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Riley Bullough
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Riley  Bullough

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Traverse City, Mich.

High School:
St. Francis

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 227

Position:
LB

Experience:
4L

03/22/2017

Grinz on Green: Next Group of Spartans Ready to Prove They Belong in the NFL

Drafted or undrafted, Spartans under head coach Mark Dantonio have a long track record of success at the next level.

03/22/2017

Michigan State Hosts Annual Pro Day

Nineteen former players from the 2016 team audition in front of NFL coaches and scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Building.

03/05/2017

Spartan NFL Combine Report: Sunday

03/01/2017

Three Spartans Scheduled to Participate in 2017 NFL Scouting Combine

Linebacker Riley Bullough, defensive lineman Malik McDowell and safety Montae Nicholson will participate in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

01/19/2017

Three Spartans Scheduled to Play in Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Linebacker Riley Bullough, tight end Jamal Lyles and wide receiver R.J. Shelton ready to showcase talents in front of NFL scouts.

10/18/2014

Michigan State 56- Indiana 17

10/11/2014

Michigan State 45 - Purdue 31

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience. Now it's time to develop a knockout punch. Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue

09/27/2014

Michigan State 56 - Wyoming 14

09/23/2014

September 23 Practice Update

08/14/2014

Day 12 Update

11/19/2016

No. 2 Ohio State 17, Michigan State 16

Check out the USATSI photo gallery from the Michigan State football game against No. 2 Ohio State.

11/12/2016

Michigan State 49, Rutgers 0

Check out the USA Today photo gallery from the football game between Michigan State and Rutgers.

10/15/2016

USATSI Gallery - Northwestern @ Michigan State

USATSI Gallery - Northwestern @ Michigan State

12/31/2015

Michigan State vs. Alabama

Photos from Michigan State vs. Alabama on December 31, 2015.

09/12/2015

Michigan State 31, Oregon 28

Michigan State defeats Oregon in the Spartans home opener, 31-28.

Bio (PDF) | Game-by-Game Statistics: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner finished his career with 214 tackles, becoming the fourth member of the Bullough family with 200 tackles (uncle Chuck with 391 from 1988-91; father Shane with 311 from 1983-86; brother Max with 299 from 2010-13) . . . had 18 tackles for loss (54 yards), 7.5 sacks (37 yards), four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in 50 career games, including 23 starts . . . had seven career games with double-digit tackles . . . as a junior, led the Spartans with a career-high 106 tackles as MSU won the Big Ten title and played in the College Football Playoff . . . graduated in December 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in media and information . . . was 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 Max was a four-year letterwinner (2010-13) and three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Spartans; he has spent the past three seasons with the Houston Texans (2014-16) . . . his younger brother Byron also is a linebacker on the Spartan roster.

2016 SEASON (SENIOR): Voted one of three Spartan captains . . . became the third member of his family, along with his father Shane (1986) and brother Max (2012-13), to be elected a team captain at Michigan State . . . garnered All-Big Ten honors for the second year in a row, as he was a third-team pick by the coaches and media in 2016 . . . finished second on the team in tackles for loss (6.5 for 13 yards) and third in tackles (76) despite missing three games (Wisconsin, Indiana, BYU) due to an injury . . . started all nine games he played in . . . his 8.4 tackles per game average led the Spartans and tied for eighth best in the Big Ten in the regular season . . . in addition, his 64 tackles (9.1 avg.) in conference play ranked sixth best in the league . . . tallied double-digits in tackles four times in 2016: season-high 14 vs. Michigan (Oct. 29), 12 vs. Northwestern (Oct. 15), 11 each vs. Ohio State (Nov. 19) and Illinois (Nov. 5) . . . had at least one tackle for loss in five of the nine games he played in . . . won a team-best five awards: Downtown Coaches Club Award (most outstanding senior defensive player), Biggie Munn Award (most inspirational defensive player), Iron Man Award (strength and conditioning), Doug Weaver Oil Can Award (team humorist), and the Captains Award (team captain) . . . collected eight stops in his final collegiate game at No. 7 Penn State . . . started at middle linebacker in Ohio State game and logged 11 tackles while sharing the team lead with three QB hurries, finishing second among linebackers and tied for fourth on defense with 13 production points . . . started Rutgers game at middle linebacker and shared the team lead with six tackles . . . was starting middle linebacker at Illinois and notched team-leading 11 tackles with one TFL; led team with 16 production points against the Fighting Illini . . . was starting middle linebacker vs. No. 2 Michigan and registered season-high 14 tackles, including 1.5 TFLs, finishing with defense-leading 20 production points . . . the 14 tackles tied for second most of his career . . . started at middle linebacker at Maryland and logged two tackles, both tackles for loss for 7 yards, before getting disqualified for targeting in the first quarter . . . returned to the Spartans’ lineup vs. Northwestern after missing the previous three games due to injury . . . after a combined 12 tackles in first two games, doubled his season output by logging season-high 12 tackles in return to action vs. Northwestern, adding one QB hurry to lead linebacker corps with 15 production points . . . started at middle linebacker at Notre Dame and registered four tackles with one tackle for loss . . . started Furman game at middle linebacker . . . logged eight tackles with one tackle for loss and added two QB hurries.

