Tulloch To Enter NFL Draft

Pack Pride has learned that NC State junior linebacker Stephen Tulloch will forego his senior season and will enter his name in the 2006 NFL draft.

Tulloch led the Wolfpack with 150 tackles this season, ranking second in the ACC and 12th nationally.

The Miami, Florida, native played in 35 games in his three-year career, starting 18 contests. The weakside linebacker was a first- team All-ACC performer in 2005 and was named the MVP of the Meineke Car Care Bowl after notching a game-high 15 tackles, including five for loss and three sacks) and forcing and recovering a fumble.

"I would like to thank Coach Amato and all of the people at NC State for a wonderful experience," said Tulloch. "Coach Amato has taught me so much, and I appreciate the opportunities that he has given me.

Linebacker Stephen Tulloch
This decision is a personal one and one that I feel I have to make at this time for my family. I wish the Wolfpack the best and will always consider this my second home.

What factors influenced this decision?
"This was a very hard decision to make. I love everything about playing at NC State. I love our coaches, I love our fans, I love the atmosphere at Carter-Finley Stadium. But I love my family even more and because of some personal reasons, I just feel that this is the best thing for us at this time."

What about people who might say you aren't ready:
"I agree that you can always get better, but I feel that I am leaving on a very positive note. The way Coach Amato led our team at the end of the season and the way we turned it around just makes me see how hard work pays off. I have done research and know where I am projected to go. I hope that with hard work and determination I can improve on those positive projections."

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