Cooper And Wiggins Score Three TDs On Senior Day
Defense Finishes Spring On Strong Note In Purple-Gold Scrimmage
ECU Opens Fourth and Final Week of Spring Drills
Sharp Passing Effort, Physical Play Dominate Second Scrimmage
Big-Play Offense, Turnover-Producing Defense Highlight First Scrimmage
A hard-nosed, aggressive and assignment-sound tackler who is a key member of East Carolina's inside linebacking corps ... Primed to take over full-time ownership of the "buck" position (opposite Jeremy Grove) after sharing the starting duties with departed senior Daniel Drake the last two seasons ... A 2013 Second-Team Preseason All-Conference USA choice by Phil Steele's College Football Preview Magazine ... Wrapped up spring drills firmly entrenched as the starter after a noteworthy performance under the eye of new coordinator Rick Smith ... Logged a pair of tackles in the first scrimmage on April 6 before recording three stops, including one for lost yardage, a week later in the second matchup ... Led all defenders with 10 hits during an impressive performance during the Purple-Gold Game on April 20 ... Anticipation tendencies, quickness, strength and work ethic are qualities all lauded by coaches ... Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2009, thus had the opportunity to participate in five spring practice periods ... Development in strength and conditioning program has matched efforts on field ... Established an all-time position (ILB) record for a power clean (352 pounds) ... Also turned in lifts of 390 (bench press), 600 (back squat) and 315 (push jerk) during spring testing ... Possesses a vertical leap of 32.0", a broad jump of 109", a 40 time of 4.62 and a flexibility rating of 14.5 - one of the top clips on the team ... Has booked multiple stops in 21 of 25 career contests and topped double digits four times.
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.