Addazio wishes Pierce great success in the NFL

Temple football coach Steve Addazio, in a press release, thanked Bernard Pierce Friday morning for his contributions to the Owls' program.

The junior tailback announced Thursday that he will forego his senior season and enter the upcoming NFL draft.

"We want to thank Bernard for all that he has given to Temple football during his tenure," Addazio said in a statement. "We wish him great success at the next level, and we appreciate all that he has contributed to Temple University and the football program."

A three-year starter, Pierce ranks second on Temple's all-time rushing list with 3,570 yards. His 54 touchdowns, 53 of them on the ground, and 324 points score are career records at Temple.

Pierce rushed for 1,481 yards this season despite missing one game with a concussion, playing two others with a hamstring injury and being taken out in the third quarter of a number of games because Temple had huge leads. His 27 touchdowns is a single-season school record.