The winningest senior class in school history can claim its 40th victory Saturday against Minnesota.
Max Bullough brings the same Bullough toughness to a new generation of football.
Bullough named one of 16 finalists for the Campbell Trophy, which will be awarded at the 56th annual National Football Foundation Dinner on Dec. 10 in New York City.
Bullough recorded a season-high 10 tackles in MSU's 14-0 shutout win over Purdue.
Middle linebacker Max Bullough, cornerback Darqueze Dennard and offensive guard Blake Treadwell share foxhole mentality.
Michigan takes on Iowa on the road
Michigan State vs. TCU (AP)
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AP Photos: Michigan State at Wisconsin
Michigan State vs. Eastern Michigan - AP Photos (9/22/12)
CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner is in his third season as Michigan State's starting middle linebacker . . . two-time team captain . . . two-time All-Big Ten First Team selection (2012, 2013) . . . has 296 career tackles in 52 games, including a team-high 39 consecutive starts . . . ranks tied for 11th in MSU history with 30 tackles for loss (100 yards) in his career, including 7.5 sacks (48 yards) . . . ranks 19th in the school record book with 296 career tackles . . . also has 11 passes defended (three interceptions, eight pass break-ups) and four forced fumbles . . . two-time Academic All-American (first team in 2013, second team in 2012) . . . 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 . . . Hank was a member of the 2013 MSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class . . . his grandfather Jim Morse (halfback, 1954-56) played for Coach Terry Brennan at Notre Dame . . . his uncles Chuck Bullough (Michigan State, linebacker, 1988-91), Bobby Morse (Michigan State, running back, 1983-86) and Jim Morse (Notre Dame, cornerback, 1976-77) played college football . . . his brother Riley is a red-shirt freshman fullback on the Spartan roster . . . his father Shane was also named a team captain in 1986.
2013 NOTES: Named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches for the second-straight year; also selected first-team All-Big Ten by the media . . . elected captain by his teammates for the second-straight year; is just the third Spartan under Dantonio to be named a captain at least twice (Greg Jones, 2009-10; Kirk Cousins 2009-11) . . . ranks third on the team in tackles (73), tackles for loss (9 for 23 yards) and production points (211) . . . ranks tied for second on the team with 10 quarterback hurries . . . named to 2013 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class and is one of 16 finalists for the Campbell Trophy, awarded to the NFF Scholar-Athlete of the Year . . . was named one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy . . . named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America First Team (3.56 GPA in finance). . . tallied nine tackles, including a 2-yard loss, on Senior Day in win over Minnesota . . . collected 20 production points and three tackles, including a 3-yard loss, at Northwestern . . . compiled 21 production points and nine tackles in win at Nebraska . . . named CBSSports.com National Co-Defensive Player of the Week after helping limit Michigan to a school-record low minus-48 yards rushing; tallied five tackles and had two QB hurries against the Wolverines. . . had five tackles, including an assist on a fourth-and-goal play, in road win at Illinois . . . named Big Ten Player of the Week after recording a season-high 10 tackles, including two for losses and a 7-yard sack, vs. Purdue; forced a fumble on his sack of Boilermaker quarterback Danny Etling, which was returned for a touchdown by Denicos Allen . . . compiled a season-high 37 production points vs. Purdue . . . posted four stops, including a 1-yard loss, and had a team-best three QB hurries vs. Indiana . . . compiled six tackles at Iowa . . . posted seven tackles at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . led team with nine tackles, including 2.5 for losses (7 yards), in season opener vs. Western Michigan.
PRESEASON NOTES: Featured on preseason watch lists for the Bednarik (defensive player of the year), Butkus (nation's best linebacker) and Lombardi (nation's best lineman) Awards . . . named to the Nagurski Trophy (defensive player of the year), Lott IMPACT Trophy and College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy Watch Lists . . . preseason All-America selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview (second team) and Athlon Sports (third team) . . . rated among the nation's top NFL Draft prospects in the Class of 2014 (No. 4 inside linebacker) by CBSSports.com . . . ranks among the nation's top inside linebackers (No. 5) by Lindy's . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele, Athlon Sports and Lindy's.
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Has collected 14 tackles in three bowl games . . . tied for the team lead with nine tackles in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. TCU . . . had three tackles vs. No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl . . . posted two stops in the 2011 Capital One Bowl vs. No. 15 Alabama.
2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): First-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and a second-team pick by the media . . . started all 13 games at middle linebacker . . . also an All-Big Ten honoree by Phil Steele (first team) and ESPN.com (second team) . . . honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly . . . one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award . . . one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy . . . elected as a captain by his teammates . . . named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, for his 3.73 GPA in finance . . . also an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second-straight year . . . finished No. 15 in ESPN.com's final Big Ten player rankings . . . recipient of the team's Outstanding Underclass Back Award (defense), Biggie Munn Award (most inspirational player) and Iron Man Award (strength and conditioning) . . . 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.) . . . recorded double-figure tackles in four games . . . ranked second on the team and tied for ninth in the Big Ten with 12.5 tackles for loss (45 yards) . . . in conference games, ranked fourth in the league in tackles (76; 9.5 avg.) . . . produced at least a half tackle for loss in each of the last eight games . . . tied for the team lead with nine tackles in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. TCU and was named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team . . . posted a team-high seven stops at Minnesota, including a 1-yard loss . . . collected eight tackles, including an assisted sack that resulted in a safety, against Northwestern . . . tallied 10 stops, including a 2-yard loss, vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . recorded career highs in tackles for loss (2.5 for 15 yards) and sacks (2.0 for 14 yards) while collecting a team-high nine stops in the overtime win at Wisconsin . . . collected 10 tackles, including a 4-yard loss, broke up two passes and had an interception at No. 23 Michigan . . . produced 11 stops, including a 2-yard loss, vs. Iowa . . . had nine tackles, including a 1-yard loss, at Indiana . . . tallied a season-high 12 tackles (8 solos, 4 assists) and forced a fumble vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . collected nine tackles, including a 4-yard loss, against Eastern Michigan . . . posted five stops and a pass break-up vs. No. 20 Notre Dame . . . had five tackles at Central Michigan, including a 10-yard loss . . . led team with seven tackles, including 1.5 for losses (3 yards), in the season-opening win over No. 24 Boise State.
