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After a terrific career at Michigan State, senior linebacker Max Bullough was suspended for the Rose Bowl and has not spoken about why he was not allowed to play the final game of his collegiate career.
He was invited to the East-West Shrine game earlier this month but weighed in at 265 pounds, 20 pounds more than his listed playing weight at Michigan State.
He finished his finished his senior season with 76 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 10 passes defended and a forced fumble. He was known for his hard-hitting, downhill style of play and excellence against the run.
The Bears started the 2013 season with D.J. Williams manning the middle linebacker position, but he was injured in Week 6 and finished the year on the injured reserve with a ruptured pectoral tendon. With Williams' injury, rookie Jon Bostic was thrust into the starting middle linebacker role and struggled.
In late December, general manager Phil Emery told The Waddle & Silvy Show, according to ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson, "(Bostic is) at middle linebacker; maybe in the future his best position might be at one of those outside spots where he is filling from the backside and able to use his unique talents to the best of his ability.”
If the team opts to move Bostic to outside linebacker, the team still has a need at the middle linebacker position. Williams is set to become a free agent and while the team could re-sign him or look to other free agents to fill the spot, the team still needs young depth at the position.
Bullough is the type of player that could contribute immediately on special teams and could develop into a solid option at middle linebacker, particularly against the run.