Continued from page 2

On Thursday night, when Towson visits Bloomington, the Iraqi veteran will finally make his college football debut at the tender age of 25 and two days after President Obama formally announced the end of combat operations in Iraq.

The Hoosiers hope to improve on last season’s 4-8 mark and a victory over Football Championship Subdivision school Towson (2-9)would be a good start.

It’s likely Bush will have an impact, too.

He goes into the game listed as the second string defensive end, and after adding almost 30 pounds since his deployment, Bush has grown into the prototypical rush end/standup linebacker for the Hoosiers’ new 3-4 defense. But teammates look to Bush for something else _ leadership.

“I think because of his life experiences, everyone looks up to him,” senior linebacker Tyler Replogle said. “We’ve had a few brief discussions about his experience there, and it really puts everything in perspective.”

For Bush, too.

“People sometimes ask me if I regret doing it, but I don’t regret it at all,” he said of his service. “I tell it how it is so it doesn’t get misconstrued. But I knew (at Toledo) that I was never going to get the grades I needed to, and I know, 100 percent that I would not be here without the Army. I’m one guy who deserves a second chance.”