Thursday, October 2, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Pierce: "I should be good for Wednesday"

If Bernard Pierce could talk to Temple fans, he would tell them to relax.

Pierce: "I should be good for Wednesday"

"I´m feeling well," Owls running back Bernard Pierce said. "My body is holding up." (David Swanson/Staff file photo)
"I'm feeling well," Owls running back Bernard Pierce said. "My body is holding up." (David Swanson/Staff file photo)

If Bernard Pierce could talk to Temple fans, he would tell them to relax.

“I’m feeling well,” said the Owls tailback, who is nursing a hamstring injury. “My body is holding up well, just a couple of nicks and bruises along the way.”

Then he said the one thing Temple followers really wanted to hear.

“I should be good for Wednesday,” Pierce said in reference to the much-anticipated Mid-American Conference East Division matchup against Ohio.

More coverage
Video: Penn State out for revenge
 
Owls Inq: Temple to play in Ohio's 'Blackout' game
 
Buy college team gear
Buy Penn State football tickets
Latest college sports videos

The Owls (5-3, 3-2 Mid-American) must defeat the Bobcats (5-3, 2-2) at Peden Stadium if they expect to reach the conference championship game. And a healthy Pierce gives them their best chance to win.

“Coach [Steve Addazio] is taking the extra precaution of not trying to drive my body into the ground in practice when we have a game,” the 6-foot, 218-pound junior said of not practicing since Oct. 14.

Pierce leads the nation with 18 rushing touchdowns. He also ranks second in scoring (13.50 points per game) and  10th in rushing (118.88 yards per game). 

The Glen Mills product had 17 carries for 107 yards a touchdown while competing at 60 percent in last weekend’s 13-10 setback to Bowling Green.

“I give him a lot of credit,” Addazio said. “He did not want to come out that one game. And it was real important for him to be in the game.”

And it’s also important for Pierce to play against Ohio.

“We got to win,” he said. “Everyone has been going really hard this week at practice. And our mentality, our mindset, our motive is to go down there and win.”

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

John Mitchell
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected