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2015 NFL DRAFT

Bernard Pierce, RB

School: Temple  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Concorde Mills , PA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 218 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 3/84 --Bernard Pierce, RB, 6-0, 218, Temple...Pierce is a zone runner, extremely physical and durable. He rushed for 3,570 career yards and 53 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - As outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele and running back Bernard Pierce were introduced at team headquarters Saturday, the defending AFC North champions stuck to their strategy of reinforcing the depth of the roster. While Upshaw and Osemele will immediately vie for starting jobs at strong-side linebacker and left guard and Pierce is regarded as the front-runner to back up Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, the Ravens utilized the final day of the NFL draft to keep filling holes. "If you look back over the three days and what we've been able to do with our football team, you all knew the areas that we wanted to address," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "They all come with different skills. I think we've been able to do it with the young men that we've drafted thus far. It's been a successful three days from that standpoint, but we really won't know until we get them on the field." Ravens coach John Harbaugh already sounded convinced that the Ravens had injected the right kind of football temperament into his locker room. "We think they're a great fit for our team, they fit our personality," Harbaugh said. "They're tough, physical, hard-nosed, rough, tough kind of guys." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - RB Bernard Pierce, Temple -- Pierce can be effective as a straight-ahead change-of-pace to Ravens RB Ray Rice but he's not special athletically and won't run away from NFL defenders.

03/17/2012 - The 17 Temple graduating student-athletes, as well as junior RB Bernard Pierce, were evaluated on Friday during Temple football's annual Pro Timing Day. Scouts from 31 National Football League teams timed and evaluated the Owls for the upcoming NFL Draft. Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Andy Reid and General Manager Howie Roseman also made an appearance. The day's activities were covered by 25 credentialed media members. Temple is in the midst of spring drills. Temple (9-4, 5-3 MAC in 2011) returns 35 letterwinners, including nine starters, for the 2012 season. The Owls, under second-year head coach Steve Addazio, open the 2011 season with Villanova in the fourth annual Mayor's Cup on Friday, August 31 at Lincoln Financial Field. - Temple football

03/17/2012 - The Temple football team held its annual pro timing day Friday, entertaining NFL scouts and media. The senior Owls, along with junior running back Bernard Pierce, went through strength and speed testing and positional drills in hopes of impressing the onlooking NFL personnel, which included scouts from 31 teams as well as Eagles coach Andy Reid and general manager Howie Roseman. Pro days are under way on campuses around the country. With the NFL combine wrapping up in late February, these workouts give pro prospects one more chance to show off their abilities before the draft. Pierce was joined at the combine in Indianapolis by teammates Evan Rodriguez (tight end) and Tahir Whitehead (linebacker). Pierce, who is expected to be drafted in the middle rounds, is a one-cut-and-go type of runner who isn't seen as possessing top-end speed. He put up a respectable 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds in February, but that was one of several things he wanted to improve on. Despite Friday morning's damp conditions, Pierce unofficially cracked 4.4. "Speed, and it's also another chance to show everybody I can catch the ball," Pierce said. "A lot of people before the combine were talking about how I was a low 4.6, high 4.5 guy. Hopefully, I shaped some of the coaches' views." Pierce added that his nerves have flared a bit with April's draft approaching. He is trying to avoid listening to any of the talk about when his name will be called. "I wouldn't say I'm excited. It's more of an anxious feeling," he said. "It's a dream come true. I've always wanted to play in the NFL. Now it's just a waiting game, so anxiety takes over every day." - Alex Lee, The Philadelphia Inquirer

03/06/2012 - SCOUTS IDENTIFY 5 UNDERRATED COMBINE PERFORMERS: RB Bernard Pierce, Temple: Pierce is one of the more interesting backs in the 2012 draft class because he's more of a finesse, zone-read back than the power option that his 6-0, 220 pound frame and school record 53 rushing touchdowns would indicate. The junior helped prove his unique athleticism with an underrated all-around performance at the Combine in which he measured in faster (4.49), quicker (7.07 seconds in the three-cone) and more explosive (123" broad jump) than some of the more highly regarded backs of this class. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/06/2012 - Temple's Bernard Pierce joined a lengthy list of junior running backs making the jump to the 2012 NFL Draft. A three-time First-Team All-MAC selection, Pierce rushed for 1,481 yards and a school-record 27 touchdowns in 2011. He is the No. 7 running back and No. 90 prospect overall, according to ratings by NFLDraftScout.com. He joins Miami's Lamar Miller, Washington's Chris Polk and San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman in announcing they will forgo their remaining eligibility - Miller and Hillman are redshirt sophomore. Still yet to make their announcements are Alabama's Trent Richardson, Virginia Tech's David Wilson and Oregon's LaMichael James. Pierce closed out his career with 157 yards and three touchdowns against Army in the New Mexico Bwol, showing what he can do when healthy. But Pierce has been slowed by injuries in all three of his seasons, including hamstring tightness and a concussion in 2011. Pierce was "Bernie" in the backfield dubbed the "Bernie and the Bug" show along with 170-pound junior Matt Brown. "It has been a hard decision to make, and took a lot of soul-searching, but I believe that it is the right decision for me and my career," Pierce said in a statement. "I would like to take this time to thank Coach Steve Addazio, Coach Tyree Foreman, and all the staff here at Temple, for helping to shape and mold my football talent. I would like to thank Temple University for all the educational and athletic opportunities it has provided me." Pierce leaves as the school's career leader with 53 rushing touchdowns and 54 overall. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/06/2012 - Junior All-American RB Bernard Pierce (Ardmore, Pa.) announced today that he will forego his senior season at Temple University to enter the 2012 National Football League Draft. "At this time, I would like to announce that I am officially giving up my senior year of eligibility and declaring myself available for the 2012 NFL Draft," Pierce said. "Since I was a little kid, I dreamed of one day playing for an NFL team. Today, I take one step closer to fulfilling that dream. It has been a hard decision to make, and took a lot of soul-searching, but I believe that it is the right decision for me and my career. I would like to take this time to thank Coach Steve Addazio, Coach Tyree Foreman, and all the staff here at Temple, for helping to shape and mold my football talent. I would like to thank Temple University for all the educational and athletic opportunities it has provided me. I would like to thank my teammates and all the Owl fans out there, and my family and friends for supporting me. Most importantly, I would like to thank my mother, for believing in me and helping me try to fulfill my dream. Thanks, Mom! I would also like to thank my late grandmother Ora, who was the rock of our family. I hope to make all of Temple Nation proud of me in the NFL. Thank you." - Temple football

