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Stephen Tulloch Ready To Lead the Tennessee Titans' Defense

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IISeptember 13, 2009

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 10:  Willie Parker #39 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs against Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Tennessee Titans during the game at Heinz Field on September 10, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Stephen Tulloch enters his fourth season in the NFL via the NC State Wolfpack.

Tulloch will be the main man in the linebacker corps this year.

Tulloch started out the 2009 season with 12 tackles tying his game high in his short career.

Tulloch was the third leading tackler last season for the Titans with 84. Look for at least 100 tackles has Tulloch will pick up the slack from the Haynesworth move.

Tulloch will still have some great linebackers with him this year, but it is his time to shine and take over the leadership role for this team.

Tulloch has had years of 47,45 and 84 in total tackles for the year in his three years.

Here is what the Tennessee Titan web site says about Tulloch.

PRO: Fourth-year linebacker Stephen Tulloch is an aggressive, downhill defender who possesses quick feet and fluid lateral movement. A core special teams performer in his first two NFL seasons, the undersized middle linebacker took a major step in his development in 2008, earning a career-high 12 starts. He ranked second on the team with 98 tackles.

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Tulloch has played in all 48 games to begin his career and has totaled 171 tackles, 1.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, four passes defensed, two fumble recoveries. His 36 special teams stops from 2006-08 ranked second on the team to Donnie Nickey (40).

He was selected with the team's second pick of the fourth round (116th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft after the Titans traded their initial second-round selection (39th) to Philadelphia for their second and fourth round picks (45th and 116th).

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