USC LB Hayes Pullard will return for final season

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.

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.

–Gary Klein