Inside LB Countdown: Pullard’s Career Notes

Here is a look at the statistical milestones and career accolades of USC's Hayes Pullard, a four-year starter who recorded 377 career tackles. He checks in at No. 14 in the league's inside linebacker rankings.

Whether playing the classic 4-3 alignment as a middle linebacker or in a 3-4 scheme as a strong-side inside ‘backer, one thing that you instantly notice about USC’s Hayes Pullard — he is one of the smoothest transitional players at his position, reminding scouts of former Miami Dolphins standout Zach Thomas for his ability to handle tight ends, backs and slot receivers in pass coverage.

Pullard’s high school experience as a running back has helped him benefit greatly on the field, as he is well aware of their tendencies and cutback moves, making 21.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage during his four-year career as a starter. One of those rare college performers who has never had to come off the bench in a game, the Trojan rewarded the coaches’ faith in him by producing 377 tackles, the sixth-best career total by a Trojan.


Pullard started 52 games at Southern California — 27 as a middle linebacker and 25 at weak-side outside linebacker…Recorded 377 tackles (198 solos) with six sacks for minus 43 yards, 25.5 stops for losses of 81 yards and five quarterback pressures…Caused three fumbles and recovered another that he advanced one yard…Deflected seventeen passes and gained 46 yards with a touchdown on three interceptions.

NCAA Career-Record Results: Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, Pullard is one of nine to record at least 350 tackles…Ranks seventh within that group with his 377 hits…His 198 solo tackles rank 12th and his 179 assisted stops placed tenth among current FBS performers.

School Career-Record Results: Pullard ranks sixth in school history with 377 tackles, as the record is held by Keith Davis (481; 1991-94)…Pullard led the team in tackles in 2012 (107), 2013 (94) and 2014 (95), joining Dennis Johnson (105 in 1977; 124 in 1978; 114 in 1979) as the only Trojans to accomplish that feat three times…Twelve USC players led the team in tackles more than once during a career.


The Butkus Award semifinalist earned All-Pac 12 Conference second-team honors from The NFL Draft Report and Phil Steele, in addition to earning honorable mention from the league’s coaches…The middle linebacker became just the second player in school history to lead the team in tackles three times, as the USC Trojan Commitment Award winner recorded 95 tackles (53 solos), 5.5 stops for losses of seven yards, a fumble recovery, eight pass deflections and a 19-yard interception return.


Pullard had a team-high nine tackles (0.5 for a loss) and a deflection vs. Fresno State, then posted seven tackles and a deflection at Stanford, despite missing the fourth quarter after being ejected for targeting….Served a two quarter suspension due to the targeting rule before posting five tackles and a deflection at Boston College…Added five tackles vs. Oregon State, a team-best nine tackles (one for a loss) vs. Arizona State, a team-best nine hits (with 0.5 for loss) at Arizona…Again produced nine and two pass deflections vs. Colorado, followed by six stops (0.5 for loss) at Utah…Registered a team-best nine tackles with an interception and a pass deflection at Washington State, along with making seven tackles and a pass deflection vs. California…Recorded a team-best nine tackles (two for losses) at UCLA…Recovered a fumble and a deflected a pass vs. Notre Dame…Also had eight tackles vs. Nebraska.


The consensus All-Pac 12 Conference second-team selection was the recipient of USC's Trojan Way Leadership Award, as the squad captain started all fourteen games at middle linebacker…Led the team in tackles for the second time, registering 94 hits (43 solos) that included 5.5 stops for losses of 12 yards, three quarterback pressures, six pass break-ups and one interception.


Pullard delivered five tackles (0.5 for a loss) in each of the Washington State, Boston College and Utah State games…Added a team-best eight tackles and two pass deflections at Arizona State, totaling ten tackles vs. Arizona…Produced nine hits, including one for a loss vs. Utah…Posted seven tackles (two for losses) at Oregon State, as he also was in on eleven tackles, forcing a fumble and deflecting a pass vs. Stanford…Recorded a career-high fourteen tackles (0.5 for a loss) vs. UCLA.


The College Football News Sophomore All-American took over weak-side linebacker duties, finishing second on the team with a career-high 107 tackles (55 solos), adding two sacks for minus 13 yards, eight stops for total losses of 26 yards, one QB pressure, one forced fumble and an interception…With safety T.J. McDonald leading the team with 111 tackles, he joined Pullard in giving the Trojans their first pair of 100-tackle performers in the same season since Sammy Knight (121) and Chris Claiborne (116) in 1996 (it was also the first time since Lofa Tatupu in 2004 that any Trojan had at least 100 tackles)…Pullard’s sixteen tackles vs. Georgia Tech were the most by a USC player in a game since Troy Polamalu's 20 vs. Utah in 2001…Also recorded double-digit tackles vs. Arizona State (eleven) and Notre Dame (thirteen).


Pullard had an eye-opening showing in 2011 spring practice, continuing his impressive play while starting all twelve games at weak-side linebacker…Made the College Football News Freshman All-American first-team and won USC's Bob Chandler Award…Tied for the team lead with 81 tackles (47 solos), including posting four sacks for minus 30 yards, 6.5 stops for losses of 36 yards, a QB pressure, two forced fumbles and a pair of pass deflections...Named Pac-12 Player of the Week after posting a game-best 14 tackles, with two sacks and a forced fumble at Oregon.


Pullard red-shirted as a freshman linebacker in 2010, his first year at USC…Sidelined the first half of the season with a knee sprain.


2010 Season: Missed the first half of the season performing on the scout team due to a knee sprain.


4.78 in the 40-yard dash…1.64 10-yard dash…2.76 20-yard dash…4.39 20-yard shuttle…7.07 three-cone drill…31-inch vertical jump…9’-02” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times…31 1/4-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands…74 1/4-inch wingspan.

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