2011 BOWL SEASON – NEW MEXICO BOWL

New Mexico Bowl

Saturday, December 17, 1 p.m. CST/ESPN

University Stadium/Albuquerque, N.M.

Temple (8-4)

#30 RB Bernard Pierce, Junior – 5-11¾, 218 pounds, 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash – One of the least-known but talented running backs in the country, Pierce ran for 1,381 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Owls this season. Twice in three years he’s been a first-team All-MAC selection. He has been fairly durable, missing only a few plays here and there because of a concussion and hamstring problems. Over his 34-game career, Pierce had run for 3,470 yards and 51 rushing TDs on 638 carries; that ranks him among the best rushers in Temple football history. If he decides to skip his senior season, Pierce will likely be a third to fourth-round prospect, with the chance to move up after Combine and team evaluations.

#43 OLB Adrian Robinson, Senior – 6-0½, 250 pounds, 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash – Availability has always been Robinson’s strength; in four years with the Owls, he never missed a game, starting 37 times. He’s a three-time All-MAC first-team defensive end, but will move to outside linebacker, maybe inside linebacker in the NFL. This past season he started 12 games for Temple and had 47 tackles, 10 TFL and a team leading six sacks. Over his career, he had 151 total tackles, 31 TFL, 22 sacks, 2 INTs, 8 forced fumbles, 2 blocked kicks. A successful wrester in high school, Robinson understands leverage and that allows him to battle bigger offensive linemen on the pass rush. He’s a fourth or fifth-round talent.

Wyoming (8-4)

#26 CB Tashuan Gipson, Senior – 5-11½, 203 pounds, 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash – Coming out of Dallas, Gipson was under-sized as a high school senior and was a jack of all trades, playing QB, WR, FS and he handled returns. He’s played in 50 games for the Cowboys, with 242 total tackles, 9 interceptions, 30 passes broken up and 4 forced fumbles. This season he had 87 total tackles. Gipson has also played some safety, and that may be the ultimate position for him in the NFL. Appears most comfortable in zone where he can read and react. A fifth-round prospect.

#44 DE Josh Biezuns, Redshirt-Senior – 6-1½, 249 pounds, 4.7 seconds in 40-yard dash – In five years with the Cowboys, Biezuns has played fullback, linebacker and defensive end. In three years on defense, he’s been very consistent each year. In 37 games he’s made 186 total tackles, 29.5 TFLs, 15 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 5 passes knocked down. A seventh-round/FA prospect.

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