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Kyle Tudor wins bigger role with East Carolina

Posted: October 30, 2011 - 12:01am  |  Updated: October 30, 2011 - 12:02am

Former Lakeside High School standout Kyle Tudor missed the first three games of the season at East Carolina, where he is a sophomore linebacker, after redshirting in 2009.

Tudor has made up for the lost time during recent weeks. He recorded five tackles in his first game action of the season vs. North Carolina.

That performance earned Tudor a start in the teams Week 5 matchup with nationally-ranked Houston. Tudor rose to the occasion, tallying 13 tackles against Houston’s high-powered offense. Not bad for a kid who had never made an official college tackle until the previous week.

Tudor was a defensive force in his time at Lakeside. He tallied more than 200 tackles during his sophomore and junior seasons, earning All-County First Team honors both years. A knee injury hampered Tudor during his senior campaign, but he still managed to compile 60 tackles despite missing nearly half the season.

Even with an injury- plagued senior season, Tudor garnered a full scholarship offer from Division I East Carolina in Greenville, N.C. He signed with ECU in February 2009, and enrolled early to have the opportunity to go through spring drills.

After redshirting his first season at ECU, Tudor played mostly special teams as a freshman in 2010. However, due to his hard work in practice and in the weight room, he spent this spring battling for a starting job at inside linebacker in the team’s new 3-4 defensive scheme.

Tudor racked up 16 tackles and a sack in three spring scrimmages to put himself in line for plenty of playing time this fall. However, an injury forced him to miss the first three games of the season. Since he has come back, Tudor has been solid. He is averaging 6.25 tackles per game since his return and seems to fit heavily into ECU’s defensive plans for the next two seasons.

Currently, ECU is 3-4 on the season, but its losses have come to No. 13 South Carolina, No. 12 Virginia Tech, No. 17 Houston and North Carolina. That tough schedule could have Tudor and company prepared to make a run in Conference USA, where they currently are 2-1 with five games to go.

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