01/05/2012 - Temple running back Bernard Pierce will not return for his senior season and will declare for the NFL draft. Pierce told The Associated Press his decision late Thursday night. Helping to turn the Owls from one of the one worst programs in college football into a consistent bowl team, Pierce rushed for 3,570 yards over his three-year career with a school-record 52 touchdowns. He rushed for 100 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns in Temple's 37-15 New Mexico Bowl victory over Wyoming in December. Pierce says he's leaving because he's accomplished all he wanted at Temple. He says he will train in Atlanta and intends to return to Temple to complete his degree. - AP Sports

12/21/2011 - One player who Addazio does not yet know if he's losing is star running back Bernard Pierce, who is currently deciding whether to forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. Pierce rushed for 1,481 yards and a school-record 27 touchdowns this season. While helping with the decision and presenting Pierce with all of the facts, Addazio said he won't impose his will and will support whatever his running back decides to do. But the Temple coach did say that if Pierce isn't guaranteed to be a first-round pick - where life-altering money is at stake - the smart thing to do is returning to school. "The NFL is a rough business," Addazio said. "Stay in college. Enjoy yourself. Get your degree." If Pierce does return, he'll certainly be one of the most heralded players in the country but still someone that will look to improve on certain things - like pass protection and catching the ball out of the backfield. - Dave Zeitlin, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia

12/17/2011 - Scouting the Temple running game: Temple's ground game is ranked seventh in the nation (256.7 yards per game on the ground) and is referred to as the "Bernie and the Bug" show. "Bernie" is junior Bernard Pierce, the Owls' gifted, but brittle star tailback. Pierce (1,381 rushing yards, 25 rushing TDs in 2011) has completely rewritten the school's record book during his three seasons, but he has missed a great deal of time during his career with a bevy of injuries. "The Bug" is 5-foot-5, 170-pound junior Matt Brown (867 rushing yards, five TDs in 2011), who has carried the load with Pierce often on the trainer's table rather than on the field. Brown is the size of a middle-school kid, but he plays with so much heart and might have an NFL future too as an all-purpose whiz (he excels as a kickoff return specialist). If healthy for the bowl game, as expected, redshirt sophomore quarterback Chris Coyer is a running threat too. Coyer has averaged 8.6 yards per carry in rushing for 491 yards and three scores this season. Pierce, Brown and Coyer all ought to be able to make hay against a Wyoming defense that allows 230.1 rushing yards per game, which is 115th out of 120 teams in the nation. - The Sports Xchange

12/17/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Temple, led by Pierce, is seventh in the nation in rushing offense (256.7 ypg). Pierce, the nation's sixth-leading rusher (125.55 yards per game rushing in 2011), is the best running back to don a Temple uniform since Paul Palmer. And this bowl game is a business trip for the 6- foot, 218-pound junior who has filed paperwork for NFL early entry. If he has a big game, he's a goner. Heck, he might be gone either way. Pierce has rushed for 1,381 yards this season and scored 25 touchdowns, despite missing a game with a head injury and playing in two others with a tender hamstring. He has the size, speed and strength to play on Sundays, but NFL scouts have questions about his brittleness. But Temple graduates four-fifths of its starting o-line this spring, so Pierce figures to take more hits in 2012, so why not get paid to play next fall? With a chance to wow NFL scouts in the New Mexico Bowl, Pierce is the player to watch for the Cherry and White in this bowl game. When he's been healthy and in the lineup the past three years, Temple has proven that it play with anyone. When he's dinged up and on the sidelines, Temple's offense really sputters. - The Sports Xchange

