At Delaware: Team co-captain for second straight year • shares honors with defensive tackle Zach Kerr • one of the nation's most respected and most productive running backs • former walk-on who is a fourth-year starter in the Blue Hen backfield and once again a strong candidate for All-American and National Player of the Year honors • one of 20 players nationwide selected to the Walter Payton National Player of the Year Award Watch presented by The Sports Network • recognized on The Sports Network pre-season All-American third team • looking to become a three-time All-American and four-time All-CAA selection • also looking to become the first UD player since Omar Cuff (2004-07) to lead the team in rushing all four years • has played in 35 career games with 34 starts and carried 747 times for 3,637 yards and 34 touchdowns while catching 79 passes for 426 yards (5.4 avg.) and four touchdowns • among active NCAA FCS career leaders in carries (2nd), yards (4th), touchdowns (5th), yards per game (6th at 103.9), and all-purpose yards (12th at 116.1) • needs just 388 yards to crack the Colonial Athletic Association career Top 10 rushing yardage list (Carl Smith of Maine is No. 9 at 4,025 in 1988-91) • needs 67 carries to crack CAA all-time Top 10 in that category (Bill Burnham of UNH is No. 10 at 814) • needs nine touchdowns rushing to crack CAA all-time Top 10 in that category (Maurice Murray of Northeastern is No. 10 with 43) • active CAA leader in carries and yards rushing and No. 2 in touchdowns and yards rushing per game • listed in the top 10 in many UD career lists, ranking No. 2 in yards per game (103.9 - record is 106.4 by Cuff), No. 3 in attempts (747 - 178 shy of Cuff's record of 925), No. 3 in yardage (3,637 - 950 shy of record of 4,587 by Daryl Brown in 1991-94 and 727 short of No. 2 by Cuff at 4,364), No. 3 in 100-yard rushing games (18 - 4 shy of record of 22 by Brown), No. 6 in rushing touchdowns (34), and No. 6 in all-purpose yards (4,063) • ranks No. 21 all-time in pass receptions (79) • dominating runner who stays low to the ground, can find holes, and challenges defenders • reliable receiver out of the backfield • rarely goes down after first hit • once caught passes in 25 straight games • all-time CAA leader with 10 Player or Rookie of the Week honors • serves as one of 16 members of the UD football team's Leadership Council • rushed for 67 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown in Blue-White spring game.
2012 Season: Despite an injury-plagued season, led Blue Hens in rushing for the third straight year and continued to become one of the most feared runners in both the CAA and the NCAA • was listed on the Walter Payton National Player of the Year Watch List and on several other pre-season All-American teams • earned All-CAA honors for the third straight year, garnering third team honors in the coaches voting despite posting the lowest numbers of his career • still achieved at a high level despite missing two games (Towson and Richmond) with an injury and seeing limited action in two others (Maine and Villanova) • carried a team-high 139 times for 703 yards, a 5.1 average per carry, and four touchdowns • moved ahead of all-time great Chuck Hall (3,157 yards in 1968-70) into third place on UD career rushing list • caught five passes for 15 yards and one touchdown out of the backfield • ranked No. 5 in the CAA in rushing (78.1 yards per game) • was named Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week vs. Rhode Island after rushing for a season-high 141 yards and two touchdowns • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week vs. Rhode Island and William & Mary • rushed for over 80 yards six times • rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns vs. William & Mary, 101 yards against Bucknell, 95 yards vs. Delaware State, 86 yards against West Chester, and 82 yards vs. New Hampshire • caught season-high three passes for five yards and a five-yard touchdown receptions vs. Rhode Island and also had a four-yard reception vs. Bucknell and a six-yard catch vs. Old Dominion • team went 5-6 for head coach K.C. Keeler.
2011 Season: Followed an unbelievable freshman season with a sensational sophomore campaign in the Blue Hen backfield • earned second team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors • earned honorable mention College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty Team honors • finished 14th in voting for the Walter Payton Award • selected as Touchdown Club of South Jersey NCAA FCS College Player of the Year • started all 11 games and led the team in rushing with 1,279 yards on 279 carries (4.6 avg) with 16 touchdowns • led team with 1,491 all-purpose yards • team's No. 2 receiver with 42 receptions for 212 yards (5.0 avg.) and leading scorer with 98 points on 16 touchdowns and a two-point conversion • 279 carries was No. 4 all-time in a single season at UD while 1,279 yards ranks No. 10, 116.3 yards rushing per game ranks No. 5, 16 touchdowns ranks No. 7, and 42 receptions ranks No. 3 among running backs • ranked No. 2 in the CAA and No. 11 in the NCAA in scoring (8.7 points per game), No. 3 in the CAA and No. 13 in the NCAA in rushing (116.3 yards per game), and No. 3 in the CAA and No. 26 in the NCAA in all-purpose running (135.5 yards per game) • rushed for 100 yards or more eight times led by a career-high 215 yards and two touchdowns vs. Richmond • 215 yards was the No. 8 highest single game total in UD history • also had 158 yards and three touchdowns vs. Towson, 143 yards and a touchdown vs. William & Mary, 123 yards and two touchdowns vs. West Chester, 120 yards and a touchdown vs. Maine, 119 yards and a touchdown vs. Navy, 109 yards and a touchdown vs. Villanova, and 106 yards and three touchdowns vs. Delaware State • was held under 80 yards just once (21 yards on 14 carries in win vs. Old Dominion) • carried a career-high 40 times vs. Villanova (No. 3 all-time at UD) and also rushed 34 times vs. Richmond and 34 times for Towson • averaged 36 carries for 160.6 yards and scored six touchdowns over final three games of the season vs. Towson, Richmond, and Villanova as Hens won final three games • had team's longest run of the season with a 44-yard scamper for a touchdown vs. West Chester • caught at least one pass in all 11 games, extending his pass-catching total to 25 straight games • tied a UD record for running backs with a career-high eight receptions for 34 yards vs. Maine • also had seven catches for 32 yards vs. West Chester and seven catches for 26 yards vs. William & Mary • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season for performances against West Chester and Towson • Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week for performances vs. Towson and Richmond • earned UD Strength & Conditioning team Iron Blue Hen Award for 2011-12 as the team's most committed player to weight training and conditioning • team went 7-4 under Keeler.
