Get to Know a Rookie: Max Bullough

May, 20, 2014
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A conglomeration of drafted and undrafted rookies gathered together last week to learn how to be NFL players.

Bill O'Brien was asked if they were in football shape and he said no. He added, though, that it wasn't their fault.

"Preparing for the draft is such an individual type deal and now they are part of a team and they have to come in here and be a member of a team and understand again what teamwork is all about," O'Brien said. "In addition to that, the conditioning is really lacking because they’ve been doing shuttle runs and 40-yard dashes, and broad jumps and vertical jumps, nothing that has to do with the conditioning of playing football. So they are way behind on that."

He started the process of getting them caught up during the rookie minicamp. It continues for those who stick around throughout the summer.

Most of these players won't make the 53-man roster, but what they have right now is a chance.

And while they have that chance, let's get to know them a little better.

Name: Max Bullough

Position: inside linebacker

College: Michigan State

Acquired: Undrafted free agent

Football background: Started three seasons in college and finished his career with 299 tackles. Was considered a fourth or fifth-round pick before going to the combine and doing really well in drills there. Bullough's 30 reps bench pressing 225 pounds was tied for the most among inside linebackers and his 40-yard dash time was the second best among inside linebackers. Bullough, a captain for the Spartans, was suspended for the Rose Bowl this year and has consistently declined to talk about why, though he did have to explain the situation to teams. That could account for his drop to an undrafted free agent. If he does what he needs to, there's an opportunity for him here as the Texans are a bit thin at inside linebacker. Beyond Brian Cushing, there is a lot of uncertainty there.

Did you know? Bullough's father, grandfather and two uncles played football at Michigan State. His grandfather, Hank Bullough, was a member of Michigan State's 1954 team that won the Rose Bowl. He went on to be a fifth-round draft pick in 1955. "It’s a name that I’ve been honored to carry, obviously since I was born," Max Bullough said. "At Michigan State, it held a lot of weight and that’s something I’m used to. I look at it as a positive, as an advantage; I can go to people that understand what I’m going through."

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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