East Carolina and Marshall have battled all year to get to this point. On Friday, the stakes will be at an all-time high in the series history with a berth to the Conference USA title game on the line. More
Breaking down the best and worst performances from ECU's 63-14 victory over UAB. More
A number of seniors had their moment in East Carolina's 63-14 victory over UAB in the Pirates' final home game of the regular season. More
Postgame comments from Ruffin McNeill, Shane Carden, Reese Wiggins, Breon Allen, Vintavious Cooper, Derrell Johnson and Kyle Tudor following ECU's 63-14 victory over UAB. More
ECU is expected to have two key defensive starters back this weekend in cornerback Josh Hawkins and linebacker Kyle Tudor. The duo spoke about returning to the field following Wednesday's practice. More
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2012: Stood fourth on the team with 62 tackles (21 solo) as a junior ... Played in all 13 contests, starting the first six of the year ... Booked a season-best 11 stops (four solo) in the season opener against Appalachian State ... Recorded five tackles, all on rushing plays, at South Carolina ... Tallied a pair of TFLs (-13 yards), a sack (-11 yards) and a forced fumble to begin Conference USA action at Southern Miss ... His forced fumble of USM quarterback Anthony Alford was returned by Montese Overton for a 16-yard TD in the third quarter to arguably seal victory ... Credited with a QBH to go along with six tackles (two solo) against UTEP ... Followed that effort by contributing seven stops (two solo) and a pass breakup vs. UCF, which marked his final start of the season ... Came off the bench to record eight stops (two solo) against Navy, his second-highest total of the campaign ... Closed out the season with multiple tackles against Houston (2), Tulane (3), Marshall (5) and UL-Lafayette (3) in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ... Forty-three of 62 stops were on rushing plays ... Also netted four tackles as a member of special teams unit (1/KOR, 3/PR) ... Averaged 6.0 stops in the first six contests (3.8 in last seven outings) ... Other pass breakup was delivered vs. Tulane ... Played key role for a unit that held four opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (USM/91, UAB/82, UH/28, TUL/9) ... Honored with selection as the team's "Linebacker-of-the-Year" during the program's annual awards banquet.
2011: A young defender who experienced first significant action on defense, playing in eight games and starting four ... Missed the first three contests of the year due to a left knee injury suffered during the final week of fall camp ... Experienced action in the next eight games before being sidelined in the finale after suffering a right ankle injury against UCF ... Earned first start of career at Houston and was also in the original lineup against Memphis, Southern Miss and UTEP ... Booked 58 tackles with 24 solo hits, tied for the fourth most on the squad ... Registered 1.5 stops for lost yardage (-11 yards) and one sack (-10 yards) ... Ended the year ranked sixth on the squad in tackles and fifth in rushing hits with 40 ... One of just six Pirates to post a double-digit tackle game, recording three during the campaign (13/Houston, 11/Tulane, 14/UTEP), tied with Daniel Drake for the second most on the squad ... Tallied two quarterback hurries (North Carolina, UTEP), a pass breakup (Tulane), one forced fumble (Tulane) ... Scooped up one loose ball, against Southern Miss ... Booked 51 tackles during Conference USA action, tied for the second most on the squad ... Averaged 8.5 stops per league tilt ... Collected just a pair of hits in seven non-league contests ... In road games, averaged 8.5 hits per matchup while netting 6.0 stops per home clash ... The squad's fourth-leading tackler during the final six contests with 35 ... Against UCF, aided in the Pirates' third-quarter goal line stand by stopping quarterback Jeff Godfrey after a one-yard gain on a first-and-goal play from the ECU two-yard line ... Registered a career-high 14 tackles, 11 on rushes, at UTEP ... Tallied nine stops in the first half, with six during the second quarter, against the Miners ... Recovered first career fumble in the fourth quarter versus Southern Miss, pouncing on a Jamal Woodyard loose ball ... Against Tulane, booked 11 tackles with nine in the second half and five in the fourth quarter, helping lock up the Pirates' 34-13 win ... Forced initial fumble of career versus the Green Wave, jarring the ball loose from Justyn Shackleford in the fourth frame ... Registered first career pass breakup in the fourth quarter against Tulane ... Sacked Memphis' Taylor Reed for a 10-yard loss in the fourth frame for first career quarterback drop and TFL ... Earned initial career start at Houston and made 13 tackles with seven in the first half and three during the Cougars' opening drive of the contest ... Made season debut against North Carolina and hauled down Dwight Jones following a 12-yard reception in the first quarter for initial career stop ... Also credited with first quarterback hurry in the opening frame, forcing a Bryn Renner incompletion. 2010: During first season on active roster, experienced action in four games and earned varsity letter ... Played as a reserve member of the linebacking corps, or on the special teams, versus Tulsa, N.C. State, Rice and Maryland ... Did not record any tackles.
2009: Redshirted during initial season with the program, but was considered a valuable member of the defensive scout team by previous coaching staff.
High School: A senior team captain and four-year letterman for coach Jody Grooms ... An all-county performer as a junior in 2007 after logging 109 tackles (32 solo) and three interceptions for the Panthers before suffering a knee injury during senior campaign ... Still registered 60 stops in 2008 after making move to linebacker ... An all-area choice by the Augusta Chronicle in 2007 ... Tallied a unit-best 97 stops and picked off four passes as a sophomore in 2006 ... Also lettered twice as a baseball outfielder and once as a basketball forward ... A December, 2008 graduate of LHS.
Personal: Full name is Kyle Haynes Tudor ... Born January 11, 1991 at Augusta, Ga. ... Son of John and Denice Tudor ... Earned a bachelor's degree in management ECU's 2012 Fall Commencement Exercises on Dec. 14, prior to the Pirates' departure to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl ... Has not officially declared major for a second degree ... A Dean's List performer in the classroom (2010 spring semester) ... Says Tennessee Titans' running back Chris Johnson is his favorite all-time Pirate player ... Lists working out and fishing as top hobbies and John Madden as top football commentator ... Cites Pirate fan base as best part about playing at ECU.
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