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Matt Pierce

Matt  Pierce

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Mobile, Ala.

High School:
UMS

Last College:
Wright Prep

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 185

Position:
WR

Birthdate:
07/24/1983

Experience:
3L

2005: Saw action in 6-of-11 games... Earned third letter ... Walk-on who was awarded a scholarship in August ... Spring 2005: Got off to a good start in the spring, but then rolled over an ankle and missed the two final weeks, but definitely showed some signs that he can help the receiving corps ... Catches the ball real well, and is excellent in finding cracks and seams in zone coverage ... Can also play in the slot ... Has shown he's a player with the capacity to contribute at all three receiver spots.

2004: Appeared in 8-of-11 games ... Did not play against South Carolina (10/9), LSU (11/20) or Mississippi State (11/27) ... Earned his second letter ... Caught two passes for 36 yards ... at Alabama (9/11): Caught his first career pass with a 23-yard reception from Micheal Spurlock in the first quarter ... vs. Arkansas State (10/2): Had one reception for 13 yards ... Also caught a two-point conversion pass from Ethan Flatt following Brandon Jacobs' three-yard TD run to put the Rebels up 28-14 with 14:03 left in the game ... Spring 2004: Finished spring drills No. 2 at the slot behind Kerry Johnson ... Caught one pass for 29 yards in Red-Blue Game.

2003: Played in 11-of-13 games ... Did not play in the season opener at Vanderbilt (8/30) or against Oklahoma State in the 2004 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic (1/2) ... Earned his first letter ... Saw his first career action during the 59-14 win over UL-Monroe (9/13).

2002: Joined the Ole Miss football program in the Fall of 2002 as a walk-on ... Did not see any action and was redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: All-State performer as a junior and senior, playing at UMS-Wright Prep in Mobile, Ala. ... Earned Most Valuable Player of Class 4A state championship game as he helped lead team to 15-0 record ... Also rated All-Region final two seasons ... Earned 2002 Offensive Player of the Year in Mobile County ... Was MVP final three years at UMS-Wright Prep ... Named Player of the Week four times ... Member of 2002 SuperPrep Dixie Team and PrepStar All-Southeast Region Team ... CBS Sportsline All-Region ... Team Captain ... Set Class 4A state championship game record with six receptions for 101 yards and two TDs ... Selected to 2002 North-South All-Star Game ... PrepStar and SuperPrep preseason All-America ... As a senior, caught 58 passes for 911 yards and 12 TDs, while having 1,698 all-purpose yards, returning four punts for TDs ... Career statistics included 172 receptions for 2,756 yards and 32 TDs ... Earned four letters in football ... Coached in high school by Terry Curtis ... Also earned three letters in baseball and two in track ... Rated All-State honors in track, running on the 4x100 team ... Also rated Indoor All-County honors in track ... Team Captain in track.

PERSONAL: Son of Bailey and Susann Pierce ... Full name is Matthew Heinz Pierce ... Born: July 24, 1983 ... Majoring in Political Science ... Member of the Army ROTC at Ole Miss ... Older brother Martin played outside linebacker for Army ... Made Dean's Honor Roll in Fall of 2002 and Spring of 2003 ... Made the U.M.A.A. Honor Roll in Spring of 2004.

PIERCE'S CAREER STATISTICS
--RECEIVING--

Year G-S Rec Yds TD Lg Avg.
2004 8-0 2 36 0 23 18.0
TOTAL 18-0 2 36 0 23 18.0

PIERCE'S CAREER HIGHS
RECEPTIONS: 1, twice, at Alabama (9/11/04) and vs. Arkansas State (10/2/04)
RECEIVING YARDS: 23, at Alabama (9/11/04)
LONG RECEPTION: 23, at Alabama (9/11/04)
CONSECUTIVE GAMES W/RECEPTION: 1, 9/11/04

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