2010 Season: Enjoyed the finest season for a freshman running back in the history of Delaware football and one of the best by any player in Blue Hen history • walk-on who earned the starting job late in pre-season practice and was a star from the outset • started all 15 games at running back and led the team in rushing as a true freshman as he gained a UD freshman record 1,655 yards on 329 carries (5.0 avg.) with 14 touchdowns • only second player in UD history to lead the Yankee/Atlantic 10/CAA in rushing (Germaine Bennett led with 101.6 in 2003) • also caught 32 passes for 199 yards (6.2 avg.) and three touchdowns • third team The Sports Network All-American and one of just two freshmen nationally to be named to the team • Phil Steele College Football National Freshman of the Year • College Sporting News All-American • ECAC All-East Freshman of the Year • Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Rookie of the Year and first team All-CAA • led all NCAA FCS freshmen, led the CAA, and ranked No. 15 in the nation in rushing with 110.3 yards per game • posted the second highest single-season rushing yardage total at UD and most since All-American Omar Cuff rushed for 1,945 in 2007 • rushed for 100 yards or more in seven of his 15 games • was outstanding in the post-season, rushing 95 times for 506 yards and two touchdowns in four games, averaging 126.5 yards rushing per game • closed the year with a 186-yard effort in NCAA semifinal win over Georgia Southern and a 142-yard effort with one touchdown in national title game against Eastern Washington • carried 13 times for 119 yards and a touchdown collegiate debut vs. West Chester • rushed 26 times for 165 yards and a touchdown vs. South Dakota State • had season-high 200 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns against Duquesne • became first UD freshman and just the sixth player all-time to rush for over 200 yards in a game • became first UD freshman to rush for over 100 yards in each of his first four games • reached 1,000 yards rushing in a season (nine games) and career faster than any player in UD history • had season-high three touchdowns on 26 carries with 114 yards vs. Richmond • ran 26 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns vs. Rhode Island • rushed 16 times for 79 yards and two scores vs. Towson • had two catches for 26 yards and a score vs. Maine • had one catch for 31 yards and a touchdown against Massachusetts • had four catches for 18 yards and a score vs. Villanova with his one-yard touchdown catch with 18 seconds left sending the game into overtime • caught four passes for 18 yards vs. Eastern Washington • led the team with 1,854 all purpose yards (No. 39 in NCAA and No. 2 among freshmen) • ranked No. 2 in the CAA and No. 40 in the NCAA (No. 5 among freshmen) in scoring with 6.8 points per game • became one of the most decorated players in school history • earned CAA Offensive Player of the Week vs. Duquesne • selected CAA Rookie of the Week six times, including three straight weeks to open the season (West Chester, South Dakota State, Duquesne, Maine, Rhode Island, Towson) • selected as Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week three times (South Dakota State, Duquesne, Georgia Southern) • selected as the New Jersey Sportswriters Association College Running Back of the Year • team went 12-3 and advanced to the FCS national title game under Keeler.
High School: Standout running back at Cumberland Regional High School for head coach Tom Lake • one of the top running backs in South Jersey • led team to back-to-back playoff appearances • 2007 berth was the school’s first in school history • set single-season school records with 1,640 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2009 • Cumberland Regional’s all-time leading rusher with 4,537 yards • selected to the All-Group III, All-Conference, All-Press and second team All-South Jersey • named Touchdown Club of South Jersey’s Running Back of the Year • awarded the Maxwell Club Mini Max Award • doubled as a standout track & field athlete • won sectional titles in the javelin • finished fifth at the Penn Relays • holds school record with toss of 191-5 • named to All-South Jersey track & field team.
Personal: Andrew Michael Pierce • nickname is A.P. • health behavior science major at Delaware • son of Steven and Wanda Pierce • born March 6, 1991 • has an older brother • enjoys fishing and camping in spare time • has pre-game ritual of watching highlights of great runs by late NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton • participated in event at the White House with Vice President Joe Biden in June, 2012 that launched a public service announcement about dating violence.
Career Statistics at Delaware
Career-High Rushing Yards: 215 vs. Richmond, 2011; 200 yards vs. Duquesne, 2010
Career-High Receiving Yards: 36 yards vs. Massachusetts, 2011