Biography: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors the past two years. Named to several Freshman All-American teams in 2009. Junior rushing totals included 273 attempts/1481 yards/27 TDs with just 3 catches. Sophomore ground totals included 154/728/10. Burst onto the scene as a true freshman with 1361 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.
Positives: Solid college running back with outstanding ability. Displays terrific running vision, instincts and quickly finds the running lanes. Patiently waits for blocks to develop whenever the ball is in his hands. Makes exceptional use of blocks, uses an effective straight arm and very tough to tackle. Keeps his feet moving on contact, runs with good lean and rarely tackled by the first defender. Falls forward for extra yardage when brought to the ground. Aggressively drives his shoulders into opponents and breaks tackles. Weaves through traffic on the inside to find openings in the defense. Will pick and choose his spots and does not go down without a fight. Shows the ability to bounce around piles or defenders. Solid receiver out of the backfield despite his minimal production.
Negatives: Does not play with 40 time or beat defenders into the open field. Really cannot turn the corner and a is one-speed back with minimal burst.
Analysis: Pierce has been very productive on the college level and possesses enough football skills to make an impact in the NFL. His lack of playing speed is a concern, but in the proper system he will excel as a rotational back for an NFL squad.
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