12/17/2011 - Wyoming coach Dave Christensen knew Temple's game plan in the New Mexico Bowl would be to play smash-mouth football. It was just something the Wyoming couldn't do much about as the Owls came away with a 37-15 victory Saturday. "It was disappointing," Christensen said. "We knew they were going to run the football, which they did. We missed some tackles. . They just played physically played better than us. My hat's off to them. They're a good running football team. They're a good football team. They were the better team today." Temple (9-4) ran up 424 yards of total offense, with 255 of that coming on the ground. Bernard Pierce had 100 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries, while quarterback Chris Coyer had 240 total yards and one touchdown pass. That physicality extended to the other side of the ball as well, with Temple limiting the Cowboys (8-5) to 267 total yards as freshman quarterback Brett Smith scuffled to find open receivers or open running lanes. "He had some struggles today, without a doubt," Christensen said about Smith. "Certainly not from a lack of wanting to get it done. Obviously, when he has struggles generally other people are struggling with protection or getting open in a route." - AP Sports

12/17/2011 - Junior RB Bernard Pierce (1,381 yards, 25 rushing TDs in 2011) was completely healthy for the first time in a month and it showed against Army on Nov. 25 as he rushed for 157 yards and three scores. Pierce has filed the necessary paperwork to test the NFL early entry waters, so this could be the superstar's last game as a collegiate. NFL scouts have no doubts about his skills, but there are red flags about his durability as he's been hurt in each of his first three seasons on North Broad Street. This year, Pierce battled hamstring tightness and then suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the fourth quarter of Temple's 35-31 loss to Ohio U on Nov. 2 and missed the Miami (Ohio) game on Nov. 9. - The Sports Xchange

12/16/2011 - Bernard Pierce can't say whether Saturday's New Mexico Bowl against Wyoming will be his final college game before he makes a bid for the NFL. Either way, Temple's junior running back is determined to make the game a special one. "It's not about me," said Pierce, who totaled 1,381 yards and a school-record 25 touchdowns this season. "It's about the team. I don't have to impress anybody. A win is a win no matter how many points or how you win. It's just a win." Pierce is part of a backfield tandem with Matt Brown that finished seventh in the country in rushing for Temple (8-4). That's what Wyoming (8-4) is determined to stop, said Cowboys coach Dave Christensen. "They want to establish the run first," he said. "I understand that. They have two backs who are very good, then they want to work in the play action." Although Pierce and Brown gain their yards differently, the Owls approach the offense the same way no matter who's carrying the ball. "It doesn't matter to us," said first-year Temple coach Steve Addazio. "We run the same plays. They're different styles of back. You run power with both backs, but it's a different deal. One is a low, slicing runner. The other is little bit bigger, more powerful, but they're both good." - AP Sports

12/06/2011 - 2011 ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Running Back - Bernard Pierce, Temple, has been selected All-MAC First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted by the MAC News Media Association. Pierce has had a record-breaking season. In 11 games, he leads the Owls (and the MAC) with 1,381 yards and 25 touchdowns on 248 carries. He is the Owls' and MAC's top scorer with 150 points. Pierce is No. 2 nationally with 13.64 points per game, No. 2 in rushing TDs (25), and No. 7 in rushing (125.55). On Temple's career charts, he ranks No. 1 in rushing TDs (51), No. 1 in total touchdowns (52), No. 2 in rushing yards (3,470), and No. 2 in 100-yard games (17). As a true freshman in 2009, Pierce was a first-team All-MAC selection as well as the MAC Freshman of the Year. - Temple football

11/25/2011 - Bernard Pierce ran wild in the second half Saturday and finished with 189 yards and three touchdowns in Temple's 34-16 victory over Kent State in Mid-American Conference play. The Owls (8-4, 5-3) have won eight games or more for three straight seasons for the first time in school history. This marks the most victories by a first-year Temple coach, Steve Addazio. With its third straight victory, Temple is bowl-eligible for the third straight season. Last year, Temple was the only program in the country with a winning record that was snubbed by the bowls. The Owls led Kent State (5-7, 4-4) 10-6 at halftime despite losing quarterback Chris Coyer to an injury on the third play. In the second half, Pierce exploded for 167 yards and all three touchdowns, scoring on runs of 18, 25 and 69 yards. Pierce averaged 9.8 yards on each of his 17 second-half carries. - AP Sports

11/09/2011 - Junior RB Bernard Pierce (1,035 yards, 19 rushing TDs in 2011) sustained a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the fourth quarter of Temple's 35-31 loss to Ohio U on Nov. 2. Pierce was woozy and needed help to get off the field. He was taken by ambulance to Athens, Ohio hospital that night, where he was kept for observations for several hours. Pierce missed Temple's flight home from Ohio U while in the hospital and didn't return to Philadelphia until the next day along with Temple team doctor Ray Moyer (who stayed behind in Ohio with Temple's star player). Pierce is listed as day-to-day, but he could very well miss Temple's Nov. 9 nationally televised game against Miami (Ohio). Pierce, of course, is Temple's career record-holder in scoring (276 points), rushing touchdowns (45) and overall touchdowns (46). - The Sports Xchange

