Aug. 27, 2012
The redshirt junior from Twin Bridges has seen a lot of it while playing for the Grizzlies.
After graduating from Twin Bridges High School as a three-sport varsity athlete, Clay Pierson joined the Grizzlies as a safety, a position that he excelled at for the Twin Bridges Falcons. As he started his college football career, the first thing he had to adjust to was a bigger field. As a Class C school, Twin Bridges played an eight-man version of the game on a smaller field.
Pierson suffered a season-ending injury during the 2009 fall camp. After recovering, he put on 20 pounds and transitioned to defensive end, a position that guarantees a lot of physical contact.
Now not only is Pierson switching positions again, he is switching sides. This season he will make the move from defensive end to tight end.
"We were short at tight end," he says. "Kavario (Middleton) graduated and (Jacob) Haas was hurt."
But this most recent change seems to suit Pierson. He adjusted quickly during spring ball and is expected to see plenty of action this season.
"I'm ready for the games to start and get things rolling," he says.
Now in his third year of school, he will face a whole different kind of change--transitioning from college ball into the working world.
"I want to teach and coach," says Pierson "Maybe somewhere in Montana or Alaska, somewhere with good fishing."
Even though Pierson has two seasons left in his college career, he says there are unforgettable moments.
"My favorite game was the playoff game against Northern Iowa last year," he says. "It was a night game under the lights and it was a great atmosphere. And we won, of course."
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