August 29, 2012

'Complicated' offense earns respect of Spartan defenders

EAST LANSING - Michigan State captain Max Bullough described the Boise State offense as complicated during interviews on Tuesday.

"It's really a little bit of everything," said the junior linebacker. "They run the zone, they run the power, they run a little of spread, they'll hit you deep. I don't really have a name for it, but I think it is a great offense because it is hard to put your finger on what they are doing."

Part of Bullough's job description as Michigan State's starting MIKE linebacker is making defensive calls for the front seven. Few linebackers in college football are as adept as Bullough at diagnosing offenses pre-snap and directing traffic thereafter. But even a player with Bullough's football IQ and instincts runs the risk of being turned inside out by the elaborate shell game that Boise State plays with formations and personnel groups to disguise plays.

"It makes it a little bit more of a difficult game up front, getting things situated and making sure that we have the right guys in the right spots," said Bullough. "But in the end it is just a football game and as long as we can get all of our pre-snap things down and the things that we have been doing for a week and a half, we will be fine."


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