Alexandria, VA | 5086 | 185 | 4.40E | 2018
Speed, burst and acceleration was on a next level prior to his torn ACL and fractured foot injuries in 2015, which he suffered during a celebration after scoring on a 20-yard touchdown pass. He has the knack to make the first defender miss on punt returns and can really change the momentum of the game with his return ability. Has been used inside/outside; not afraid to go over the middle to make the catch and picks up huge chunks of yardage after the catch. Also used on end arounds. Possesses astute open-field vision and elusiveness, in addition to above average leaping ability. His route-running, blocking and hands can all use improvement. He has dropped some balls that should’ve been routine catches, on the opposite end of the spectrum, he has made the spectacular play look routine at times. He confronted several men during home invasion during Spring of 2017, according to police report. Has shown improved leg strength. Does an excellent job of conducting interviews; he takes command of the Q&A and has a strong grasp of how to interact with the media. Member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. His special teams ability will surely be appealing to NFL teams but how he checks out medically could determine whether or not he hears his name called during the 2018 NFL Draft or whether he’ll be fighting for a job as an undrafted free agent.
2016: Pierson-El played in all 13 games and made six starts at receiver. He finished the season with 20 catches for 254 yards, an average of 12.7 yards per catch, and had a 40-yard touchdown against Purdue. He caught at least one pass in 10 of 13 games. Pierson-El also handled punt return duties and had 23 returns for 168 yards.
2015: Pierson-El played in just five games because of injury and finished the season with 12 receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown. He also had four punt returns for 48 yards.
2014; Pierson-El played in all 13 games, serving as the top punt returner throughout the year, and starting six games at receiver. He ranked second nationally in punt return average at 17.5 yards per return. His 596 total punt return yards topped the nation by nearly 200 yards and ranked third on the Nebraska season charts. Pierson-El tied for the national lead with three punt returns for touchdowns – one shy of the NU record.
High School: Pierson-El posted prolific offensive numbers for Coach Jeremiah Davis at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Va., while also excelling as a kick returner. As a senior, Pierson-El primarily played quarterback for West Potomac and was a dual-threat option. Pierson-El threw for 876 yards, while rushing for 1,007 yards and totaling 27 touchdowns.
Personal: Pierson-El is the grandson of William and Louise Carter and he was born on Dec. 26, 1995. He is a communication studies major and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2014 and 2016. Pierson-El is active in the community volunteering his time with Uplifting Athletes, Make-A-Wish, Nebraska’s Sportsmanship Rally, the Lincoln Marathon and nu