USC junior linebacker Hayes Pullard announced on his Twitter account that he will return to the Trojans for the 2014 season.
To all the Trojan Family, Its been Decided. I will be back for #OneMoreYear. One Team, One Family, One HeartBeat.. Big things in 2014!
— Hayes Pullard lll ✌ (@FightOn10) January 13, 2014
Pullard, a three-year starter who was also a team captain in 2013, is expected to be one of the leaders of a USC defense that will be adjusting to the a new defensive coordinator in Justin Wilcox, who is expected to implement a primarily 4-3 scheme that will be different from the 5-2 that Pullard ran last year under Clancy Pendergast.
After starting for his first two seasons at USC as an outside linebacker under Monte Kiffin in a 4-3, Pullard moved to an inside linebacker spot in 2013 and was named second-team All-Pac-12 and led the Trojans in tackles with 94.
In his three seasons at USC, Pullard has 282 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and six sacks.