Riley Bullough Comfortable At MIKE Backer

Having seen an early career move to running back before getting back on defense, junior linebacker Riley Bullough finally feels comfortable running the Spartans defense from the MIKE linebacker position.

Having already earned two letters has Riley Bullough continuing a family tradition of making plays for the Michigan State Spartans.

Early career moves from defense to offense and back have now settled with Bullough coming off a solid sophomore season with much expected out of him this fall at the head of the Spartans defensive attack.

Spartan Digest spoke with Bullough during the Spartans recent media day and found a player finally comfortable on where he's at in his career.



Everyone already knew about Bullough before he arrived on campus as he was the latest in his family to give Michigan State a commitment. Was a Scout top prospect at outside linebacker coming out of high school. Helped Traverse City (Mich.) St. Francis to a state title as a sophomore when he was voted the team's offensive MVP.


All eyes have been on Bullough since his arrival and during his first year at MSU he was named the Spartans scout team player of the week three times during the 2012 season. In 2013 made the move from linebacker to running back seeing most of his action on special teams. Moved back to linebacker during the Spartans bowl practices. Last season saw action in all 13 games and earned his first career start. Finished 10-th on the team with 71 production points after collecting 29 tackles, including four losses. Came up big in the Spartans Cotton Bowl win over Baylor when he teamed with Marcus Rush to sack Bryce Petty.

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