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April 15, 2010

WVU’s Busick has nose for ball

MORGANTOWN — There’s something about Branko Busick that draws you to him, especially if you happen to have a football under your arm.

As a middle linebacker, that’s the way it is supposed to be, but for a moment we’re not going to talk about the way he does his thing on the football field.

We promise, though, they we will get back to that rather quickly, for it is almost as fascinating as the kid himself.

He has a look, the look of a football player. It’s in his eyes, which are strange in a way, or it may be the cauliflower left ear that is a leftover from his wrestling days. Wrestling is in his blood, you see, his father having been a professional wrestler, Nick Busick, so you can guess what his personality is like.

It’s like your old man wears a derby, has a big handlebar mustache and is a wrestling villain ... think you’re growing up to be a shrinking violet?

Busick is a middle linebacker, maybe the most savage middle linebacker to walk into the Puskar Center since Grant Wiley was turning ball carriers into tackling dummies.

The emphasis goes on the word dummies, for there isn’t much other way to describe what it was like going at Wiley and it is begging to look like it’s that way Busick.

He probably won’t win the starting job this year, because it’s so early in his career, only a redshirt season behind him, one where he made the WVU varsity ball carriers aware of his presence on a daily basis in practice.

But don’t bet he won’t be playing a whole lot behind Pat Lazier, the starter.

“He’s a tough young guy who plays at full speed,” said Jeff Casteel, the linebacker coach and defensive coordinator.

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