Devin Bush Sr. is getting the opportunity to see what being a position coach is like at the college level.

With safeties coach Brian Smith leaving Michigan to become the defensive coordinator at Rice, Bush has stepped into the role while the Wolverines have been preparing for their Outback Bowl matchup against South Carolina. Bush, who is a defensive analyst with the program, is being given the opportunity to prove himself as an on-field assistant.

“He’s the interim safeties coach,” Harbaugh told The Detroit News. “I know (defensive coordinator) Don (Brown) likes Devin a lot, so do I, so this is a great opportunity for him to coach on the field. He hasn’t done that (on the college level). It’s an extended job interview. He’s doing a good job.”

Bush is the father of Michigan safety Devin Bush Jr. He’s been a coach at the high school level but has no experience as a position coach in the college game. If things go well, that may change before the start of the 2018 season.

Michigan plays South Carolina in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Kickoff is scheduled for noon ET.