We begin a series that looks at unknown Buccaneers featured on Hard Knocks. First up: Riley Bullough.
Tuesday night on Hard Knocks, many of us were introduced to Riley Bullough. The former MSU linebacker became an instant fan favorite with his hard-hitting, aggressive attitude and leadership ability. Before Bullough made his way to Buccaneers camp, Bullough was ranked 52 as a linebacker (Rivals) and 13 (Rivals) as a safety, before starting his eventual career at MSU.
While at MSU, Riley played 50 games in four years recording 214 total tackles, 4 interceptions and 18 tackles for a loss. In 2012, Bullough redshirted and played on the scout team. Riley also played a little fullback and running back in 2013, but in 2014 made the transition back to linebacker where he recorded his first career interceptions. Fast forward to 2016, he continued to improve and was elected one of three captains for the Michigan State team. Riley is the fourth member of his family to play football for Michigan State Spartans, along with his uncle Chuck, father Shane and brother Max.
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While Bullough didn’t receive the hype garnered by many linebackers, he was quickly noticed at Bucs training camp when Koetter pointed out his leadership at a team meeting. Riley did play some outside linebacker in college and could have the versatility to backup Lavonte David as well as Mike linebacker, Kwon Alexander.
Getting a starting spot may be tough, but a backup position may be in the cards for the hard-working little known linebacker from Traverse City. Whatever the case, I am rooting for him to make the team. I think he has the potential to be a strong special teams player in his first year. Who doesn’t want this guy to make the team?
Bonus: The man has got a voice on him, doesn’t he? Look i don’t know how that can be helpful, but regardless that scene in Hard Knocks was pure comedy. Only problem I have is this…. Fettywap? Questionable, but we’ll let it slide.
Follow Riley on twitter @RileyBullough