Senior linebacker Max Bullough has been named to the watch lists for multiple awards this offseason, including the Lombardi Award and the Butkus Award. The Butkus Award is given every year to the nation’s top linebacker while the Lombardi is awarded annually to the best defensive linemen. Bullough is on the Lombardi watch list because officials state that a defensive lineman includes down linemen and linebackers lined-up within five yards of the line of scrimmage.
Bullough has also found his name on many other pre-season lists. The pre-season All-American is listed on the watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Nagurski Trophy.
The Traverse City, Michigan native and three time letter-winner will enter his senior season with 40 career games under his belt with a total number of 223 tackles, 21 for a loss for a total of 77 yards lost. He also has a total of 6.5 sacks for a total loss of 41 yards.
Bullough has been one of the most consistent forces in the Spartan defense. Currently he is holding a streak of 27 consecutive games started, tied for the longest in school history. In 2012 he had four games where he recorded double digit tackles. Bullough was instrumental in the Spartan’s win in Madison against Wisconsin last year, breaking the win drought at the Badgers home since 2001. The Spartan defense held the Badgers to 19 rushing yards in 37 attempts where they usually rush for a total average of around 200 yards per game.
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