Last year, Bushy Wells was Collins High School’s second-leading tackler behind linebacker Masal Whyte, now a freshman player at Western Kentucky University. Wells suffered an ACL injury to his left knee late in his sophomore year, but bounced back strong his junior season. He made 21 solo tackles and had 77 assists while helping Collins to a 13-2 record en route to the Class 4-A state title..
How did you get the nickname Bushy?
When I was a baby, I had a big Afro and the nickname has stuck with me ever since.
How did you spend your summer?
I had a job at Dairy Queen, I went to WKU’s football camp here at Collins and I stayed in the weight room as much as possible. I went fishing a few times, played pick-up games in basketball and played video games — 2K14, the newest NBA game and Madden 13 (football).
You only ran the ball three times for a total of 23 yards last season, but coach (Jerry) Lucas expects you to be a good running back this year with your speed and quickness. He says, “You ought to see him run the ball.” How does Lucas plan to use you on offense?
I will be at middle linebacker, but I will rotate with Sam Harrod at running back as much as I can. I’m a fullback. I like defense better because it’s more intense, but I like to run the ball. I was a running back before I tore my ACL.
Have you ever scored a touchdown?
I scored against Waggener on a 20-yard counter play. That was really exciting, but it surprised me because I was mainly playing defense.
Do you hope to play football in college?
That’s my dream. I sort of like Georgetown College and Morehead State.
Collins lost to Highlands 47-0 in the 2012 Class 4-A final, then upset the Bluebirds on a 12-yard TD pass from Browning Becherer to Nathan Sames with seven seconds left last year. How did that stunning reversal come about?
We were shell shocked the first time we went to State and we had a lot of the same players back when we went again last year. A lot of people doubted us except for our coaches. I was on the sidelines when we won the game. I was excited and jumping up and down.
Collins opens a new season tonight at Simon Kenton, a team that nipped the Titans 23-21 on a last-second field goal in the 2013 opener. What can we expect from Collins this season?
We can go back to State and win it again. Our offensive and defensive lines are our main strength, and that’s where you win games — on the line.
— Bob White
ANTUAN ‘BUSHY’ WELLS UP CLOSE
<PS.FRT7.187> School: Collins
• Year: Senior
• Sport: Football
• Student/athlete: Bushy said his most interesting class is Anatomy. “I like learning about the human body,” he said. He participates in the school’s pep club called “Titan Nation,” and in Black Achievers. He hopes to major in business or communications in college. Bushy will play some running back and also middle linebacker in football this fall.
• Family: Bushy lives with his mother and stepfather, Darcel and Ernie Wolf. He has two older brothers and two older sisters. A sister, Allayah, played college basketball.
• Coach: Jerry Lucas: “Bushy was unquestionably the leader on our defense last year. He’s always positive and talking to his teammates. He got hurt in the 2013 state championship game against Highlands, but he was in it (mentally) from start to finish. He’s completely into Titan football and our success. You’ve got to have someone like that on your team. You love to have someone like Bushy. He’s very personable. I’d love to see him play at the next level.”