Bullough Ready For Another Chance

Spartans linebacker Max Bullough knows a lot is ridding on Saturday's return trip to Iowa.

Sophomore Max Bullough may be the leader of this year's Michigan State defense. However, just a season ago, Bullough was the understudy learning on the run as the Spartans powered their way to a Big Ten Championship.

Will last year's experience pay dividends on Saturday when the Spartans travel to Iowa City for a major battle against the Hawkeyes?

"I think it's huge," said Bullough. "Going back to the game last year at Iowa, that was really disappointing for us. We had the Rose Bowl in our sights going into that game, and we kind of let it slip away. We didn't show up the way we wanted to, so this year it's an opportunity to get that back. It's nice to go over there and have another chance at it – you only have so many chances to do things, and this is one of them."

Bullough knows the keys to stopping the Hawkeyes will be quarterback James Vandenberg and running back Marcus Coker.

What has the Traverse City (MI) native seen from Coker?

"He's really a big guy," said Bullough. "We've seen some similar running backs at Wisconsin and other teams down the stretch, but I think he's one of the most physical backs we're going to see all year. We're looking forward to playing against him. He's going to be a great challenge for our defense. Their whole offense has been consistent over the past few years, but it's going to be an especially difficult challenge because this game means so much."

As for Vandenberg, the Spartans sophomore knows there are some similarities between him and the Iowa signal caller.

"He's been consistent and I think he's been a good leader for them," said Bullough. "He doesn't have a lot of experience, but then again, I have the same amount of experience he has. We're all out there playing the same game, so we'll see what happens on Saturday."

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