Senior captain Hayes Pullard was all over the football field on Saturday, and his efforts were rewarded as the Trojans' second-straight honoree on the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week Honors joining Leonard Williams.
Pullard finished the game with nine tackles and was key in slowing down the effectiveness of Sefo Liufau, who entered the game leading the 14th-ranked passing offense in the nation. While the biggest scare may have come during a first half defensive play, when he was blocked right on his knee whiel trying to slow down a bubble screen to the left, Pullard returned and was effective throughout the game.
For Hayes Pullard, the honor was much deserved and served as a byproduct of playing within Justin Wilcox's system that demands a great deal out of the middle linebacker position. Pullard has led USC in tackles in three of the last four seasons, so this is really nothing new. But his dependability on defense, even in spite of injury, fatigue and age, the Crenshaw, Calif. native looked solid roaming the defense from sideline-to-sideline.
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If you weren't impressed by those numbers alone, check out the inspirational words from the recent Lott IMPACT candidate who was enthused by his team's performance.
Be STRONG when You are Weak— Hayes Pullard lll ✌ (@FightOn10) October 18, 2014