Pack Pride Profile: LB Oliver Hoyte

Oliver Hoyte could very well be the leader of the Pack's LB corps in 2005. We take an in-depth look at this talented defender.

Oliver Hoyte

Senior Linebacker

No. 22

Nickname- Ollie

6-3, 252 pounds

Chamberlain High School, Tampa, Fla

2003 stats

- In 2003 Hoyte tallied 97 tackles including eight tackles for loss, three QB hurries and two pass-breakups.

- In 2003, Hoyte was in on 492 plays, he contributed with a tackle, QB hurry or pass break on 21% of the plays (102).

2004 stats

- Last season, Hoyte collected 93 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, six QB pressures and one pass breakup.

- In 2004, Hoyte was in for 397 plays. He recorded a tackle, QB pressure or pass breakup on 25% of the plays (100).


- Named NC State's top conditioned athlete for the middleweight division as a sophomore.


High School Accolades

- named all-state

- all-region

- all-conference

- two-star prospect

Recruited By:

-former Pack coach Chris Demarest

2005 Outlook

- Had he not been injured during the last two games of 2004, Oliver Hoyte was on pace to record 112 tackles and 18 tackles for loss on the season. Those totals would have made him the ACC's No. 4 tackler and would have tied him with Travis Johnson from Florida State as the conference's leader in tackles for loss. The hard-hitting Hoyte always seemed to be at his best against the top teams. In contests against Miami, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, the rising senior recorded a total of 42 tackles (14 tackles per game average), 8.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. This season, Hoyte will play with more size and must adjust to his move to weak-side LB. He will likely be counted on to lead the NC State LB corps and, with his size and experience, could potentially make the nation's No. 1 defense in 2004 even better.

Recognition potential

- Had he not been injured for the last two games of last year, Hoyte very well may have been named all-conference in some capacity. If he's able to play out the entire 2005 schedule injury-free, there's no reason not to expect Hoyte to challenge for all-conference honors next year. He could also go a long ways toward solidifying himself as one of next year's top inside LB prospects for the NFL draft.

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