Three fifth-year seniors named team captains for the 2016 Michigan State Spartans.

Michigan State wrapped up their preseason work with Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio announcing three fifth-year seniors as captains for the 2016 season. Linebacker Riley Bullough, safety Demetrious Cox and quarterback Tyler O’Connor were announced as the leaders of this year’s team.

After a year of many questions as to why Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook was not named a captain.  Projected starting quarterback Tyler O’Connor was joined by Riley Bullough and Demetrious Cox as captains for 2016. 

Here is a look at each with quotes provided by the Michigan State athletics department.


Demetrious Cox – Fifth-year Senior
Hometown: Jeannette, PA
Position: Safety/Corner

Enters his second season as a starter having played both corner and safety during his career.  Has played in 41 career games earning Third-team All-Big Ten last year from the coaches in the conference.

When asked Cox had the following to say about being picked by his teammates as a captain.

“It is surreal. It is a blessing. It is such a blessing. I feel honored that they have that much faith in me. I have faith in myself, I always have. I just feel like from the past couple of years, being vocal and picking people up around me has been my goal and that is where it has come from.”



Tyler O'Connor – Fifth-year Senior
Hometown: Lima, OH
Position: Quarterback

Enters his first season as a starter after being a back-up to the departed Connor Cook.  No matter how his final year wearing the Green and White goes, O’Connor will always have his place in Spartans football history as being the quarterback that led MSU to a big victory over Ohio State in 2015.  Enters the season having played in 14 games while passing for 374 yards (34-54) and four touchdowns while also adding 94 yards rushing with two scores.

When asked what it means to be named a team captain.  O’Connor had the following to say.

“It means a lot. It is something that has been a goal of mine since I stepped on campus. Before I got here, Kirk Cousins was a three-time captain. That was originally my goal. I have always felt like such a leader and I love being in charge of things. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but I finally get my chance to step up and do what I can do. To have the respect and votes of our other players, it really means a lot.”

Scott Reed - Spartan Digest

Riley Bullough – Fifth-year Senior
Hometown: Traverse City, Mich.
Position: Linebacker

Enters his final season at MSU as one of the top linebackers in college football.  Has played in 41 career games, including 14 starts with 138 career tackles and 7.5 career sacks.   Joins father Shane and brother Max as team captains.

When asked Bullough had the following to say about what being a captain means to him.

“It is awesome. To be voted captain by my teammates, the guys that I am out here practicing every day with, working out with, just being with them really 24/7. For them to elect me out of all of the special guys we have on this team, that means a lot.”



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