PRO: The Titans signed free agent linebacker Riley Bullough during the 2019 offseason to provide depth to the linebacking corps. The 6-foot-2-inch, 228-pounder was originally signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft. The Traverse City, Mich., native appeared in 12 games with three starts over two seasons as a Buccaneer.
• In 2018, saw action in nine games and made three starts, including his first NFL start. Posted 13 tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass defensed.
• In 2017, played in the final three games of the season after being elevated from the practice squad and totaled one tackle and two special teams stops.
• During his rookie season in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers were featured on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks.’ As an undrafted rookie competing for a roster spot alongside the likes of established veterans Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander, Bullough was established as a storyline and given the nickname ‘Joe Dirt’ due to his long hair that he has since cut off.
• Bullough was a third-generation Michigan State Spartan (grandfather, Hank, guard, 1952-54; father, Shane, linebacker 1988-91; and uncle, Chuck, linebacker, 1988-91), and the fourth member of the Bullough family to reach 200 tackles at Michigan State. His older brother, Max, and younger brother, Byron, also played linebacker for Michigan State, and his uncle, Bobby Morse, was a running back.
• Was named a captain his senior season (2016) and became the third member of his family to be elected captain at Michigan State (father, Shane, 1986; brother, Max, 2012-13).
• His grandfather, Jim Morse, was a halfback at Notre Dame from 1954-56, and his uncle, Jim Morse, was cornerback for the Fighting Irish from 1976-77.
• Brother, Max Bullough, spent time with the Houston Texans.
• Awarded the Doug Weaver Oil Can Award two seasons at Michigan State, (2015, 2016) given to the team’s humorist.
• The Traverse City, Mich., native originally signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a rookie free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft.
• Waived by the Buccaneers on Sept. 2, 2017 and signed to the team’s practice squad a day later.
• Signed by the Buccaneers to their active roster from the team’s practice squad on Dec. 12, 2017.
• Waived by the Buccaneers on Sept. 11, 2018.
• Signed by the Buccaneers on Oct. 22, 2018.
• Waived by the Buccaneers on April 29, 2019.
• Claimed by the Titans off waivers from the Buccaneers on April 30, 2019.
• Played in 50 games with 23 starts over four seasons at Michigan State (2013-16). Totaled 214 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, four interceptions with one for a touchdown, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a Spartan. Had seven career games with double digit tackles.
• As a senior (2016), appeared in and started nine games. Recorded 76 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. Ranked third on the team in tackles and second on the team in tackles for loss despite missing three games due to injury. Averaged a team-best 8.4 tackles per game. Earned All-Big Ten honors (third team) by coaches and media and was named captain. Won five awards as a senior: Downtown Coaches Club Award (most outstanding senior defensive player), Biggie Munn Award (most inspirational defensive player), Iron Man Award (strength and conditioning), Doug Weaver Oil Can Award (team humorist), and the Captains Award (team captain).
• As a junior (2015), saw action in 14 games with 13 starts and posted a career-high and team-leading 106 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. His 106 tackles ranked 16th in the Big Ten. He became the first Spartan to record 100 tackles in a single season since his brother Max in 2012 (111). Earned All-Big Ten second team (coaches, Phil Steele), and third team recognition (media).
• As a sophomore (2014), appeared in all 13 games and made his first career start. Totaled 29 tackles, four tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery.
• As a freshman (2013), saw action in 14 games after making the transition from running back to linebacker. Carried the ball 22 times for 83 yards and also notched three tackles on the season.
• Redshirted in 2012.
• Majored in media and information at Michigan State.
• Attended St. Francis (Mich.) High School where he played linebacker, safety and quarterback,
• At outside linebacker was ranked No. 44 (Scout) and No. 52 (Rivals) in the nation. At safety was ranked No. 37 (ESPN) in the country.
• Rated among Michigan’s top seniors by Lansing State Journal (No. 11), Rivals (No. 13), ESPN (No. 15), The Detroit News (No. 16) and Detroit Free Press (No. 22).
• Voted the team’s MVP as a sophomore after leading the Gladiators to a state title.
• Son of Shane and Lee Ann Bullough.
• Follow Bullough on Twitter and Instagram at @rileybullough.
• Born Riley James Bullough on Nov. 23, 1993 in Muskegon, Mich.