PHILADELPHIA – Temple running back Bernard Pierce
(Ardmore, Pa.) has been named a 2009 CollegeFootballNews.com Honorable Mention All-American.
Named to CFN's Freshman All-America Team last week, Pierce is the Owls' first All-American since 2003 when linebacker Rian Wallace earned second team honors.
Pierce has had an outstanding freshman campaign for the Cherry & White. He is the 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-MAC selection. He set the freshman records for yards (1,308), touchdowns (15), and 100-yard rushing games (6). He needs just one touchdown to set Temple's single-season records for TDs and points scored.
With his back-to-back-to-back 100-plus rushing games against Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, and Ball State, Pierce became the first Temple freshman to record multiple games of more than 100 yards rushing since the Owls began Division I-A competition in 1971.
Pierce earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week honors three times during the season, the most in school history, as well as National Performer of the Week twice. He also earned Helmet Stickers from ESPN.com.
Temple (9-3, 7-1 MAC) will play UCLA (6-6, 3-5 Pac-10) in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
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