McPherson College has announced that all fans are asked to wear black to Saturday’s football season opener against Texas Wesleyan at McPherson Stadium, which has a 3 p.m. starting time.
The game will be played in honor and memory of Braden Bush, the Bulldogs’ star defensive back who died unexpectedly in June after suffering a severe asthma attack.
In 24 games over three seasons, the Blanchard, Okla., native accumulated 158 tackles - including 97 solo stops - with eight interceptions, eight pass break-ups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. As a sophomore in 2015, he picked off six passes - returning two for touchdowns - while ranking second in the NAIA in interceptions per game and fourth in total intercep tions. He had three interceptions for 114 yards and a 75-yard return for a touchdown against Kansas Wesleyan alone that season. Last fall, he returned a fumble 79 yards for a touchdown against Ottawa.
The Bulldogs will be paying tribute to Bush in other ways throughout the season that will be noticeable to all fans.