Michigan State senior linebacker Max Bullough has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the Big Ten office announced on Monday.
The accolade comes after Bullough had a season-high ten tackles in the MSU football team’s 14-0 shutout victory over Purdue on Saturday.
In addition to his ten tackles on the afternoon, Bullough also had a sack that produced a fumble out of Purdue quarterback Danny Etling, which fellow Michigan State senior linebacker Denicos Allen then picked up and ran into the end zone from 45 yards out.
“Max Bullough is a controlling figure for our defense,” Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio said. “He’s a blitzer and a tackler, but most importantly, he’s a leader and communicator. Game in and game out, Max does his job.”
The award marks the first weekly honor Bullough has ever received in his collegiate career at Michigan State and comes after several accolades that he received in the preseason.
Bullough’s play this season has been a big part of one of the best defenses in the nation that has helped Michigan State improve to 6-1 on the season and first place standing in the Big Ten Legends Division.
However, despite the success Bullough and his fellow MSU teammates have been experiencing as of late, Bullough took to Twitter Monday afternoon saying “Thanks everyone for the love… Exciting way to start second half of season but last weeks over, up next Illinois.. One step at a time.”
And just as Bullough said, up next for Michigan State will be on the road at Illinois. Kickoff is scheduled for this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on both ABC and ESPN2.
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