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Michigan State LB Riley Bullough Makes Butkus Award Watch List

Fifth-year senior now on three preseason watch lists.

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Stud Michigan State Spartans middle linebacker Riley Bullough is on the watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker.

Bullough is one of 51 players on the watch list, and is also on the watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, according to Both are given to the top defensive player in college football.

Bullough, 6-2 and 230 pounds, will learn if he’s a semifinalist for the award Oct. 31. Finalists will be named Nov. 21 and the winner Dec. 6.