When Riley Bullough stepped foot in East Lansing last fall for the first time as a member of the Michigan State football team, he never thought he would be playing anything but defense.
However, because of a recent running back battle and lack of depth at the position, the redshirt freshman has begun to do something that has many people on campus talking. No, he’s not taking his brother’s spot at middle linebacker, but he is doing something that is making his brother, Max Bullough, very proud. He has begun to take reps at running back.
In a tweet from his brother, it’s evident how proud he is of his little bro.
— Max Bullough (@Bullough40) April 15, 2013
In this day and age, it’s rare to see a college athlete play both sides of the ball, but this may be one of those occasions.
Riley was a three-star athlete according to 247Sports and looked to follow his brother’s footsteps and play linebacker at MSU. However, there is no clear cut favorite at the running back position and Mark Dantonio thought he would take his chances with the 6-foot-2, 225-pound bruiser.
Although he doesn’t have too much experience at this position, he has been getting solid reps with the first-team offense, leaving previous favorite to be No. 1, Nick Hill, on the outside looking in.
Granted, the running back battle is far from over, it was interesting to see the newly-appointed running back taken as the first overall at the position in the annual Green-White spring game draft. This is where veteran players and captains get to choose the both of the teams for the annual spring game that is taking place Saturday.
Time will tell if he remains at No. 1, but for now, Michigan State has a new-look offense.