University of Louisville's Michael Bush to enter NFL draft

(LOUISVILLE) -- UofL running back Michael Bush announced his plans to enter the NFL draft at a press conference held at the university on Tuesday morning.

The 2006 University of Louisville football season began with much anticipated hype over the combination of quarterback Brian Brohm and Bush in the offensive backfield.

After sustaining a broken leg in Louisville's first game of season against cross-state rival Kentucky,  Bush missed most of the 2006 football season. With the injury occurring early in the 2006 football season, it was possible for Bush to claim a medical redshirt for 2006 and have one more season of eligibility with UofL.

Speculation over his decision to enter the NFL draft had been widespread, especially after Monday's announced departure of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino.

Bush said he loved his time at UofL, but it was time for him to move on and pursue his dream at the next level in the NFL.

Answering reporter's questions about his leg, Bush said he had some concerns over getting hurt again next year and being able to pursue his dream, but that he felt good was ready to move on.

He said he had always planned to only play 3 years of college football. He decided to come back for his senior season to better himself, but it didn't work out as he had planned.

Bush said that if Petrino would be returning as head coach of UofL his decision would have been harder.

Bush led the NCAA in 2005 with 23 touchdowns and 1,143 rushing yards. He entered the 2006 season as a Heisman Trophy candidate.