Riley Bullough is a linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bullough was signed as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft. The talented linebacker played college football for the Michigan State Spartans.
While at MSU, Bullough 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. He 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. Bullough started one of 13 games played and collected 29 tackles, four TFL and 3.5 sacks. His play against Baylor on the final series of the Cotton Bowl secured a victory, as he assisted on a sack and intercepted a pass with two seconds remaining. That play portended a second-team All-Big Ten junior year where he led the Spartans with 106 tackles (7.5 for loss, four sacks). Bullough showed up again in the team’s semifinal loss to Alabama, making 11 tackles.
Voted a team captain in 2016, Bullough was also a third-team all-conference pick (76 tackles, 6.5 TFL) despite missing three games with a shoulder injury. He won the team’s “Most Inspirational Player” award in each of his final two seasons, as well. 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.
On HBO’s Hard Knocks, the former Spartans linebacker became an instant fan favorite with his hard-hitting, aggressive attitude and leadership ability. He also impressed everyone with his singing ability. During a rookie initiation where players must get up and sing in the team’s giant auditorium, Bullough stunned everyone when he took the stage in a slicked-back ponytail and belted out an R&B rendition of rapper Fetty Wap’s “679.”
The 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas between the Baylor Bears and Michigan State Spartans. After falling behind by 20 points, Michigan State staged a dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter to beat Baylor by a score of 42–41. This was the highest scoring Cotton Bowl ever, and the fourth bowl game in a row for Michigan State where they won after trailing at halftime.
The featured Riley Bullough #30 Michigan State Spartans Locker Room Nameplate hung above Bullough’s locker for the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic. This dynamite nameplate has been signed by Bullough with a perfect 10 black signature. The nameplate measures 3 1/2 x 18 inches. The back is white and the nameplate is in great condition!