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Deon Bush | Safety

Team: Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205

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Miami senior S Deon Bush "has had an up-and-down career" but is still the ninth-best safety in the nation, according to Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
"While he can be beat in man coverage, he's a physical player with explosive straight-line speed, all of which will be even more important this year with the holes the Canes have to fill in front of him in the front seven," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Bush recorded 53 tackles, five forced fumbles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks, 5 passes defended and 2 interceptions as a junior. Jun 29 - 8:32 PM

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NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Miami senior S Deon Bush will become the first Hurricane safety drafted since Brandon Meriweather and Kenny Phillips went in the first round in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

"The Miami native should join the aforementioned 'U' talents as a first-round pick if he continues to separate the ball from its owner (five forced fumbles last season) and increase his other production (had career highs of 53 tackles, four for loss, and three interceptions in 2014)," Reuter wrote. The analyst praised the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Bush's range and cage rattling hits. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier in the day that Bush must improve his "route recognition in coverage and his break down skills while in motion vs. the run."
Jun 15 - 9:47 PM

Miami senior S Deon Bush is a "terrific athlete with the required length, physicality and ballskills for the safety position at the NFL level," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"A tall, rangy defensive back, Bush is a terrific athlete with the required length, physicality and ballskills for the safety position at the NFL level. He is used all over the Hurricanes' defense, giving scouts an opportunity to evaluate him as a blitzer, in run support and single high in coverage," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Bush recorded 53 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, with five passes defended and two interceptions as a junior. Brugler adds that Bush needs to "improve his route recognition in coverage and his break down skills while in motion vs. the run, but the attitude and base traits have attracted NFL attention."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 15 - 3:29 PM

Miami senior S Deon Bush is "a versatile athlete who simply needs to show more consistency in his senior season to ensure he’ll be one of the more coveted free safeties on teams’ draft boards," wrote ESPN's David Hale.

Bush finally broke out in 2014, recording 53 tackles, two interceptions and five forced fumbles. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bush is a former ESPN 150 prospect. He's struggled staying healthy over the past few years, so draftniks will want to monitor his durability this fall.
May 18 - 10:08 PM

Miami junior S Deon Bush (hamstring) and junior WR Herb Waters (neck) have both been ruled out for the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh Saturday.

The Hurricanes' weekly injury report confirmed the news. Bush will miss his second straight game with a hamstring issue, originally suffering the injury against FSU. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bush's two interceptions are tied for the team lead.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 03:13:00 PM

Miami head coach Al Golden notes that junior S Deon Bush is questionable for Saturday versus Pitt, according to Sun Sentinel's Christy Chirinos.

"Al Golden said S Deon Bush (hamstring) did not practice today, says "it will be close" for Saturday," Chirinos tweeted. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bush sustained a hamstring injury during Miami's loss to FSU.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 02:06:00 PM

Miami sophomore S Deon Bush has been medically cleared to play, but his status for the school's opener is uncertain.

Bush suffered a sports hernia in June which caused him to miss time. "I don’t know. It’s up in the air right now. He’s cleared to play, so it’s just a function of how comfortable he feels," Al Golden said. The Canes open against FAU on Friday night.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 09:14:00 AM

Miami starting freshman S Deon Bush will likely miss Saturday's game against Virginia with a stinger suffered last week.

"We’re holding him out right now," head coach Al Golden said. "If I was going to list him today, it would be doubtful." Bush has three pass breakups and three forced fumbles on the season.
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 09:43:00 AM