11/02/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Temple's offense has been completely one dimensional this season as Steve Addazio's squad features one of the most potent ground games in the country, but its passing game is weak. In future pro Bernard Pierce (951 yards, 18 rushing TDs) and mighty mite Matt Brown (562 yards, 2 TDs) has the best 1-2 running punch in the MAC. Pierce, who was slowed by hamstring tightness in Temple's 13-10 loss to Bowling Green on Oct. 22, is a truly special back when he's 100% healthy, but he's been brittle during his first three seasons on North Broad Street. Temple's two backs have the luxury of running behind an experienced and beefy O-line, a unit that averages 6-foot-5 and 318 pounds from tackle to tackle. The Owls' Achilles heel, though, is its passing attack. - The Sports Xchange

11/02/2011 - Junior RB Bernard Pierce, the nation's No. 2 scorer (13.5 ppg), rushed for 107 yards and one score on 17 carries against Bowling Green on Oct. 22, but lacked his normal explosion and sat out large stretches of the game due to hamstring tightness. Pierce hasn't practiced since Oct. 14 to save some wear and tear on his body. Pierce has had a record-setting career, a career that would be even greater if not for his propensity of sustaining nagging injuries. NFL scouts were at the Bowling Green game and had to be impressed by Pierce's vision and toughness, but his brittleness remains a big question mark. - The Sports Xchange

11/02/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RBs Bernard Pierce and Matt Brown Pierce, an absolute beast between the tackles, is one of the finest tailbacks in the entire country, but he's been slowed by a hamstring injury, so expect to see more of the scatback Brown than usual against Ohio U. Even though Frank Solich will load the box with the defenders to slow down Pierce and Brown, the run-first Owls still need their dynamic run duo to produce in this MAC East showdown. An interesting pre-game note: No runner has gained 100 yards in a game this season against the Bobcats. But the Ohio U defensive line is dinged up as Bobcats defensive tackle Carl Jones (shoulder) is questionable after missing the last two weeks and nose guard Neal Huynh (knee) is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game. - The Sports Xchange

11/02/2011 - Temple's ground-and-pound offense has become as predictable as an Adam Sandler movie, so the Owls will need to be more balanced this week at Ohio U. Through eight games, Temple ranked ninth in the nation in rushing offense (252.12 yards per game) and 113th in the nation (out of 120 Division I-A teams) in passing offense (133.25 yards per game). Opposing teams are loading the box with defenders in order to slow down Temple's potent ground attack, so the Owls will need to pass the ball more efficiently whether that means replacing struggling fifth-year senior Chester Stewart or not. Superstar tailback Bernard Pierce, who is second in the nation in scoring (13.5 ppg) and 10th in rushing (118.9 yards per game), isn't 100 percent healthy. Pierce lacked his normal explosion in Temple's 13-10 loss at Bowling Green on Oct. 22 and also sat out large stretches of that game due to hamstring tightness. It's hoped that Pierce was able to heal somewhat during Temple's mini-bye this week and will be his old self for the 2011 season's stretch run, but hamstring injuries often linger. The good news is that Pierce will be facing a banged-up Ohio U defensive line as Bobcats defensive tackle Carl Jones (shoulder) is questionable after missing the last two weeks and nose guard Neal Huynh (knee) is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game. - The Sports Xchange

10/17/2011 - WEEK 7 MAC EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Temple RB Bernard Pierce: Junior running back Bernard Pierce (Ardmore, Pa.) broke five school records in Temple's 34-0 win over Buffalo with a performance of 23 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Pierce eclipsed the 100-yard mark in rushing for the 14th time in his career and fifth time this season. For the second consecutive week, Pierce and fellow junior RB Matt Brown each rushed for 100 yards. It marked the 11th time in school history that two backs rushed for 100 yards in a game, and they are the only tandem to do it three times. Pierce became Temple's all-time career leader in touchdowns (rushing + receiving) and broke his own single-season mark for touchdowns and points scored. He now has 44 touchdowns (43 rush + 1 rec) in his career. - MAC football

10/15/2011 - Bernard Pierce ran for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, and set new Temple offensive records along the way, as the Owls blasted Buffalo, 34-0, on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. Pierce crossed the 100-yard barrier for the fifth time this season, and set school season marks for rushing touchdowns (17), overall touchdowns (17) and points (102). He also surpassed the career mark for total touchdowns (44). Even his backup joined the party. Matt Brown ran for 120 yards and a score on 12 carries as the Owls (5-2, 3-1 MAC) compiled 400 yards on the ground, and owned 39:08 time of possession, never really giving the Bulls (2-5, 1-2) an opportunity to fight back. Temple, which has played one more conference game than the rest of the league, remains in first place in the MAC East Division, and evened its home record at 2-2. Buffalo has lost four of the last five games. - AP Sports

10/08/2011 - Bernard Pierce ran for three scores to become Temple's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, helping the Owls spoil Ball State's homecoming game with a dominating 42-0 win Saturday. Pierce totaled 121 yards rushing on 30 carries. His second touchdown, a 4-yarder with 8:05 left in the first half, was the 40th of his career. Paul Palmer had 39 touchdowns for the Owls from 1983-86. Matt Brown added 15 carries for 114 yards and a score, and Chris Coyer had a 74-yard touchdown run on his only carry for Temple (4-2, 2-1 Mid-American Conference), which was playing its first-ever game in Muncie. Chester Stewart threw for 160 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown to Joe Jones for the Owls' first score. Ball State (3-3, 1-1) could manage nothing offensively. Keith Wenning threw for 155 yards but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble. Jahwan Edwards led the Cardinals with 66 yards rushing. - AP Sports

