However, an email press release expressing disappointment was all the media received with word Bullough would be suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of team rules, leaves the Spartans missing their defensive leaders and could see ripples form when the Spartans take the field against Stanford.
There is no mistaking the Spartans on field leader has been Bullough since taking over the starting middle linebacker position his sophomore year. A two-time captain as elected by his teammates, Bullough's leadership abilities are a key reason the Spartans have build one of the best defensive groups in the country.
Just as the quarterback on offense is important for the units overall success, Bullough has been labeled by defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi the defensive quarterback. Narduzzi has trusted the Traverse City, Michigan native to keep the Spartans in the right alignment for the past three seasons and that will be hard to replace in the biggest game the Spartans have played in the Mark Dantonio era.
Bullough was third on the defense with 76 total tackles with 9.5 tackles for loss. While he only recorded 1.5 sacks, he was credited with 10 quarterback hurries. But the key to the Spartans success is Bullough's ability to help open up others on the defense to make plays. On the Spartans Rose Bowl depth chart, fifth-year senior and former walk-on Kyler Elsworth is listed as Bullough's back-up. During his career the Goddrich, Michigan native has primarily seen action on special teams but could see an expanded role on the biggest stage.