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I’m not bringing this up to drive a dagger into the hearts of Terps fans -- trust me, I was groaning, too, when he ran hard against my alma mater, Penn State, a week earlier. Instead, it's to give anecdotal evidence as to how the Ravens might have found a between-the-tackles replacement for
Pierce churned out 149 yards on 32 carries that September afternoon. He scored on touchdowns from one yard out, nine yards out, four yards out, 44 yards out and 13 yards out -- breaking a bunch of tackles along the way. Maryland head coach
Of course, Maryland was not alone in its misery. Pierce rushed for 100 or more yards in eight of Temple's 11 games in 2011 and more than 140 in five of them. He had a touchdown in all but one game, and had three or more in five of them. At season's end, Pierce, who left Temple after his junior season to support his family, was named the 2011 ECAC Offensive Player of the Year after racking up 1,481 rushing yards and a school-record 27 touchdowns.
“He is a one-cut runner with some size. He runs very well behind his pads, and that’s the style of running game that we’re using right now,” Ravens general manager
Ravens director of player personnel
"You know, if you want me to get those short yards, those fourth-and-ones, third-and-shorts, I can definitely contribute to a game plan any way you want me to," Pierce said on a conference call with Baltimore media on Friday night. "I'm a big back. I'm not just going to go down easy. I'm definitely going to fight for every yard."