At Big Ten Media Days, Michigan linebacker Khaleke Hudson was asked how the Wolverines will replace Devin Bush and who will step up at inside backer.
His answer? Josh Ross.
“Josh Ross has stepped up magnificently. He’s looking good,” Hudson said. “Getting stronger, getting faster, getting smarter. He’s taking that role and running with it. I have no doubt in my mind that he’s gonna have a great season, I know he’s gonna have a great season, he’s a huge part of our defense this year.”
Josh Ross is ready to step-it-up for Michigan this season. pic.twitter.com/vJm5xHNmc8— PFF College (@PFF_College) July 20, 2019
In 2018, Ross recorded 61 tackles (22 solo, 5 for loss) and 1 sack. Ross’ biggest games in 2018 were against Ohio State and Florida, where he had 7 and 11 tackles. Bush suffered an injury against Ohio State and then sat out the Peach Bowl versus Florida, which paved the way for Ross to receive extended snaps.
Hudson has been talking Ross up for some time now. Earlier this year Hudson said that Ross could be even better than Bush was. And that’s quite a statement considering Bush was a great player at Michigan and ended up being a first round selection in the NFL Draft.
“He’s good sideline-to-sideline, he’s a hard hitter. He reads offensive linemen very well, and he’s where he has to be all the time,” Hudson said in March. “I feel like there won’t be a drop off at all, actually. I feel he’ll come in and do the same thing Devin Bush was doing – maybe even better.”