Former Nebraska quarterback A.J. Bush, who left for Virginia Tech, is now back in the Big Ten with Illinois.
The graduate transfer committed to Illinois, he told Illini Inquirer/247Sports on Monday night.
Bush committed to Nebraska as a 3-star recruit out of Georgia spent two years there before leaving for Iowa Western Community College. He never played a down for the Cornhuskers, but at Iowa Western, he was 52-of-114 through the air for 602 yards with three touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for five touchdowns and 265 yards.
He then committed to the Hokies last season and served as the backup, playing in five games while completing seven passes for 99 yards and one score plus 135 yards on the ground.
Here’s a snipit of what he told Illini Inquirer on how he chose the Fighting Illini, where he’ll come in and fight for the starting job:
“My mindset is the same mindset I’ve had at any other school: Kust come in and compete,” Bush told Illini Inquirer. “Nothing’s given to you. You have to earn it. Nothing’s guaranteed, especially at this level. You just have to come in and relish the opportunity to compete. That’s what I’m going to do.”
He also said the coaching staff stood out, especially offensive coordinator Rod Smith.
“Basically, I got the same skill set as all his other successful quarterbacks,” Bush said. “[Smith] was telling me about the scheme and how he just needs a guy who will play point guard and distribute and lead this team. The first thing I bring is my passion, my courage and my work ethic. I will always bring that first. I also bring a dual-threat aspect, just being able to run just as good as I can pass. My arm is better than my legs, and that says a lot because I really have a lot of confidence in my legs.”