Pack Pride Profile: LB Stephen Tulloch

LB Stephen Tulloch is one of NC State's most promising defenders. We break the rising junior down in this report.

Stephen Tulloch

Junior Linebacker

No. 50

5-11, 230 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).

2004 stats

- In 2004, Tulloch played in 11 games, starting six of those. He collected 75 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, one sack, five QB pressures and one fumble recovery. Tulloch has played in a total of 23 games.

- Last season, Tulloch was in for 291 plays. He recorded a tackle, QB hurry or fumble recovery on 28% of the plays (81).

Awards

- Team top defensive newcomer (freshman)

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

2005 Outlook

- After an extremely productive freshman season, expectations were through the roof for Tulloch headed into 2004. After spot duty in last year's season-opening blowout win over Richmond, Tulloch recorded 26 tackles and seven tackles for loss over the next three games, including a 13 tackle performance against Ohio State. However, he was slowed by a shoulder injury and his production suffered, registering just 28 tackles over the next five games. Tulloch appeared to recover as he notched 20 tackles and five tackles for loss during the Pack's final two games. A year wiser, stronger and, now, at full strength, the rising junior will enter the 2005 season as a likely starter and his ability to make plays all over the field should make a formidable defense even tougher. Tulloch has shown the ability to be dominant at times as evidenced against Florida State last year when he recorded nine tackles and four tackles for loss. If he remains healthy and can establish consistency, Tulloch could become the next "great" Wolfpack linebacker.

Recognition potential

- Without a doubt, Tulloch has the ability to make eye-opening plays at any time and from nearly anywhere on the football field. Although undersized, he makes up for that with tremendous heart and a motor that never stops. While he's shown the ability to make jaw-dropping plays at times, should Tulloch develop consistency in 2005, he could become one of the nation's best by 2006.


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