Linebacker Riley Bullough recorded a team leading and career-high 14 tackles and a pass break-up against the Ducks earning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Spartans co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Tressel had nothing but praise for Bullough.
“Riley has given us a great combinatino of emotion, leadership and productivity,” said Tressel. “He’s doing an excellent job making all of the calls on defense while leading the team in tackles and sacks.”
This marks the first time since November of 2013 (Denicos Allen) that a Spartan has earned the award.
Joining Bullough on the Big Ten honors list was true freshman running back L.J. Scott who becomes the first Spartan to earn the honor since the award’s inception in 2013.
Scott rushed 11 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. He gained 66 yards on eight second-half carries, including touchdown runs of 6 and 38 yards. The later score came off right tackle with 10:51 remaining in the fourth quarter and gave the Spartans their final points on the night.
Spartans co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach Dave Warner was extremely happy with Scott’s performance.
“L.J. had a big night for us with the ball in his hands,” said Warner. “He’s a very special runner, who in his short time here at MSU has shown the ability to run through tackles. Against Oregon, almost have of his 76 yards came after contact. We expect L.J. to continue to get even better as the season progresses.”