2017 (Senior): Second Team All-SoCon selection after starting all 11 games at linebacker for the Bulldogs…Named to the ADA FCS Academic All-Star Team and named CoSida Academic All-District selection for a second consecutive year…Started the final 23 games of his career…Finished his career with 180 tackles…Led the Bulldogs in tackles (91), tackles for loss (13.0), and pass breakups (4) as a senior…Part of a Bulldogs' defense led the SoCon in a number of key defensive categories for much of the season….Season high 12 tackles in a 20-14 loss to eventual national quarterfinalist Wofford (10/14)….Key piece in Citadel’s rally past ETSU (9/16) with two tackles for loss and three QB hurries…Averaged nine tackles per game over final eight games of the season…Had a sack against CFP No. 1 seed Clemson (11/18)…Will graduate with a degree in accounting and a 3.9 GPA in May.
2016 (Junior): Started all 12 games … first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District … recorded 78 tackles, including 11.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry … made career-high 12 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, in 24-21 win at Wofford … named Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week after his performance at Terriers … registered career-high 3.0 tackles for loss as part of six-tackle performance in 38-14 win at North Greenville … opened season with five tackles in 24-23 victory at Mercer … made three stops in 19-14 win vs. Furman … recorded seven tackles, including 1.0 for loss, and one forced fumble in 31-24 win at Gardner-Webb … made three tackles in 37-14 victory at Western Carolina … had four tackles, including 1.0 for loss, in 22-14 victory vs. No. 5 Chattanooga … recorded five tackles, including 1.0 for loss with 0.5 sack, in 45-10 win vs. ETSU … made six tackles, including 1.0 for loss with 0.5 sack, in 37-34 victory vs. No. 20 Samford … had another six-tackle performance with 1.0 for loss in 30-20 win at VMI … made 11 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, at North Carolina … registered 10 tackles and one quarterback hurry in second round of FCS Playoffs vs. No. 19 Wofford
2015 (Sophomore): Appeared in 12 games … recorded nine tackles, including 1.5 for loss … registered career-high four tackles, including career-high 1.0 for loss, at Georgia Southern … made one solo stop in season-opening 69-0 win vs. Davidson … had two tackles, 0.5 for loss, in 28-10 win vs. Western Carolina … made one tackle vs. Charleston Southern … recorded one stop in 38-17 win at Furman.
2014 (Freshman): Appeared in five games … recorded two tackles … made one solo stop in collegiate debut at defending national champion Florida State … had one tackle in 42-35 win vs. Furman … also saw action in 63-56 win vs. Charlotte, at Western Carolina and vs. Samford.
High School: A 2014 graduate of Daphne High School in Daphne, Ala. ... four-year letterwinner for the football team ... recorded 111 tackles and forced two fumbles during his senior season, earning him all-metro and all-county honors ... made 128 tackles and fourced three fumbles in 2012 ... helped lead his team to a 6A state championship in 2010 ... a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Son of Michael and Daphne Pierce ... father played football at Tulane from 1986-90 and brother played at Tulane for two seasons before transferring to Samford ... plans to major in business administration.