Spartan Nation would like to welcome yet another Bullough to the Spartan football family.Â
Traverse City St. Francis junior Byron Bulloughâ€™s last name should already sound familiar, but this Bullough looks forward to making his own name known when he enrolls at Michigan State in 2014.
One of the first commits of this class, Bullough was offered a scholarship as a sophomore.
Despite a disappointing 4-5 junior season due to multiple injuries to teammates, this young player took a lot of positives from the season.Â He recently joined Hondo S. Carpenter, Sr. on Spartan Nation Radio and talked about it.
â€œThe first game of the season I played safety, and that was something I was really comfortable with,â€ he says.Â â€œBut after our first game, the defensive coaches thought it would be the best thing to move to linebacker, so that was the first time I played linebacker in my career.
â€œIâ€™ve got a feel for that now, and I really got comfortable at the end of the year and was playing well. I think thatâ€™s going to carry over into my senior year and then beyond in college at Michigan State.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â He also worked on adding muscle, as his weight is up to about 212 on his six-foot-one-inch frame.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œI want to play my senior year at St. Francis at 220 or above, so by the time I get to State I donâ€™t really see myself at being less than 230.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â While he humbly says he would like to improve on â€œeverything, of course,â€ Bullough says he would really like to gain speed.
â€œNow that Iâ€™m getting bigger, I think I can get a lot faster and more explosive.Â Iâ€™m just overall trying to get better in every area.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â With plenty of time before he moves to East Lansing in 2014, Bullough says he is â€œ100% a St. Francis Gladiator right nowâ€ and not focusing too much attention on what lies ahead.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œIâ€™m obviously always thinking about Michigan State,â€ he says.Â â€œI have my entire life.Â Iâ€™ve dreamed about playing at Michigan State since I was a little child, but right now Iâ€™m in basketball season, and thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m totally focused on.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â At this point in his junior year, Bullough is happy with the way things are going as a result of his hard work both on and off the field - Spartan fans should be excited, too.
â€œIâ€™m growing into a young man,â€ he says, â€œand Iâ€™m proud of myself.â€