Michigan State Football: 25 best players of the Mark Dantonio era

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 04: Trae Waynes /
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Max Bullough, Michigan State Spartans
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 29: Linebacker Max Bullough #40 of the Michigan State Spartans reaches for running back Rex Burkhead #22 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game at Memorial Stadium October 29, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Michigan State 24-3. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) /
  • Third-team All-American (2013)
  • Two-time First-Team All-Big Ten (2012-13)
  • First-Team Academic All-American (2013)
  • 11th in MSU history in tackles for loss (30.5)
  • 18th in MSU history in total tackles (299)

Unfortunately, Max Bullough never got to close his career at Michigan State in the dream scenario: a Rose Bowl appearance. Yes, Michigan State made the Rose Bowl during Bullough’s senior year, but he was suspended, somewhat mysteriously, by Mark Dantonio for an off-field incident.

The first of three Bullough siblings, Max is arguably the best linebacker Dantonio has ever coached and he is also one of the smartest — his former teammates in Houston with the Texans called him ‘the computer’.

One of the best leaders in school history was a First-Team Academic All-American, a Third-Team All-American and a two-time First-Team All-Big Ten selection. He had his best season as a junior, racking up 111 yards, 12.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks with an interception.

Bullough made the family name proud in a Spartan uniform, finishing 11th in MSU history in tackles for loss and 18th in total tackles.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to catch on at the NFL level.