Pierce taking advantage of early opportunity

One of the true freshmen who has come out and turned heads early is running back Artavis Pierce from Auburndale, Florida.

Against Boise State, Pierce had 46 yards on seven carries as the second leading rusher on the team.  He tries to take things day by day as he continues to learn the playbook, which has been a big task for the true freshman. He felt good in the second half against the Broncos on Saturday.

"I was feeling the hole and making my reads and my cuts trying to help my team pick up rushing yards and help in the passing game," Pierce said of the performance. "I just tried to do my part in the second half by staying focused and keeping my mind right."

Was he surprised to be making an impact so soon in his college career? 

"I was surprised that I picked up the playbook this quick, it was hard," Pierce said. "I'm still learning blocking schemes and I'm working on pass protection."

"I didn't have to block in high school and there weren't any blitzers, now I need to read schemes," he said. "I've had to learn cut blocks because the defenders are bigger so I've had to learn how to cut and chop them down so I can keep myself safe."

Most commits will tell you in February or in June that they plan to come in and play right away.  The reality of that happening is pretty rare as many utilize a redshirt year to grasp the playbook and develop.  Pierce didn't come in expecting to play this early, but he has utilized hard work and the help from older players, such as his big brother on the team Ryan Nall to help him.

"I didn't really think that, but I knew that I had the opportunity to do that (play early) so I came out and knew that I had opportunity and so I wanted to learn the playbook and show them what I've got and I did that," he said.

As far as more carries, he knows that will come with trust.

"I'm going day by day and game by day," he said. "As long as I'm doing my part they will have more trust in me."

Pierce said that the transition to college across the country hasn't been difficult and that he Face Time's with his parents often.   

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