New head coach Curtis Johnson discussed the Green Wave's preseason practice and outlook for 2012
Several new players, 14 starters dot the two-deep
The Green Wave dropped their Conference USA contest against UTEP, 44-7, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct. 15, 2011.
2011: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman...earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors after finishing tied for ninth on the team in pass break-ups (2) while posting 15 tackles (9 solo, 6 assists) and a half tackle for loss...posted a career-high three tackles twice: 1 solo, 2 assists vs Tulsa (9/10) and 2 solo, 1 assist at Rice (11/19)...added a half tackle for loss and a pass break-up vs the Owls...had two assisted stops and a pass break-up at Duke (9/24)...tallied two solo stops at Hawai'i (11/26)...recorded single-tackle outings at UAB (9/17), vs UTEP (10/15), vs Memphis (10/22), at East Carolina (10/29) and at SMU (11/5).
High School: Two-year letterman at Daphne High for coach Glenn Vickery...rated a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and received a scout grade of 45 by ESPN.com...helped lead the Trojans to a combined 21-8 record, including a 15-0 showing, a 6A Region 2A title and a state championship as a senior...named first-team all-state and all-district while claiming Cellular South 1st & 10 Club Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior after posting 82 stops and helping spearhead a defense that allowed an average of just 9.5 points per game...named MVP of the 6A state championship game after recording 10 stops in a 7-6 win over Hoover...selected to play in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classic...as a junior, posted 118 tackles, three fumble recoveries, two sacks and an interception en route to earning first-team all-county and second-team all-metro recognition...also earned two letters in track and field.
Personal: Born Michael Eric Pierce, Jr., on Nov. 6, 1992, in Mobile, Ala...son of Michael and Daphne Pierce...has one brother, Myles...father, Michael, played football at Tulane from 1987-89, served as team captain as a senior and played in the 1990 Senior Bowl...majoring in communications.
Pierce's Career Defensive Statistics