09/30/2011 - Junior RB Bernard Pierce set a Temple single-game record and tied a Mid-American Conference record with five rushing touchdowns against Maryland in the Owls' impressive 38-7 road win over the Terps on Sept 24. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't pay attention to that stuff. I'm not that guy that's all in the magazines, looking at stuff. I didn't realize I broke a record." - Temple RB Bernard Pierce following his school single-game record five rushing TDs against Maryland on Sept. 24. Pierce now leads the nation with 12 rushing touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Toledo (1-3) at Temple (3-1), Oct. 1 - Don't let Toledo's record fool you. The Rockets' three losses have all come to quality opponents in Ohio State, Boise State and Syracuse - which was aided by a blown extra-point call in the final minutes of regulation in an overtime win. The Owls' defense has been superb this season, but will face its stiffest test against the Rockets, a team which features a tough wideout in junior WR Eric Page (38 receptions, 432 yards and three touchdowns) and a two-headed monster under center in junior QB Austin Dantin (54-of-87 for 624 yards and six TD passes) and sophomore QB Terrance Owens (40 of 70 for 502 yards and three TDs). KEYS TO THE GAME: Fifth-year senior Chester Stewart must make enough quality throws to keep the Toledo defense honest. Otherwise, the Rockets will flood the box with defenders in attempt to slow down Temple's touchdown machine, junior RB Bernard Pierce (12 rushing TDs in 2011). Stewart doesn't need to be the second coming of Tom Brady, he just needs to complete throws to WR Deon Miller and stud TE Evan Rodriguez to keep the Rockets' spread offense on the sidelines. Temple's stingy defense must control the Rockets' nice cadre of weapons, including junior WR Eric Page (219 career receptions) and RB David Fluellen, who is Toledo's new starting tailback, replacing senior Adonis Thomas, who broke his arm in the first series of last week's loss to Syracuse. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - Junior RB Bernard Pierce's five rushing TDs vs. Maryland give him 38 for his career, just one shy of tying Paul Palmer's school record for rushing TDs (39). He has 12 rushing TDs in four games this season. Pierce's 2,585 rushing yards rank fourth on Temple's career list. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Bernard Pierce - Temple has a truly special tailback in the 6-foot, 218-pound Pierce, who leads the nation in scoring (18 ppg) and rushing TDs (12) this season. He's a future pro who will need to be on his game against a veteran, but injury-wracked Toledo team (five defensive starters are questionable and starting TB Adonis Thomas is out with a broken arm). If Pierce is on, then it will allow Temple to play keep-away from Toledo's dangerous spread offense. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - Coming into the Oct. 1 home game vs. Toledo, junior RB Bernard Pierce leads the nation in scoring (18 ppg) and rushing TDs (12) and is 10th nationally in rushing (124 yards per game). Pierce won the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week honors after he set a Temple single-game record and tied a Mid-American Conference record with five rushing touchdowns in last Saturday's 38-7 victory over Maryland. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - With Pierce on the top of his game, there was little pressure on Temple fifth-year senior quarterback Chester Stewart, who was making his first start of the season and finished 9 for 9 for 140 yards. Heck, with Pierce running this well, Martha Stewart could have been under center for the Owls. "It's always good to have him," said Stewart. "He takes a lot of pressure off me. First off, you hand him the ball and then sit there and watch him go off." After forgetting that Pierce is their best offensive weapon in last week's loss to Penn State, a game in which Addazio only handed him the ball four times in the second half despite the fact that the Owls were leading, there's no danger of that happening again. The Owls, who have a tough MAC home opener on Oct. 1 vs. Toledo, will attempt to ride the formula of swift and powerful legs of Pierce plus its stingy, tough-as-nails defense to a 2011 MAC title. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2011 - Temple (3-1 in 2011) made history - lots of it - in its 38-7 victory at Maryland on Sept. 24. The shellacking of the Terps was the Owls' first football win ever over an ACC team. It was also the Owls' first road win over a BCS team since winning at Rutgers, 20-17 in 2002. "This is a great program win, and again, I am very proud of our kids because of the way they responded (after the Penn State loss)," said Temple coach Steve Addazio. "Obviously, we have a lot more football to play this season, but we could not be more proud of the way we played. The style which we played today was Temple tough and Philadelphia proud." No one was tougher against the Terps than Temple's sensational junior tailback Bernard Pierce, who helped the Owls put their heartbreaking 14-10 loss to Penn State in the rearview mirror with a record-setting performance against Maryland. The 6-foot, 218-pound future pro ran the ball 32 times for 149 yards and a school single-game record five TDs, including scoring runs of 1, 9, 4, and 44 yards on the Owls' first four possessions of the game. His fifth score was a 13-yarder that gave Temple a 38-0 cushion with 10 minutes remaining. "Bernard Pierce is one of the best running backs in the country," said Maryland coach Randy Edsall afterward. - The Sports Xchange

