FB Forecast: RB Nicodem Pierre

Player by player preview of the 2015 Duke Blue Devil football team continues with converted quarterback Nico Pierre who could factor into the running back rotation sooner than later depending on his progression.

Nicodem Pierre

Position:

QB / RB

Height/Weight:

6-foot-2 / 210 pounds

High School:

Miami (FL) / Coral Reef

Year:

Redshirt Freshman

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2014 Review:

Pierre came into Duke with the expectation to redshirt as the program’s possible future signal caller.  He arrived on campus and redshirted in 2014 - running the scout team throughout the season.

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2015 Preview

Pierre began the preseason charted as the third string signal caller behind starter Thomas Sirk and backup Parker Boehme.   After a rash of injuries to the stable of running backs, Pierre was asked to consider a position move to running back.

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TDD Projection

Throughout his redshirt season the word on Pierre was that he had terrific zip on the ball, but was struggling at times with accuracy.   The move to running back may end up being a temporary thing or a permanent move depending on how he adapts.   With him moved over to running back, the Blue Devils have four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, and there’s certainly more daylight in the backfield with Shaq Powell graduating and Jela Duncan out.   We’d expect Pierre to remain at running back and eventually becoming a regular in the rotation.

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How he ended up in Durham

Pierre, who was considered a three star prospect by Scout.com and the nation's No. 52 quarterback, chose Duke over offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida International, Kansas State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, South Florida, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin among others. 

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High School Highlights

Four-year letterman at Coral Reef under Chevas Clements ...helped team to four-year record of 27-15 ... finished career with 4,284 passing yards with 68 total TDs (48 passing & 20 rushing) ... also lettered in basketball. [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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