Riley Bullough carries on MSU family legacy at linebacker

East Lansing — When Riley Bullough realized the opportunity to become Michigan State’s next starting middle linebacker was staring him squarely in the face, he knew things were about to change dramatically.

The Spartans junior said it struck him just before spring practice. No longer was he the guy that was moving around from linebacker spot to linebacker spot, playing in specific situations. This was his chance to be the man, something that is a bit of a rite of passage in his family.

“I said, ‘It’s time to step up, Riley,’ ” the younger brother of former standout Max Bullough said. “I said, ‘You’ve been moving around a little bit and it’s time to step up and emerge as that “Mike” you need to be and should be.’ ” – Read more at

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