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De'Mornay Pierson-El
Player Profile:
De'Mornay Pierson-El 1808957
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 185
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Alexandria, Va.
High School: West Potomac

Honors & Awards
» Preseason First-Team All-American (Phil Steele, Athlon’s, Sporting News)
» Preseason First-Team All-Big Ten (Phil Steele, Athlon’s)
» Second-Team All-American (USA Today, SI, FWAA, 2014)
» Third-Team All-American (Athlon, 2014)
» Freshman All-American (Scout, 247 Sports, USA Today, 2014)
» 2014 Jet Award Punt Returner of the Year
» Two-Time Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (Fresno State, Iowa)
» Nebraska Freshman Record Holder - Long Punt Return, Punt Returns Yards & TDs
» Nebraska Bowl Record for Receptions (8 vs. USC, 2014 Holiday Bowl)
» Nebraska Special Teams MVP (20150
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2014)
» Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2015)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2015)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015

De’Mornay Pierson-El enters the 2015 season poised to become a true dual-threat weapon for the Huskers. Pierson-El was one of the nation’s top special teams performers in 2014, and he showed the ability to become an elite receiver in the NU offense during the spring. 

One of five Husker true freshmen to play in 2014, Pierson-El was second nationally in punt return average and tied for the national lead with three punt return touchdowns. As a receiver, he continued to gain a bigger role throughout 2014, starting the final six games.

Pierson-El was named a second-team All-America selection and a freshman All-American by several organizations in 2014. He was a second-team Football Writers Association of America selection, becoming the first Husker freshman to make the FWAA All-America team.

2014 (Freshman)
Pierson-El played in all 13 games, taking over the punt return chores in game two and making six starts at receiver in the second half of the season. He ranked second nationally in punt return average at 17.5 yards per return. His 596 total punt return yards topped the nation by nearly 200 yards and ranked third on the Nebraska season charts. Pierson-El tied for the national lead with three punt returns for touchdowns - one shy of the NU record. He also had two of the eight longest punt returns in the nation in 2014 (86 and 80 yards).

On offense, he caught 23 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns and had 17 of his 23 receptions in the final four games, including a Nebraska bowl-record eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown against USC. He added 10 kickoff returns for 147 yards on the season.
Pierson-El found the end zone in his Nebraska debut catching an eight-yard touchdown pass against Florida Atlantic. He first showed his punt return explosiveness against McNeese State with five returns for 52 yards, including a 25-yarder.

Pierson-El earned Big Ten Special Teams Player-of-the-Week honors at Fresno State when he had five punt returns for 150 yards. He had an 86-yard touchdown return in the second quarter, the third-longest in the nation in 2014, the seventh-longest in NU history and the longest ever for a Husker freshman. He added a 51-yard return later in the quarter.

Pierson-El’s second punt return for a touchdown came at Michigan State on a 62-yard fourth-quarter return. Pierson-El had a big night at Northwestern, making three catches for 66 yards, including a season-long 46-yard reception. Pierson-El also threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Armstrong Jr. to became the first Husker since Bobby Newcombe in 2000 to score touchdowns on a punt return, reception and also throw for a touchdown.

Pierson-El made his first start at receiver against Rutgers, and a week later opened the scoring against Purdue with a 17-yard touchdown. He also had a 42-yard punt return in the first quarter against the Boilermakers. Pierson-El caught four passes for a then-career-high 87 yards against Minnesota, including his third receiving touchdown.

Pierson-El helped key Nebraska’s comeback from 17 points down at Iowa. He had three punt returns for 134 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter alone, he had two returns for 121 yards, the first setting up a Nebraska touchdown and the 80-yard return giving NU its first lead of the day. He also had four carries for 10 yards in the game.

Pierson-El capped the year with eight catches for 102 yards against USC, including a nine-yard touchdown catch. The eight receptions were a Nebraska bowl game record.

Before Nebraska (West Potomac HS)
Pierson-El posted prolific offensive numbers for Coach Jeremiah Davis at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Va., while also excelling as a kick returner. As a senior, Pierson-El primarily played quarterback for West Potomac and was a dual-threat option. Pierson-El threw for 876 yards and seven touchdowns, while rushing for 1,007 yards and 20 touchdowns.

As a junior, Pierson-El rushed for 1,658 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 127 yards. Pierson-El earned second-team Class AAA all-state honors as a kick returner from the Virginia High School Coaches Association. As a sophomore, Pierson-El focused his time at receiver and caught 49 passes for 781 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Rivals.com and Scout.com both ranked Pierson-El among the nation’s top 100 receivers. Pierson-El was also a member of the basketball team for three seasons. He only visited Nebraska, but had offers from Boston College, North Carolina, Marshall and Old Dominion.

Personal
Pierson-El is the grandson of William and Louise Carter and he was born on Dec. 26, 1995. He is majoring in nutrition, exercise and health science, and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2014. Pierson-El is active in the community volunteering his time with Uplifting Athletes, Make-A-Wish, Madonna Rehabilitation Center and numerous school and hospital visits. For his efforts, Pierson-El was named to the Brook Berringer and Tom Osborne Citizenship Teams and received a HERO Leadership Award.

Pierson-El's Career Stats (Receiving)ear

Year

G/S

Rec. 

Yards 

Y/R 

Y/G 

Long

TDs

2014

13/6 23 321 14.0 24.7

46 at Northwestern

4

Totals

13/6 23 321 14.0 24.7 46 at Northwestern
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Pierson-El's Career Stats (Punt Returns)ear

Year

G/S

Returns

Yards

Y/R

Y/G

Long

TDs

2014

13/6 34 596 17.5 45.8

86 at Fresno State

3

Totals

13/6 34 596 17.5 45.8 86 at Fresno State
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