09/26/2011 - WEEK 4 MAC EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Temple RB Bernard Pierce: Junior running back Bernard Pierce (Ardmore, Pa.) rushed for a school record and MAC record-tying five touchdowns in a 38-7 win at Maryland. Pierce eclipsed the 100-yard mark in rushing for the 12th time in his career and third time this season. He finished the game with 149 yards on 32 carries for five touchdowns. It was the first time in his career that he scored three touchdowns in the first quarter alone. The five rushing scores also tie the MAC record, held by 10 players. After four games, Pierce leads the Owls (and the MAC) with 496 yards and a national-best 12 touchdowns on 87 carries. He is the Owls' and MAC's top scorer with 72 points. - MAC football

09/24/2011 - Bernard Pierce set a school record with five rushing touchdowns, and Temple built a 31-point halftime lead in a stunning 38-7 rout of Maryland on Saturday. One week after coming agonizingly close to snapping a 28-game skid against Penn State, Temple (3-1) defeated Maryland (1-2) for the first time. The Terrapins fell to 6-1 against the Owls, who had dropped the last two games in the series by a combined 54 points. Temple led 21-0 with just over 11 minutes elapsed, boosted the margin to 31-0 at halftime and played conservatively to the finish. It was 38-0 before the Terrapins got their only score, on a touchdown pass by backup quarterback C.J. Brown with 4:31 remaining. Pierce ran 32 times for 149 yards, including 108 in the decisive first half. He had touchdown runs of 1,9,4, 44 and 13 yards, giving him 12 TDs for the season. - AP Sports

09/21/2011 - Junior RB Bernard Pierce's rushing TD vs. Penn State gave him 33 for his career, just seven shy of breaking Paul Palmer's school record for rushing TDs (39). QUOTE TO NOTE: "We were up the whole time, going into the fourth quarter, and we just messed it up. We just let the lead up. That's all on us." - Temple RB Bernard Pierce on leading Penn State for nearly the entire game before losing, 14-10 on Sept. 17. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - Junior RB Bernard Pierce enters this week's game vs. Maryland as the No. 17 rusher in the nation (115.67 yards per game) and in a seventh-place tie with Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle, Oregon's LaMichael James and South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore in scoring (14 points per game).

