2021 Steelers Training Camp Preview - Looking at UDFA Rico Bussey Jr.




In 2018, then North Texas receiver Rico Bussey Jr. had the nation's attention


He alongside former. Mean Green quarterback Mason Fine formed one of the best tandems in college football that year. Bussey Jr. himself enjoyed tremendous success as he ranked eighth in the nation in touchdown catches, and produced 1,017 receiving yards.


Coming into the 2019 season, Bussey Jr. was destined for stardom. In addition to being added to the Biletnikoff Watch List, he came out of the gates quickly in week one against Abilene Christian, when he registered 156 yards on just four receptions and a touchdown. Everything seemed to be heading the right direction until week two against California, when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. What was seemed like a promising season came to an unexpected end.


Bussey Jr. would return in 2020 and transfer to Hawaii for his final season, where he put up modest numbers. He would never recapture the same momentum he garnered from his junior year. One could only envision the course of his career had he not suffered such a serious injury.


From a physical standpoint, Bussey Jr. has many of the attributes NFL teams look for in a receiver. At 6'2, he has the athleticism, ball skills, and route-running abilities that could lead to a roster spot. Bussey Jr.'s biggest obstacle is the fact that he landed on a team with one of the deepest receiving units in the league. Yet overcoming the type of injury he sustained to play again is indicative of his resilience.


With training camp over a month away, the fact Bussey Jr. has made it this far is a victory in itself. Though the odds are against him, one can expect Bussey Jr. to make the type of impressive that could potentially earn him a role on the team.

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