Rookie running back
Pierce rushed for 34 yards on nine carries in a 16-13 overtime win over the
Over the past four games since not having a carry in a loss to the
Now, the third-round draft pick from Temple is hoping to earn more carries as he continues to gain more knowledge of the playbook.
"I'm starting to gain more trust with the coaches and the players," said Pierce, who has rushed for
213 yards and a touchdown on 51 carries this season. "Once I get a groove going, I feel comfortable. I can't wait to be able to learn more than I already know. Once I get it down, it will be easier."
Pierce, who rushed for 3,570 career yards and 53 touchdowns in college, is averaging 4.2 yards per carry. His season-highs are 48 yards on six carries and a long run of 21 yards on Sept. 27 against hte Cleveland Browns.
Against the Chargers, Pierce was stuffed for a loss of two yards in a 4th-and-1 situation in the third quarter.
6-foot, 218-pound Pierce.
"I like Bernard Pierce," Harbaugh said. "Bernard Pierce is a really good player. We're not going to shy away from Bernard Pierce carrying the ball. I'd like to see him carry the ball more and more.
"I think those two guys complement each other really well. The better Bernard gets, the more he's going to play. Powerful, explosive, hard-running guy, he's a good choice for that."