2015 SEASON (JUNIOR): Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and third-team pick by the media . . . also named second-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele . . . led team and ranked 16th in the Big Ten with a career-high 106 tackles (7.6 avg.) . . . became the first Spartan to record 100 tackles in a single season since his brother Max had 111 in 2012; it marked the seventh season a member of the Bullough family has led Michigan State in tackles (father Shane in 1985-86; uncle Chuck in 1990-91; brother Max in 2011-12) . . . recipient of the team’s Biggie Munn Award (Most Inspirational Player: Defense) and Doug Weaver Oil Can Award (team humorist) . . . led the team with 226 production points during the regular season . . . ranked fourth on the team in sacks (4.0 for 20 yards) and tackles for loss (7.5 for 24 yards) . . . tied for team lead with two fumble recoveries . . . also had two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two pass break-ups . . . named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team after leading MSU with 11 tackles in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic vs. No. 2 Alabama . . . in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. No. 4 Iowa, had five tackles, forced a fumble on Iowa’s first possession, and his hit on Hawkeye tight end George Kittle led to an interception in the end zone in the second quarter . . . racked up 22 production points in the win over Penn State to lead the linebackers; collected seven tackles, broke up a pass, and forced a fumble that led the Demetrious Cox’s 77-yard fumble return for a touchdown . . . named one of three Spartan unsung heroes for his performance against the Nittany Lions . . . led Spartans with 20 production points and tallied four tackles in win at No. 2 Ohio State, as MSU held the Buckeyes to 132 total yards; named Spartan Defensive Attack Force Co-Player of the Week . . . credited with a team-high 30 production points in the win over Maryland; had a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter to give MSU a 14-7 lead, and also had seven tackles (one for loss; half sack) . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week against the Terrapins . . . compiled 16 production points at Nebraska; had five tackles and recorded his third career interception when he picked off a Tommy Armstrong pass in the end zone and ran it back 17 yards midway through the third quarter, halting a Nebraska scoring drive . . . recorded 18 production points at Michigan; tallied seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack, against the Wolverines . . . had five stops, three quarterback hurries and forced a fumble in compiling 21 production points vs. Purdue . . . although suspended for the first half vs. Central Michigan (targeting penalty in second half vs. Air Force), still tallied seven tackles and returned a fumble 13 yards in the fourth quarter that led to MSU’s fourth touchdown of the game in the 30-10 victory over the Chippewas . . . recorded a career-high 16 tackles (5 solos, 11 assists) against Air Force and was named the team’s Defensive Attack Force Player of the Week; recorded a team-high 28 production points against the Falcons . . . named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after tallying 14 tackles (five solos, nine assists) and a pass break-up in the end zone in the win over No. 7 Oregon, as MSU held the Ducks to 123 rushing yards, their lowest output since November 2013 . . . also was credited with a quarterback hurry on Oregon’s fourth-and-16 play from the MSU 43-yard line with just over a minute left in the game, forcing Vernon Adams to come up short on his pass attempt intended for Bralon Addison . . . totaled a team-high 29 production points against Oregon . . . collected nine tackles and three sacks in the season opener at Western Michigan in his first career start at middle linebacker, compiling 14 production points . . . became the first player since Denicos Allen in 2011 to record three sacks in one game.

2014 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in all 13 games, including his first career start against Eastern Michigan in Week 3 . . . ranked 10th on the team with 71 production points during the regular season . . . collected 29 tackles, including four for losses (17 yards) . . . ranked fifth on the team with 3.5 sacks (17 yards) . . . tied for fourth on the team with two interceptions . . . played a majority of the 2014 season at Sam linebacker, but moved to Mike late in the regular season following an injury to Jon Reschke . . . recorded two tackles, including a half sack (3 yards), in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic victory against No. 4 Baylor . . . had a huge final series against the Bears to help seal the victory, registering a half sack of Bryce Petty, along with teammate Marcus Rush, on second down with seven seconds left, and intercepting a pass on third down with two seconds remaining in the game . . . credited with a season-high five stops at Penn State, including a half sack (4 yards) . . . recorded his first career interception and had two tackles vs. Rutgers . . . compiled 19 production points at Maryland, including a 4-yard sack . . . tallied 17 production points vs. No. 19 Nebraska (three tackles, fumble recovery) . . . collected two stops, including a 4-yard sack, vs. Wyoming . . . posted three tackles in his first career start vs. Eastern Michigan . . . recorded three tackles in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State, including a half sack (2 yards) . . . returned to the defensive side of the ball at linebacker in spring practice in 2014 after spending the 2013 season at running back and fullback.

