Artavis Pierce is in a good place. Confident, upbeat and ready to help the Beavers get out of the weeds and into contention for the Pac-12 title. The junior running back has been a consistent performer his first two seasons but has played behind a pretty good RB in Ryan Nall who decided he is ready for the next level. This could be the year the Florida native grabs a hold of that starting running back spot. Check out my interview with AP.....and his official Bio courtesy of the Oregon State Athletic Department.
CAREER• Has played in 23 games, making two starts• Enters the 2018 season with 846 rushing yards on 166 carries - an average of 5.1 yards per rush. Has scored five touchdowns• 2017 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selectionOREGON STATE2017 (SOPHOMORE)• Played in all 12 games, making two starts, against Minnesota and Arizona• Carried the ball 68 times for 323 yards, an average of 4.8 per rush. Scored one touchdown• Caught 15 passes for 128 yards• Served as a returner on kickoffs. Totaled 27 returns, finishing with 540 yards, an average of 20 per• Ran the ball 12 times for 60 yards against USC, scoring once• Rushed 10 times for 52 yards versus Colorado, adding two receptions for 43 yards• Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention2016 (FRESHMAN)• Played in 11 games as a true freshman• Showed an ability to make an immediate impact early in fall camp at Bend• Awarded the backup running back spot during fall camp• Posted 98 carries for 523 yards and four touchdowns, all marks good for second on the team• Proved to be a capable three-down back, registering 21 receptions• Recorded season-highs with 18 carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns to go with six receptions for 37 yards in his first career start at UCLA• Scored his first career touchdown in the Beavers’ overtime win over California• Pac-12 All-Freshman Team by Athlon• Signed a National Letter of Intent to play football in February 2016AUBURNDALE HIGH SCHOOL• Rivals and 247Sports three-star recruit• Rated among the top 100 running back prospects in the nation• Played in the Blue-Grey All-Star game in Tampa in January• Offensive MVP of the Blue-Grey Super Combine in June 2015 in Daytona Beach• Four-year starter and two-time team captain• Two-time all-county selection including first team as a junior• All-region second team as a senior• Associated Press 5A All-State Honorable Mention as a sophomore and junior• 2,076 career rushing yards and 18 touchdowns• Sprinter on the track team (200 meters)• A small forward on the basketball teamPERSONAL• Born Artavis Pierce on May 17, 1996 in Winter Haven, Fla.• Son of Arthur and Delores Pierce• Has two sisters, Artesha and Danisha• Enjoys playing basketball• Volunteers for the Lake Alfred youth football league• Undecided on a course of study