Left the Ball State football team prior to the 2014 season . . .
2013: Did not see action as a redshirt
PREVIOUS SCHOOL: Spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons at St. Francis (Ind.) . . . redshirted in 2011 and appeared in four games in 2012 . . . tallied 131 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in 2012.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned three letters for Coach Zac Wells at Merrillville . . . helpted the team to an 8-3 record as a senior, including an 8-1 Duneland Athletic Conference mark . . . 2011 Grange Insurance Indiana North All-Star . . . The Times All-Area 1st Team Running Back and Associated Press Class 5A All-State Honorable Mention as a senior . . . All-Duneland Athletic Conference Offensive Most Valuable Player as a senior . . . IFCA Top 50 All-State Team as a senior . . . broke the Pirates' all-time rushing record with 3,572 yards . . . set Merrillville records in receptions (74) and scoring (360 points) . . . 171 carries for 1,169 yards, 22 TDs and 152 points scored as a senior . . . 31 receptions for 477 yards, three TDs as a senior.
PERSONAL: Son of Andre and Shiryl Pierce . . . born Dec. 8, 1992, in Gary, Ind. . . . one brother and one sister . . . full name is Denzel Andre Pierce.