2013 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Made the transition from linebacker to running back during the last half of spring practice . . . moved into the role of fullback at the beginning of the Big Ten season . . . primarily saw action on special teams . . . saw action at linebacker during bowl practices . . . ranked fifth on the team in rushing (83 yards) and carries (22) . . . also had three receptions for 11 yards . . . collected three tackles on special teams . . . had 34 rushing yards on 10 carries (3.4 avg.) vs. Youngstown State . . . rushed for 36 yards on six attempts (6.0 avg.), including a 19-yard gain, in win over South Florida . . . collected 12 yards on five carries in his collegiate debut vs. Western Michigan . . . rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries for the White in the spring game while also playing linebacker for the Green.

2012 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Player of the Week a team-high three times . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Central Michigan . . . earned Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week accolades vs. Wisconsin . . . named Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Minnesota.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation’s top outside linebackers by Scout.com (No. 44) and Rivals.com (No. 52) . . . also listed among the country’s top safeties by ESPN.com (No. 37) . . . named to SuperPrep’s and PrepStar’s All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among the state’s top seniors by Lansing State Journal (No. 11), Rivals.com (No. 13), ESPN.com (No. 15), The Detroit News (No. 16) and Detroit Free Press (No. 22) . . . started 29 career games at quarterback for Coach Greg Vaughan at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Michigan . . . also saw action at linebacker and safety during his prep career . . . suffered a broken collarbone in the fifth game of 2011 season . . . accounted for 619 total yards and 10 touchdowns in five games . . . completed 21-of-43 passes (.488) for 292 yards and four TDs as a senior . . . rushed 42 times for 327 yards (7.8 avg.) and six scores in 2011 . . . also credited with 31 tackles, including 2.5 for losses (15 yards), three pass break-ups and a forced fumble as a senior . . . produced 927 total yards and 16 TDs in 2010 . . . hit 38-of-86 throws (.442) for 654 yards, six TDs and four interceptions as a junior . . . added 273 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs in 2010 . . . recorded 67 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, three pass break-ups and an interception as a junior . . . posted a career-best 16 tackles vs. Grayling in 2010 . . . voted the team’s offensive MVP as a sophomore after leading the Gladiators to the state title . . . completed 36-of-62 (.581) for 598 yards, 12 TDs and five interceptions in 2009 . . . totaled 10 tackles and an interception as a sophomore . . . son of Shane and LeeAnn Bullough . . . born Nov. 23, 1993.

BULLOUGH'S CAREER STATISTICS

RUSHING G Att Yds TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G 2013................ 14 22 83 0 19 3.8 5.9 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2016................ 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 50 22 83 0 19 3.8 1.7

TOTAL OFFENSE G Rush Pass Total Avg/G 2013................ 14 83 0 83 5.9 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0.0 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0.0 2016................ 9 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 50 83 0 83 1.7

RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 2013................ 14 3 11 0 7 0.2 3.7 0.8 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2016................ 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 50 3 11 0 7 0.1 3.7 0.2

SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2013................ 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2014................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2015................ 14 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.4 2016................ 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 50 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0.1

KICK RETURNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2013................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2014................ 13 2 23 0 13 11.5 1.8 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2016................ 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 50 2 23 0 13 11.5 0.5

INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2013................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2014................ 13 2 -1 0 0 -0.5 -0.1 2015................ 14 2 61 1 44 30.5 4.4 2016................ 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 50 4 60 1 44 15.0 1.2

ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2013................ 14 83 11 0 0 0 94 6.7 2014................ 13 0 0 0 23 -1 22 1.7 2015................ 14 0 0 0 0 61 61 4.4 2016................ 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 50 83 11 0 23 60 177 3.5

TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2012................ 0 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2013................ 14 1 2 3 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2014................ 13 15 14 29 4.0-17 2 0 1 0 2015................ 14 48 58 106 7.5-24 4 2 2 0 2016................ 9 20 56 76 6.5-13 0 0 0 0 TOTAL............... 50 84 130 214 18.0-54 6 2 3 0

SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2012................ 0 0 0 0.0 0 2013................ 14 0 0 0.0 0 2014................ 13 2 3 3.5 17 2015................ 14 3 2 4.0 20 2016................ 9 0 0 0.0 0 TOTAL............... 50 5 5 7.5 37

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