights and get ready for the workouts in the summertime," Bush said. "I want to be ready for two-a-days."

The 2006 Louisville Spring Game will kickoff Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

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