2015 NFL DRAFT

Max Bullough, ILB

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Traverse City, MI
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 249 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
18175-6
Player News
01/14/2014 - Former Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough hasn't been heard from since he was suspended just before the Spartans left for California to play in the Rose Bowl last month. In the interim, Bullough did accept an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game, and he showed up for practice a bit above his playing weight. Bullough, whose listed weight is 245 pounds, weighed in at 265 pounds, according to Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman. The game is Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Bullough, a two-time captain for the Spartans who was named third-team All-America and first-team All-Big Ten, is projected as a mid-to late-round selection in this spring's NFL draft. He declined interviews at practice, Auman tweeted. - Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News

01/08/2014 - Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough has an opportunity to make a comeback. The East-West Shrine Game announced Wednesday that Bullough has accepted an offer to play in its event Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The senior was suspended on Dec. 26 for violating team rules and the details of what he did were not announced and have not been reported. The two-time captain, third-team All-America and All-Big Ten player did not play in the Rose Bowl, where the Spartans beat Stanford. Kyler Elsworth replaced Bullough and made the victory-sealing tackle on fourth-and-1 near midfield with 1:46 left against the Cardinal. Max Bullough's grandfather, father and two uncles played football at Michigan State. His younger brother, Riley, was a redshirt freshman on the team last season. - AP Sports

12/26/2013 - Michigan State LB Bullough suspended for Rose Bowl...Senior captain Max Bullough, the team's leading tackler, was suspended by Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio for the Rose Bowl. "Max Bullough has been suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of team rules," coach Dantonio said in a statement issued after midnight Thursday upon landing in Los Angeles. No specifics were available on the cause of the suspension and Dantonio said "no further comment" would be made on the issue. Bullough, a two-time team captain, calls the defensive signals and has been dubbed the quarterback of the defense by coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who took it a step further. "He is a computer on the field," Narduzzi said earlier this month.

Narduzzi said there are days when Bullough will be the one correcting the coaches, not vice versa. An announcement on adjustments in the defense could come Thursday, when the Spartans are scheduled to have Dantonio and five players -- including Bullough -- available to media at DisneyLand. Bullough is unlikely to attend. Michigan State, the No. 1 defense in the nation, has 41 wins in Bullough's career. - The Sports Xchange

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Max Bullough, Michigan State, Linebacker...The Traverse City, Mich., native has 296 career tackles in 52 games, including a team-high 39 consecutive starts. He ranks 11th in MSU history with 30 tackles for loss (100 yards) in his career, including 7.5 sacks (48 yards), and ranks 19th in the school record book in tackles (296). Bullough also has 11 passes defended (three interceptions, eight pass break-ups) and four forced fumbles. - Michigan State football

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Max Bullough, Michigan State, Linebacker...A three-year starter at middle linebacker, Bullough earned his second-straight All-Big Ten First Team nod from the coaches and also was named to the first team by the media. Bullough ranks among the team's leaders in tackles (third with 64), quarterback hurries (tied for second with 10), tackles for loss (third with 9) and production points (third with 211). He was named one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

In his last appearance in Spartan Stadium, Bullough recorded nine tackles, including a 2-yard loss, as Michigan State completed its first-ever 8-0 Big Ten season with a 14-3 victory over Minnesota. Bullough also compiled nine tackles in the win at Nebraska on Nov. 16. - Michigan State football

10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Max Bullough, Michigan State, Sr., LB, Traverse City, Mich./St. Francis...Recorded 10 tackles, including two for loss and a sack, and forced a fumble in Michigan State's shutout against Purdue, the Spartans' first shutout of a conference foe since 1999...Had a hand in the Spartans' first score of the game, recording a sack and a forced fumble in the second quarter, resulting in a 45-yard Denicos Allen touchdown return...Posted double-digit tackles for the seventh time in his career as the Spartan defense allowed just 226 total yards...Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor...Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Darqueze Dennard (Oct. 6, 2013). - Big Ten football

09/11/2013 - Scouting the Michigan State run defense: Michigan State allowed just 11 yards rushing in the opener and 89 in the victory over South Florida while ranking fourth in the nation in rushing defense. Middle linebacker Max Bullough continues to anchor the defense while outside linebacker Denicos Allen has matched Bullough with 13 stops. The play in the middle of the line by Micajah Reynolds and Tyler Hoover has also been solid as teams are having a hard time finding any room to run. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2013 - Scouting the Michigan State run defense: The Spartans were the No. 1 rushing defense in the Big Ten last season, giving up 98.6 yards a game. The entire linebacking corps is back, led by senior Max Bullough in the middle. There are changes in the middle, however, as the tackle position has been a bit fluid. Seniors Tyler Hoover and Micajah Reynolds will start and Mark Scarpinato and Damon Knox have been good in camp, but James Kittredge and Lawrence Thomas have been slowed by injury. That unit will be key in keeping the Spartans stout against the run. - The Sports Xchange

08/14/2013 - TOP MICHIGAN STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 4. ILB Max Bullough (6-2, 242, 4.74)...As for weaknesses, Bullough simply isn't the rangy, explosive athlete that a lot of NFL scouts are looking for at the position. His first step isn't incredibly strong, and he lacks fluidity when asked to slide and cover significant ground laterally. As a pass defender, he struggles to establish any real depth in his zone drops, and will lose a step in transition when coming out of a backpedal to run with a tight end or receiver in one-on-one coverage.

When it comes to leadership, toughness, intelligence and physicality, Bullough is everything you want an inside linebacker to be at the next level. But for an NFL team to spend a high draft pick on the position, they'll want to know the player is capable of being on the field every down.

