BIO: Moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons as a return specialist. Defensive numbers last year included 48/2/4 when he averaged 26.7 yards on 22 kick returns, with two scores. Averaged 28.4 yards on 23 kick returns as a junior, bringing one back 99 yards for a touchdown.
POSITIVES: Explosive track sprinter who translates his speed onto the football field. Quick-closing on the play, stays with opponents out from their breaks or easily runs downfield with receivers. Willing run defender who plays with an aggressive style. Breaks games open returning kicks and runs away from opponents in the open field.
NEGATIVES: Lacks instincts on defense and does not show a good sense of timing. Under-sized and loses out in battles at cornerback.
ANALYSIS: A terrific athlete yet raw football player, Rushing's game-changing skills on special teams are his ticket to the NFL.