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John Bullock emerged as a starter and key playmaker as a junior for a Blackshirt defense that posted Nebraska's best rushing defense (92.9 yards per game), total defense (303.5 yards per game) and scoring defense (18.3 points per game) since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011. NU ranked in the top 20 nationally in each of those three categories. Bullock was a big reason why as he ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 50 tackles while playing in every game with 10 starts. He added 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. Bullock wore the No. 5 as one one of 10 Huskers to earn a single-digit number in a team vote selecting him as one of Nebraska's "toughest" players.
Bullock earned his first career start at Minnesota and recorded six tackles while breaking up the first pass of his career. At Colorado, Bullock totaled five tackles. He recorded three tackles against Northern Illinois. Bullock totaled a career-high eight tackles against Louisiana Tech with his first career tackle for loss. He made two tackles against No. 2 Michigan. Bullock totaled six tackles at Illinois with his first career sack and a pass breakup. He finished with three tackles, 1.0 TFL and a half sack against Northwestern. Bullock totaled seven tackles against Purdue, including five solo stops. He made two tackles at Michigan State and had one tackle against Maryland. Bullock had two solo tackles at Wisconsin. He made his 10th start of the season against Iowa and recorded five tackles and forced a fumble.
With John starting at linebacker at Colorado and his brother, Alex, starting at wide receiver against the Buffs, the Bullocks became the first brothers to start the same game on opposite sides of the ball at Nebraska since 1987. They started the same game seven times in 2023.
Bullock played on special teams in 10 games as a sophomore. He recorded his lone tackle of the season with a solo stop on kickoff coverage at Purdue.
2021 (Redshirt Freshman)
Bullock played on special teams in every game of the 2021 season, recording five tackles. In the win over Buffalo, Bullock made the first tackle of his career on kickoff coverage, and he also downed a punt at the Bulls’ 2-yard line. Bullock also had a tackle on kickoff coverage at No. 20 Michigan State and a tackle on punt coverage at Minnesota. He added another tackle on punt coverage against Purdue. Bullock’s final tackle of the season came on punt coverage against No. 6 Ohio State, resulting in a loss of three yards on the return.
2020 (Covid Season)
Bullock added depth at outside linebacker, but did not play in a game as a redshirt freshman.
Bullock redshirted in his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Creighton Prep HS)
Bullock was a defensive standout for Omaha Creighton Prep High School, earning honorable-mention all-state recognition from both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald for his play. Bullock was also a first-team All-Metro choice by the World-Herald, helping the Junior Jays and Coach Andy Yost to a Class A state playoff appearance in 2018. Bullock was also a key part of Creighton Prep’s success as a junior, helping the team to a 9-3 record and a trip to the Class A state semifinals. Bullock had scholarship offers from Augustana and Lindenwood and interest from several other schools.
John was born on April 22, 2001, and is the son of Steve and Drlynn Bullock. He is majoring in psychology and has volunteered his time with Husker Heroes, School is Cool, the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital visits.
John’s younger brother, Alex, is a sophomore wide receiver for the Huskers.