09/21/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Bernard Pierce - Temple has a truly special tailback in the 6-foot, 218-pound Pierce, who is 17th in the nation in rushing (115.7 yards per game) and tied for seventh in scoring (14 ppg). If Pierce can rush for over 100-plus yards and find the end zone two or three times against Maryland this Saturday, then the Owls' odds of notching a marquee non-conference win increase a great deal as it will allow Temple to play keep-away from Maryland's potent offense. Of course, Pierce is a known commodity, so Maryland coach Randy Edsall will play eight guys in the box and force the Owls quarterbacks (Mike Gerardi and Chester Stewart) to beat them. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Temple at Maryland, Sept. 24 - Temple, a team that would give its left arm for an ACC invite, travels to ACC country this week to take on Maryland. The Owls defense has been superb this season, but will face its stiffest test of the season against the Terps, a team with one of the best sophomore quarterbacks in the land, Danny O'Brien, and an elusive tailback in Davin Meggett. But if Bernard Pierce, a future NFL tailback, can effectively run the football and QB Chester Stewart (this week's starter) or Mike Gerardi can efficiently manage the game, then Temple can win this one. KEYS TO THE GAME: New Maryland coach Randy Edsall lost to Temple last September, so he knows the level of talent possessed by Bernard Pierce (347 rushing yards, seven scores in Temple's first three games). He'll flood the box with defenders and force QB Chester Stewart, who was named this week's starter by Owls coach Steve Addazio on Tuesday, to beat him. Whether it's Stewart or Mike Gerardi, the Owls' inconsistent QBs must complete enough throws to wideouts Deon Miller and Rod Streater and stud TE Evan Rodriguez to keep the Terps' talented defense honest and keep the sticks moving. On the other side of the ball, Temple's defense must control sophomore QB Danny O'Brien and his favorite target Kevin Dorsey, as well as the running of Davin Meggett. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - Temple (2-0) will get a chance to end seven decades-worth of futility against Penn State when the teams meet this Saturday at noon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Nittany Lions (1-1) head into the contest with 28 consecutive victories over the Owls, whose last win in the series came in 1941. Junior RB Bernard Pierce enters this week's game vs. Penn State as the nation's sixth-leading rusher (148.5 yards per game) trailing only Pitt's Ray Graham (161 yards per game), San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman (153), Mississippi State's Vick Ballard (150.5), Nebraska's Taylor Martinez (150.5) and Virginia Tech's David Wilson (150). With six rushing TDs in two games, Pierce is tied for second in the nation in scoring (18 ppg), trailing only Oklahoma TB Dominique Whaley (24 ppg). - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - Junior RB Bernard Pierce's six rushing TDs this season give him 32 for his career, just eight shy of breaking Paul Palmer's school record for rushing TDs (39). - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - KEEP AN EYE ON: RB Bernard Pierce - Temple has a truly special tailback in the 6-foot, 218-pound Pierce. The Owls' game-changing tailback has rushed for a combined 297 yards and six TDs in Temple's season-opening wins over Villanova (Sept. 1) and Akron (Sept. 10). Sure, both teams are in serious rebuilding modes. But Pierce had all of his 150 yards and three scores in the first half against Akron before enjoying the second half on the sidelines. If Pierce can rush for over 100-plus yards against Penn State this Saturday, then the Owls' odds of upending the Nittany Lions for the first time in 70 years go way up. QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's a good start, but I could always do better. There's always room for improvement. I can always get better." -- Temple RB Bernard Pierce on his 297 combined yards rushing and six rushing TDs against Villanova and Akron. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - Temple, the Huskies are much better known for their college basketball exploits rather than their gridiron glory. But, a win over Penn State on national TV (it'll be on ESPN at high noon next Saturday) - something the Owls haven't done since 1941 - would send shockwaves across the country. It could happen, because this Temple team is for real. The Owls are strong enough in the trenches to battle with Joe Pa's bunch. The Owls have a prime-time tailback in Bernard Pierce and a bevy of NFL prospects on both sides of the ball, including Pierce, defensive lineman Adrian Robinson, tight end Evan Rodriguez, linebacker Tahir Whitehead, and offensive linemen John Palumbo, Derek Dennis and Wayne Tribue. This game vs. Penn State, which was beaten at home, 27-11 by No. 3 Alabama on Sept. 10 and is still trying to find a No. 1 QB between Rob Bolden and should be a contest into a fourth quarter. The Owls led the Nittany Lions in the second half of last year's game, 13-9, but fell apart after Pierce was injured and lost, 22-13. But if Pierce can stay on the field and can do his thing, then Temple could pull off an upset, a win that might result in their first national ranking in eons. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Bernard Pierce - Temple has a truly special tailback in the 6-foot, 218-pound Pierce, who is sixth in the nation in rushing (148.5 yards per game) and tied for second in scoring (18 ppg). The Owls' game-changing tailback has rushed for a combined 297 yards and six TDs in Temple's season-opening wins over Villanova (Sept. 1) and Akron (Sept. 10). Sure, both teams are in serious rebuilding modes. But Pierce had all of his 150 yards and three scores in the first half against Akron before enjoying the second half on the sidelines. If Pierce can rush for over 100-plus yards and find the end zone a time or two against Penn State this Saturday, then the Owls' odds of upending the Nittany Lions for the first time in 70 years go way up. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2011 - Bernard Pierce rushed for 150 yards and scored three touchdowns in the second quarter as Temple routed Akron 41-3 on Saturday night. The game was halted because of lightning with 6:04 left in the first quarter, resuming after a delay of 1 hour and 19 minutes. The Owls (2-0, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) opened consecutive seasons at 2-0 for the first time since the late 1960s and won their fifth straight over the Zips (0-2, 0-1). With Temple leading 7-3, Akron quarterback Clayton Moore was sacked and fumbled. Kamal Johnson recovered for the Owls at the Zips 4, and Pierce scored on a 3-yard run with 13:59 left in the first half. He scored twice more in the next 8:17, on runs of 2 and 37 yards to give Temple a 28-3 halftime lead. Pierce tied his career mark for touchdowns in a game for the second straight week. - AP Sports

09/10/2011 - Junior RB Bernard Pierce was named the MAC East Division's Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5. Pierce was honored because he had 20 carries for 147 yards and three touchdowns, covering 19, 22, and 20 yards in Temple's season-opening win over Villanova. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - Junior RB Bernard Pierce is No. 2 on Temple's all-time list in career TDs with 29 and No. 5 in rushing with 2,236 career yards. Paul Palmer, of course, sits atop the school's rushing list (4,895 yards) and TD list (39). - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2011 - MAC EAST DIVISION WEEK 1 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Temple RB Bernard Pierce: Junior running back Bernard Pierce (Ardmore, Pa.) recorded the 10th 100-yard performance of his career in the Owls 42-7 win over Villanova last Thursday. Pierce finished with 20 carries for 147 yards and three touchdowns. His three touchdowns also tied a career high. Pierce is just the third player in Temple history to record 10 games of 100 yards rushing. Pierce is No. 5 on Temple's career receiving list with 1,236 yards, No. 2 in rushing TDs with 29, and No. 5 in points scored with 180. - MAC football

09/01/2011 - Bernard Pierce made Temple coach Steve Addazio a winner in his debut, rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns in the Owls' 42-7 win over Villanova on Thursday night. The Owls won the Mayor's Cup - presented to the winner of this city series - in front of 32,638 fans at Lincoln Financial Field. Addazio inherited a Temple program in solid shape after former coach Al Golden left for Miami. Golden took the Owls from a winless season to a bowl game, and posted consecutive winning seasons. Earlier this month, Addazio, who spent the last six seasons at Florida, boldly proclaimed Temple could become the Boise State of the east. For now, the Owls can stake a claim as the best in Philadelphia. Pierce looked set to put a disappointing sophomore season behind him against the FCS Wildcats. His touchdown runs of 19 and 22 yards in the first half helped stretch the lead to 21-0 and the Owls never looked back. - AP Sports

