Michigan State MLB and Captain Max Bullough Talks Spring Game, Youth Clinic, Riley and Being a Senior!
Q: I know that you are the Captain of the team and that itâ€™s your team, Max. But if you could set that aside for a minute. Talking to all your teammates yesterday after practice, it was all Riley. What Riley brought. Can you be the proud brother for just a minute, talk about what that means to you?
A: Oh absolutely. I think watching him come hereâ€¦when he first came and was playing linebacker, that was even fun. And now that heâ€™s playing on offense, making plays, I think itâ€™s just that much more fun. Heâ€™s a guy thatâ€™s been able to just get in there with the 1â€™s and the 2â€™s and heâ€™s not sitting behind me. Heâ€™s always made a name for himself, whatever sport it was or however old we were. So Iâ€™m really proud of him. I love watching him and I encourage him every time I see him.
Q: Talk about that first collision. He even talked about loving it. It wasnâ€™tâ€¦you two are closeâ€¦ it was just the fun of competing against each other again. Was it fun for you, bring back memories?
A: Yeah, itâ€™s fun. Itâ€™s just like when we were kids. Itâ€™s not as competitive as it was back then. But itâ€™s fun, going out there and competing with him on an everyday basis. It was kind of ironic. Like I said, the first 3 or 4 runs he had I think I was the one making the tackle.
Q: I wanna go back to last yearâ€™s Spring Youth Clinic if you would. It was the first time the kids really surrounded you. They were looking for Max. Do you remember going back and being that little kid? Now that youâ€™re the focal point, this is your team, is that different for you? Is it weird?
A: A little bit, yeah. Itâ€™s fun. Itâ€™s a lot of fun to have the kids recognize you. Itâ€™s one thing when they know youâ€™re a Michigan State football player, but itâ€™s another thing when they know your name and they really search you out. So itâ€™s fun to see those kids smile and you know you really understand the impact you have on them. You know they think about you, they watch you on TV, and then at school. Thatâ€™s one of the really cool things that canâ€™t be counted that happens when you go here.
Q: I was speaking at an event recently and they asked me about you. I said, Heâ€™s great with the media but I donâ€™t think he overly enjoys it. But when heâ€™s at the youth clinic, itâ€™s the same smile he wears playing football. You like that as much as playing, donâ€™t you?
A: Itâ€™s fun. Like I said, itâ€™s just something that you can â€˜t measure. You canâ€™t set in stone. Itâ€™s just a feeling you get when kids look up to you and you can learn from them when you have fun with them, mess around with them, be a kid yourself for a minute. I think thatâ€™s as fun as anything.
Q: Talk about this green team. What do you think of your roster? I think you did pretty good.
A: I think we did well. Itâ€™s tough drafting your own team because youâ€™re going back and forth so much. But itâ€™s good. I got aâ€¦I donâ€™t even remember, thatâ€™s why I was trying to look up who we gotâ€¦but I think we got a pretty good squad.
Q: For you, whatâ€™s the biggest thing youâ€™re looking for out of this game? Is it just not to get hurt? Because thatâ€™s not how you play. Youâ€™re gonna treat this like itâ€™s Notre Dame under the lights.
A: No. I think the minute you start playing like that, thatâ€™s when you start getting into trouble. This game is about competing, like itâ€™s been all spring. I sound like a broken record, Iâ€™ve been saying it over and over, but itâ€™s about competing. Itâ€™s about getting better. And for the young guys itâ€™s getting out there with some people out there, with a little bit of pressure on the line. And trying to build their strength, build their confidence.
Q: Has it hit you yet, this is my last year? Does it not just seem like you were just committing? Has it hit you yet?
A: It has. Itâ€™s really weird. I think it will hit me even more once we start playing. Everythingâ€™s kind of a first of the last. But itâ€™s definitely hit me. Itâ€™s coming up on my last spring game and everything. Itâ€™s just a little bit different. Itâ€™s a little bit different having it be the last time around.
Q: I had a lady email the radio show the other night and said that she was looking forward to the Youth Clinic to tell you thank you for coming back. Does that hit you as kind of unique? That people appreciate you? You could have went to the NFL.
A: Well, yeah, I could have. I think a lot of guys in that position obviouslyâ€¦ I think I wasnâ€™t near ready. Iâ€™m not near ready where I wanna be, in terms of going and putting myself out in that position and audition for that job, if you will. Iâ€™m glad I came back. Obviously I think it would have been an ill-advised decision not to. But Iâ€™m happyâ€¦ The fans look at me in that way and look at me as Iâ€™m that good that I could have left and they made that decision. But Iâ€™m happy I came back. I think Iâ€™ll be much better off because I did.
Q: Obviously you take your brother first at running back. People might smile on that or whatever. But what have you seen from him, just in the short time playing running back that makes you wanna take him that early?
A: Itâ€™s the same thing Iâ€™ve seen from him as a kid. Heâ€™s a hard, tough-nosed kid. He runs downhill, heâ€™s a competitor, heâ€™ll compete, heâ€™ll never quit. Thatâ€™s my brother. Heâ€™s a guy that Iâ€™ve seen grow up and heâ€™s just good. Heâ€™s good at almost everything he does. He runs downhill, heâ€™s picked up the offense fast and I want him on my side.