EAST LANSING — Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough, whose sack produced a fumble and a Spartan touchdown in Saturday’s 14-0 win over Purdue, has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
The former St. Francis standout recorded a season-high 10 tackles in the win, the seventh time he’s had double-digit tackles in his four-year career. It’s the first time he’s earned Big Ten weekly honors.
The shutout was Michigan State’s first in Big Ten play since 1999. The Spartans limited Purdue to 66 yards rushing, just seven in the second half. It was Bullough’s play in the first half, though, that may have had the biggest impact.
“Max made a game-changing play early in the second quarter, with a sack resulting in a fumble that Denicos Allen returned for a touchdown,” coach Mark Dantonio said in a release. “In the NFL, one out of every six sacks results in a fumble, and that’s our defensive mentality. So it was great to see Max cause the fumble and Denicos capitalize by scoring the TD.
“There’s no question that Max runs the show on the field. He gets all 11 guys on the same page. It doesn’t show up on the stat sheet, but Max regularly puts guys in positions to make plays. So he might not get credit for the sack or tackle for loss, but he put his teammate in position to make that play.”