USC LB Pullard staying for senior season

USC junior linebacker Hayes Pullard announced on his Twitter account that he will return to the Trojans for the 2014 season.

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.

The decision by Pullard to stay for his senior season is a boost to a USC defense that has lost starters George Uko and Dion Bailey as early entries to the NFL draft.