USC football: Hayes Pullard will return for final season

USC linebacker Hayes Pullard celebrates an interception by the Trojans during a win over Oregon State in November. Pullard announced Monday he will be returning to USC next season.
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USC linebacker Hayes Pullard will return for his final season of eligibility.

Pullard, who will be a fifth-year senior, announced his decision Monday via his Twitter feed.

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, who played at Crenshaw High, had a team-best 94 tackles for the Trojans, who finished 10-4.


Pullard had 5 1/2 tackles for loss.

Pullard’s return could stabilize a defense that lost safety Dion Bailey and defensive lineman George Uko, both of whom have announced that they would forgo their final season of eligibility and make themselves available for the NFL draft.

Receiver Marqise Lee, offensive lineman Marcus Martin and tight end Xavier Grimble also have announced they would declare for the draft.