Louisville's Bush breaks right leg in season opener
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville Heisman Trophy and All-America candidate Michael Bush suffered a broken right leg Sunday night early in the third quarter in the Cardinals' game against Kentucky, an injury that will end his season.
It was apparent that the injury was severe almost immediately, as the 245-pound Bush writhed in pain on the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium turf. Louisville medical staff applied an inflatable cast to Bush's leg and he was carted off. Bush tried to rouse a stricken capacity crowd as he was taken off the field.
Louisville, ranked 13th in both polls, was leading 31-14 at the time of the injury.
|Player||School||No. of TDs|
|Garrett Wolfe||N. Illinois||39|
|* - Scored 3 times in '06 opener before breaking leg|
Bush wanted to enter the NFL draft after last year, his junior season at Louisville. He reluctantly returned for his senior year when he was told he did not project as a first-round pick.
In his career, Bush has run for 2,508 yards -- seventh in Louisville history -- and scored 41 touchdowns -- second in school history.
Bush's place in the lineup likely will be shared by senior Kolby Smith and sophomore George Stripling. Both have been productive reserves, but neither comes close to packing the short-yardage wallop of Bush.
Pat Forde is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at ESPN4D@aol.com.
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