Saturday, April 28, 2012

Temple's Pierce goes in 3rd round to Ravens

NEW YORK (4/27/12) – The Baltimore Ravens selected Temple All-American RB Bernard Pierce with the 21st pick of the third round (84th pick overall) of the 2012 National Football League Draft on Friday evening at Radio City Music Hall.

Pierce is the first Owl selected in 2012 and the 62nd Temple University football player to be selected in the NFL Draft since 1937. 

Pierce is the first Temple player to be selected by the Ravens (since 1996) in school history and the fourth Owl to be selected by a Baltimore NFL team, joining Colts’ selections DB Anthony Young (1985), RB Mark Bright (1980) and QB Steve Joachim (1975).

As a junior in 2011, Pierce became Temple’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (53), total touchdowns (54), and points scored (324). He also set the season records for rushing TDs (27), total TDs (27), points scored (162), and 100-yard rushing games (9), while setting game records for rushing TDs in a game (5 at Maryland) and points scored (30 at Maryland). The communications major intends to return to Temple to complete his degree.

Pierce is a three-time first-team All-MAC honoree, the 2011 ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, and the 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year.

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