MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 24 Max Bullough

This is the 27th in a 50-day summer series counting down the top players in Michigan State football history, as I see them. As with last year’s MSU basketball top 50, the criteria is performance and impact at MSU only, professional career irrelevant. Have your own opinion? Leave a comment or tweet at me @Graham_Couch.

No. 24 – Max Bullough

Linebacker, 2010-13, Traverse City

The skinny: Bullough’s Rose Bowl suspension will forever scar his legacy. But he was the voice and the in-the-trenches conductor of the greatest MSU defense of the modern era. Bullough was a third-team All-American as a senior, twice first-team All-Big Ten, and second-team all-league as a sophomore — a fierce and cerebral middle linebacker. He could, in real time, counter quarterbacks’ audibles with his own, a master of the pre-snap chess match, a true quarterback of three of MSU’s most gifted and disruptive defenses. – Read more at

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