The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

September 2, 2009

HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU’s Busick a character

MORGANTOWN — He probably won’t play this week.

He probably won’t play this year, although it would not make much sense to bet against him avoiding a redshirt season by playing at least on special teams because, well, he is a freshman who is a special player.

It’s difficult to even figure out a way to characterize Branko Busick, a freshman linebacker out of Steubenville, Ohio, other than to say he is just that ... a character.

After a brief sitdown with him, the best way to describe him is that he is a professional wrestler waiting to happen, which is not surprising, since his father is — or was — Big Bully Busick, one of the baddest of the bad when he came to the professional wrestling circuit.

There are certain images you take out of your first face-to-face meeting with Busick, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound specimen.

The first comes when you ask him about his family.

“There’s me, my dad, my mom, my brother and our pet,” he answers.


“Yeah, a 200-pound English mastiff,” he says. “You ought to try wrestling that around.”

Eh, no thanks.

Then there’s the idea that he is going to move from football to coach Craig Turnbull’s wrestling team after the season, and this isn’t just some football player turned wrestler. Turnbull has ideas that he can become something special at that sport, too.

Certainly it’s no gimmick.

Of course, Busick has no idea how he’s going to make it work with overlapping seasons and school work and the like.

“I’m pretty curious to see how it works myself,” he said. “I got in the (wrestling) room a little bit and it felt great. Then football time came around and that now comes first.”

Of course, football and wrestling aren’t enough, either.

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