Steady as Southern California sunshine, Hayes Pullard patrols the area behind the defensive line with speed and purpose, leading the USC Trojans in tackles two of the past three years. With three seasons as a starting linebacker under his belt, Pullard enters the 2014 campaign with 282 tackles, including 20 for loss, to his credit and is set to once again be a key cog from his inside linebacker position.
A linebacker-running back at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, Pullard earned plenty of all-state and area honors as a senior in 2009. He would record 66 tackles and two sacks for the defense as a senior, while rushing for 507 yards and nine scores for the offense. He was a Parade All-American and Super Prep All-American, among his many honors.
After Pullard redshirted as a freshman in 2010 to rehab a knee injury, he laid claim to one of the linebacking jobs during the 2011 spring practice and never let go. He had 81 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, as a redshirt freshman starter in 2011. Pullard would go on to record 107 tackles in 2012 and another 94, including 5.5 for loss, in 2013 as he earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors.