Hidden Heroes: Temple Running Back Bernard Pierce

aaron keyCorrespondent INovember 13, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back Bernard Pierce #30 of the Temple Owls carries the ball during a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 19, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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As college football fans, it's easy to lock on to the big stories, our favorite teams, and the latest conspiracy theories in our favorite sport.

These are three really big reasons why I love the game.

With that said, as fans of the sport, we do ourselves a great disservice by not widening our veiwership to soak up some these great performances that are just slightly off the radar.

This week's Hidden Hero has brought Temple back to the minds of college football fans, leading the team to a 7-2 start, with a 5-0 record in conference play.

This freshman phenom is among the top rushers in the country, ranking third in the NCAA.

Here's the stats:

                                       att.            yds              td.

Bernard Pierce                   204            1211                14

With his 6ft 212lb frame he has the durability and toughness to get the hard yards and be the workhorse. Pierce has carried the ball 40 times in two games this season.

Add in the fact that he runs a 10.6 in the 100 meters, and you've got a guy that can do it all.

So don't miss out as the Owls try to get one step closer to a MAC championship as they take on Akron at 8:30 et. on ESPN U. Go ahead and get Pierce on your radar, so you can be in the loop next year when this guy is on everyones list.