StateFans Player Profile: LB Stephen Tulloch

StateFans takes a look at LB Stephen Tulloch.

Stephen Tulloch

Sophomore Linebacker

No. 50

5-10, 226 pounds

Killian High School, Miami, Fla.

2003 stats

- In 2003, Tulloch played in 12 games- registering 65 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, two pass-breakups and six QB pressures.

- In 2003 Tulloch was in for 246 plays. He recorded a tackle, QB hurry or pass-breakup on 30% of the plays (73).


- Team top defensive newcomer

High School Accolades

- all county

- all state

- No. 8 LB in the nation by Tom Lemming

- No. 37 player in Florida according to SuperPrep

Recruited By:

- WR coach Doc Holliday

2004 Outlook

- Even as a freshman, Stephen Tulloch showed why the NC State coaches were so high on him coming out of high school. Playing with reckless abandon and a motor that runs in overdrive on every play, Tulloch became an instant fan favorite when he ran down Florida State WR and 100-meter track champion Craphonso Thorpe from behind during the Pack's contest with the Noles last year. Blessed with tremendous football instincts, the only factor that would seem to slow Tulloch is the Pack's depth at LB this year. In 2003, Tulloch was the Pack's most effective defender- "statting" on a higher percentage of plays than any other Wolfpack defender. With so much potential, Tulloch could challenge for a starter's spot at either MLB or OLB with experience being the only limiting factor. If he earns the minutes on the field, it's feasible to think Tulloch could double his production from last year.

Recognition potential

- Before he can become a candidate for all-conference honors, Tulloch will first have to earn a starting spot in the Wolfpack LB corps. Should that happen, there's no reason to think Tulloch couldn't challenge for some level of all-conference mention in 2004 with some national recognition possible given his penchant for flying all over the field.

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