2011 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Second-team All-Big Ten pick by the coaches; honorable mention selection by the media . . . selected to the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team (second team) . . . named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District V Team . . . also an Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . presented the scholar-athlete award at the Spartan Academic Excellence Gala for having the highest GPA on the team for players who have reached at least junior academic status . . . led the team with 89 tackles (6.4 avg.) and ranked second in production points (268) . . . started all 14 games at middle linebacker . . . had 7.0 tackles for loss (27 yards), including 3.5 sacks (22 yards) . . . collected six tackles and had two quarterback hurries in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin . . . tied for team high with eight tackles, including a 1-yard sack, to go along with a forced fumble and a pass break-up in win at Northwestern . . . tallied a game-high 13 tackles, including a season-best 2.0 for losses (11 yards) with a 10-yard sack, in victory at Iowa; named a game captain against the Hawkeyes . . . had eight tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, and a quarterback hurry in win over Minnesota . . . produced five tackles at No. 13 Nebraska . . . compiled four stops and a quarterback hit in the victory over No. 4 Wisconsin . . . registered eight tackles, including one for a loss (5 yards), and forced a fumble in the win over Michigan; totaled a career-best 36 production points against the Wolverines . . . led team with nine tackles, including a 7-yard sack, in win at Ohio State . . . had three tackles and an interception vs. Central Michigan . . . led team with four tackles in win over Florida Atlantic . . . recorded a career-high 15 tackles in the 2011 season opener vs. Youngstown State in his first career start; named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week.
2010 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Named to ESPN.com's Big Ten All-Freshman Team . . . saw action in all 13 games as a true freshman and registered 23 tackles (9 solos, 14 assists), including 1.5 for losses (5 yards) . . . tied for second on the team with 13 tackles on special teams . . . made three stops at No. 18 Iowa . . . credited with a half sack (4 yards) vs. Illinois . . . recorded a season-high four tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss, and his first career interception vs. Northern Colorado . . . his 20-yard interception return against the Bears led to a fourth-quarter field goal . . . enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 11, 2010, for the beginning of the spring semester.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: SuperPrep, PrepStar and (second team) MaxPreps All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top linebackers by SuperPrep (No. 14) and Phil Steele (No. 17) . . . listed among the country's top inside linebackers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 4) and Rivals.com (No. 5) . . . rated among the nation's top middle linebackers by Scout.com (No. 5) and Max Emfinger (No. 11) . . . ranked among the Midwest's top prospects by SuperPrep (No. 14) . . . rated among the state's Top 10 seniors by the Detroit Free Press (No. 2), Lansing State Journal (No. 3), Rivals.com (No. 5), Scout.com (No. 6) and The Detroit News (No. 7) . . . three-year starter and two-time all-state selection for Coach Greg Vaughan at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Mich., helping the Gladiators win back-to-back Division 7 state championships in 2008-09 . . . selected Division 7 Player of the Year by The Associated Press, anchoring a defensive unit that allowed only 5.9 points per game in 2009 . . . recorded 137 tackles (71 solos, 66 assists), including four sacks (39 yards), and three interceptions as a senior . . . also forced two fumbles, recovered one fumble and blocked a field-goal attempt in 2009 . . . versatile player also saw action at fullback and tight end . . . rushed 40 times for 466 yards (11.7 avg.) and four touchdowns as a senior . . . had 13 receptions for 174 yards (13.4 avg.) and seven TDs in 2009 . . . scored on a 31-yard reception in the second quarter, posted 11 tackles and returned an interception 20 yards to set up a third-quarter TD in a 42 8 victory over Hudson in the 2009 Division 7 state championship game . . . made 11 tackles each vs. Nouvel Catholic Central and Charlevoix . . . had 10 stops vs. Benzie Central . . . registered two 100-yard rushing games as a senior, including a career-best 138 yards and two TDs vs. Charlevoix (11 carries) . . . rushed eight times for 101 yards and a score vs. Benzie Central . . . produced 102 tackles as a junior, including five sacks . . . ran 23 times for 182 yards (7.9 avg.) and four TDs in 2008 . . . caught 17 passes for 211 yards (12.4 avg.) and three TDs as a junior . . . tallied 97.5 tackles as a sophomore, with 23 resulting in losses including four sacks . . . also earned Academic All-State honors . . . named recipient of the Ron Holland Scholar-Athlete Award as the Detroit Free Press Dream Team member with the highest grade-point average (3.96) . . . son of Shane and LeeAnn Bullough . . . born Feb. 11, 1992 . . . became 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 . . . his grandfather Jim Morse (halfback, 1954-56) played for Coach Terry Brennan at Notre Dame . . . his uncles Chuck Bullough (Michigan State, linebacker, 1988-91), Bobby Morse (Michigan State, running back, 1983-86) and Jim Morse (Notre Dame, cornerback, 1976-77) played college football . . . his brother Riley is a red-shirt freshman running back on the Spartan roster . . . his father Shane was also named a team captain in 1986 . . . majoring in finance.
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