09/01/2011 - Even with a new coaching staff and new schemes to learn, Temple has the horses to win a MAC title, if they can find a quarterback and keep Pierce in one piece. First, they must survive a tough September slate beginning Sept. 1 vs. 2009 FCS national champ Villanova in the third annual Mayor's Cup game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Owls, who also face Penn State (Sept. 17) and Maryland (Sept. 24) early in the year, lost to Villanova, 27-24 two years ago and beat the Wildcats, 31-24 last year. This year's Mayor's Cup will be hotly contested too, especially with the college football landscape in flux and with Temple being mentioned as a possible fallback school, if Villanova elects not to accept the Big East's football invite. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Bernard Pierce - The 6-foot, 218-pound Pierce is a difference-maker for the Owls. When he's been healthy and in the lineup the past two years, Temple can play with anyone. But he's missed a good portion of time the past two seasons with injuries. Pierce, the program's most talented tailback since Paul Palmer, needs to put the injury bug behind in 2011. Pierce entered the 2010 as a dark horse Heisman candidate, but missed nearly one-quarter of the 2010 season with injuries. Pierce (728 yards, 10 rushing TDs in 2010) needs to stay healthy, if he hopes to turn pro at season's end. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - Junior RB Bernard Pierce ranks sixth on Temple's all-time rushing list (2,089 yards), but has been bitten by the injury bug in each of his first two seasons. Last season, he started only five games. He'll need to be healthy in 2011 for the Owls to compete the MAC title. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - A year ago, Temple tailback Bernard Pierce was being hyped by the school as a 2010 Heisman Trophy candidate complete with his own university-sponsored web site. But Pierce, the program's most physically gifted runner since Paul Palmer, didn't get a chance to live up the hype, because he was unable to avoid the injury bug as a sophomore. An early-season concussion, followed by lingering hamstring issues, limited Pierce to just five starts and 728 rushing yards in 2010. So this year, Job One for Pierce is to prove to his teammates, the Owls' new coaching staff (led by former Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio), and to NFL scouts (yep, he possesses the combination of size and speed to be an NFL early entrant next spring) that he's not brittle and that he can get back to his 2009 form, when he set numerous school records with 1,361 yards on the ground and 16 rushing touchdowns. Temple has never lost a game in which Pierce has carried the ball 15 times or more. The problem is that the injury bug has cut short both his freshman and sophomore campaigns. He missed three games with injuries and had just three carries in another game. "I expect Bernard to have a great junior season," said Addazio. "His attitude is phenomenal and so is his work ethic. I'd be surprised if he doesn't start off the season strong." - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: RB Bernard Pierce - The 6-foot, 218-pound Pierce is a difference-maker for the Owls. When he's been healthy and in the lineup the past two years, Temple can play with anyone. But he's missed a good portion of time the past two seasons with injuries. Pierce, the program's most talented tailback since Paul Palmer, needs to put the injury bug behind him in 2011. Pierce entered the 2010 season as a darkhorse Heisman candidate, but missed nearly one-quarter of the 2010 season with injuries. Pierce (728 yards, 10 rushing TDs in 2010) needs to stay healthy, if he hopes to turn pro at season's end. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - While Matt Brown is a nice player, Pierce is a game-changer. When he's healthy, Temple is capable of playing with anyone, because he's a physical, between-the-tackles runner that gets stronger as the game goes on. Pierce had a sensational debut in 2009, rushing for 1,361 yards and 16 touchdowns. But in an injury-plagued 2010 season, he collected just 759 yards and 10 TDs. He missed three games and played sparingly in three others. Pierce has had a slew of injuries during his first two seasons and has been M.I.A. late in the last two seasons when the Owls faced the cream of the MAC East crop (Miami-Ohio and Ohio U). With him healthy, Temple likely already owns a MAC East title, but alas, he couldn't avoid the injury bug. There are whispers that Pierce wants to go pro after this season. He certainly has the size and speed to do so, but he needs to remove the fragile tag in order for his NFL dreams to become a reality. "Obviously, Bernard is the go-to guy," says Addazio. "Bernard is working real hard on that physical and mental toughness to be that every down, every week player that can push through it in the end of the season. Those are all the marks of a strong football program and a strong football team." - The Sports Xchange

06/15/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: RB Bernard Pierce - The 6-foot, 218-pound Pierce is a difference-maker for the Owls. When he's been healthy and in the lineup the past two years, Temple can play with anyone. But he's missed a good portion of time the past two seasons with injuries. Pierce, the program's most talented tailback since Paul Palmer, needs to put the injury bug behind him in 2011. Pierce entered the 2010 season as a longshot Heisman candidate, but missed nearly one-quarter of the season with injuries. Pierce (728 yards, 10 rushing TDs in 2010) needs to stay healthy the next two years if he hopes to play pro ball someday. - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 3/84 --Bernard Pierce, RB, 6-0, 218, Temple...Pierce is a zone runner, extremely physical and durable. He rushed for 3,570 career yards and 53 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

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