Max Bullough is in a great position nowadays. He’s the starting middle linebacker on one of the best defenses in college football. The senior linebacker has been considered one of the best at his position in the Big Ten for years, but now that he is down to his final season, it could be time for him to become the best in the nation.
A season ago, Bullough finished with 109 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception. He has quickly evolved into a ball-hawk and has improved his pass coverage over the last couple of seasons. Along side talented backers in Taiwan Jones and Denicos Allen, he is part of one of the most talented groups in the nation.
The Michigan State Spartans were not one of the best teams in the conference last year, although they did finish with 10-plus wins in the previous two seasons. Michigan State underperformed offensively and was considered one of the disappointing teams out there — especially after beginning the season ranked in the top-15.
Bullough didn’t care what anyone was saying about his team because he had one job to do: get better. In the offseason, the senior captain made a speech to the entire team telling them that he believed the Spartans had what it took to win, and win often.
That speech is a testament to how much he believes this team can succeed and everyone knows the defense will be fine when he’s in charge. This is his team right now and he’s willing to do everything it takes to ensure the Spartans make the Rose Bowl.
Nine tackles in the first game of the season against Western Michigan is a start. He helped lead the Spartan defense to two touchdowns — yes, they scored more than the offense did — in a 26-13 win over the Broncos.
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