August 21, 2007

Pierce ready to help at wide receiver

Kansas State football fans will need to get familiar with a variety of new faces at the wide receiver this fall, as the Wildcat receiving corps added a slew of newcomers during the off-season. Five new names are listed on the position's depth chart this year, and though most of the recruiting hype swirled around true freshman Lamark Brown and junior college transfer Deon Murphy, it will likely be the somewhat overlooked Ernie Pierce whose fresh face is showcased most in 2007.

With the absence of a notable media attention it's easy to forget that Pierce will possibly be K-State's fourth pass catching option when the season begins at Auburn on Sept., 1. But the first-year Wildcat receiver is not at all bothered by his under-the-radar status.

"I don't care too much about who knows about me or what Rivals thinks or how many stars I get," he said. "It's what you do once you get on the field."

Though the 20-year old junior college transfer hopes people begin to take notice when he steps on the field, Pierce says he has nothing prove. In fact, he would rather be known as a small piece to a championship puzzle than a big-time recruit or unsung hero.

"The only (individual goal) that I set is to help my team have a successful season," he said. "I want to help us get to San Antonio this year and bring home a championship."

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