Bullough is already considered to be one of the top-10 inside linebacker prospects for the 2014 draft, but he could catapult himself up the ranks this season if he can exhibit better overall range and make a more consistent impact in the passing game. And as instinctive and intelligent as Bullough is, he'll only accomplish this with even better anticipation and awareness than he's already shown, considering his limited athleticism. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

08/14/2013 - TOP MICHIGAN STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 4. ILB Max Bullough (6-2, 242, 4.74)...For the second straight year, Max Bullough led the Spartans in tackles in 2012 with 111, and posted 12.5 tackles for loss before receiving First-Team All-Big Ten honors and being named one of 12 Butkus award finalists. Off the field, he wasn't too shabby either, posting a 3.73 gpa (finance) and being named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

He enters his final year with even higher expectations, as Phil Steele's and Athlon Sports have named him to their preseason All-American and All-Big Ten teams, and he is featured on watch lists for several prestigious awards including the Bednarik, the Butkus and the Lombardi awards.

An instinctive, physical defender, Bullough exhibits strong awareness to diagnose the run early and converge on the line of scrimmage with aggression. He's a solid fundamental tackler who does a good job of keeping himself clean through traffic, and plugs the hole with dynamic closing burst. He's extremely active pre-snap as he's constantly barking out reads and directing line shifts. Downfield, he uses his length and natural hand strength to attack, punch and disengage from blockers, and exhibits good vision to maintain an eye on his target while battling. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2013 - 2013 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST: Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State...Bullough is one of five student-athletes who represent the Legends Division on the Big Ten preseason Players to Watch list, joining Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez and Northwestern running back Venric Mark.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Bullough has been named to 2013 preseason watch lists for five national awards: Butkus Award (top collegiate linebacker), Lombardi Award (college lineman of the year), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player), Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year) and Lott IMPACT Trophy (defensive impact player of the year). In addition, he is featured on the College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy watch list.

Bullough enters his third season as Michigan State's starting middle linebacker in 2013. The three-year letterwinner has 223 tackles, including 21 for losses (77 yards) and 6.5 sacks (41 yards), in 40 career games. - Michigan State football

07/18/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Max Bullough, Michigan State...Bullough will be entering his third season as Michigan State's starting middle linebacker in 2013. The Traverse City, Mich., native has 223 tackles, including 21 for losses (77 yards) and 6.5 sacks (41 yards), in 40 career games. Bullough has started every game at middle linebacker since the beginning of the 2011 season (27 consecutive games), a streak that ranks tied for longest on the Spartan defense (strong safety Isaiah Lewis; defensive end Marcus Rush).

A first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and a second-team pick by the media in 2012, Bullough led the team in tackles for the second-straight year with a career-high 111 stops (51 solo, 60 assists), which ranked ninth in the Big Ten (8.5 avg.). He also ranked second on the team and tied for ninth in the Big Ten with 12.5 tackles for loss (45 yards), and in conference games, he ranked fourth in the league in tackles (76; 9.5 avg.). - Michigan State football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Max Bullough, Michigan State...Bullough is a three-year letterwinner who will be entering his third season as Michigan State's starting middle linebacker in 2013. The Traverse City, Mich., native has 223 tackles, including 21 for losses (77 yards) and 6.5 sacks (41 yards), in 40 career games. - Michigan State football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Max Bullough, Michigan State...Bullough, who also has been named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, is a three-year letterwinner who will be entering his third season as Michigan State's starting middle linebacker in 2013. The Traverse City, Mich., native has 223 tackles, including 21 for losses (77 yards) and 6.5 sacks (41 yards), in 40 career games. Bullough has started every game at middle linebacker since the beginning of the 2011 season (27 consecutive games), a streak that ranks tied for longest on the Spartan defense (strong safety Isaiah Lewis; defensive end Marcus Rush).

A first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and a second-team pick by the media in 2012, Bullough led the team in tackles for the second-straight year with a career-high 111 stops (51 solo, 60 assists), which ranked ninth in the Big Ten (8.5 avg.). He also ranked second on the team and tied for ninth in the Big Ten with 12.5 tackles for loss (45 yards), and in conference games, he ranked fourth in the league in tackles (76; 9.5 avg.). - Michigan State football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Max Bullough, Michigan State, LB...Bullough is a three-year letterwinner who will be entering his third season as Michigan State's starting middle linebacker in 2013. The Traverse City, Mich., native has 223 tackles, including 21 for losses (77 yards) and 6.5 sacks (41 yards), in 40 career games. - Michigan State football

05/17/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Max Bullough, LB, Michigan State...Three-year letterwinner enters his third season as Michigan State's starting middle linebacker in 2013...has 223 career tackles in 40 games, including 27 consecutive starts...has 21 tackles for loss (77 yards) in his career, including 6.5 sacks (41 yards)...is a third-generation Spartan, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Hank (guard, 1952-54) and father Shane (linebacker, 1983-86) who played football at Michigan State. - Michigan State football

 
 
Player News
01/14/2014 - Former Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough hasn't been heard from since he was suspended just before the Spartans left for California to play in the Rose Bowl last month. In the interim, Bullough did accept an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game, and he showed up for practice a bit above his playing weight. Bullough, whose listed weight is 245 pounds, weighed in at 265 pounds, according to Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman. The game is Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Bullough, a two-time captain for the Spartans who was named third-team All-America and first-team All-Big Ten, is projected as a mid-to late-round selection in this spring's NFL draft. He declined interviews at practice, Auman tweeted. - Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News
 

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