It didn’t take long for junior running back Bernard Pierce to make an impact on the Owls’ 2011 season.
Pierce was named the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his effort against Villanova in the Mayor’s Cup last week. Pierce rushed for 147 yards and tied a career high with three touchdowns in the Owls’ dominating 42-7 defeat of the Wildcats.
“The last two years, [my performance in the Mayor's Cup] didn’t really go over,” Pierce said in a teleconference on Friday. “I really think I set the tone for the rest of the season.”
This was the fifth MAC Offensive Player of the Week award of Pierce’s collegiate career.