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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Marcus Rush Freshman All American

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I had the pleasure of speaking with Michigan State defensive end Marcus Rush yesterday. Marcus has been named Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. Rush is one of two Big Ten players selected to the 28-man team, joining Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell.
This is the second time a SportsLeader graduate has earned a spot on the FWAA Freshman All-America Team, as Rush joins linebacker Greg Jones (2007), also from Michigan State, who now plays with the NY Giants.
Marcus opened preseason camp near the bottom of the depth chart at defensive end but with his tremendous work ethic worked his way into the starting lineup. He ranked third on the team in tackles for loss (12 for 45 yards) and sacks (4 for 23 yards)
He helped Michigan State finish 11-3 in 2011, tying the school single-season record for victories. MSU implemented the mentoring this season.
One of the things that helped him the most was the great relationships he was able to build with his coaches, especially his mentor coach. He said they spoke numerous times during the season and it really, really helped to talk with a coach about some personal things.
The mentoring also strengthened his relationships with his friends as they helped one another make good decisions and stay away from temptations.

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