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Buck James Pierce
№: --     Free Agent
Date of birth: November 15, 1981 (1981-11-15) (age 28)
Place of birth: Gasquet, California
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: Import
Position(s): QB
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Jersey №:
College: New Mexico State
Organizations
 As player:
2005-2010 BC Lions
Playing stats at CFL.ca

Buck James Pierce (born November 15, 1981 in Gasquet, California) is a professional Canadian football quarterback who is currently a free agent. Pierce was released by the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League on March 9, 2010 after playing with the team since 2005. The Lions are the only professional team Pierce has played for.

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High School

The son of Tim and Connie Pierce, he attended Del Norte High School, in Crescent City, California. He was a three-year starter at Del Norte, guiding the Warriors to a 16-4 record as a junior and senior.

He passed for 2,225 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior in 1999, earning Big 5 Conference Most Valuable Player honors for the second consecutive season. He broke the school’s single-season and career records for both passing yardage and passing TD’s in 1999. Buck threw for 2,010 yards and 19 TD’s as a junior in 1998 and 1,180 yards and 10 TD’s as a sophomore in 1997.

He was voted to the Times Standard North Coast California All-Century team. He qualified for North State meet as a long jumper, leaping better than 22 feet as a junior. He also led DNHS to a pair of league titles as a starting guard on the basketball squad.

College

Pierce attended New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces, New Mexico where he majored in kinesiology. In 2001, on his first run from scrimmage as a college player, Pierce ripped off a 75-yard run against Louisville. He did not throw an interception in 2001 and did not throw one in 2002 until the fourth quarter against North Texas (11/16) in the next to last game of the season.

Wearing the #11 jersey, he started seven games as a sophomore, and took the top job in 2004 as a senior. He consistently posted high efficiency ratings as a college quarterback.

Professional

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BC Lions

Pierce signed a free agent contract with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League on May 16, 2005 after being passed over by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Pierce began the season as the third string quarterback, making his CFL debut on Aug 19, 2005 versus Hamilton. In this game, he completed all three of his passes and also threw his first CFL touchdown pass, to running back Antonio Warren, in a 39-15 win over the Tiger-Cats.[1] After injuries to starter Dave Dickenson and backup Casey Printers, Pierce earned his first career start in Week 16 at Winnipeg (Oct 10/05), a 44-23 loss, completing 12-of-22 passes for 133 yards. [2]

After Casey Printers left for the NFL in 2006, Pierce was elevated to the backup quarterback position behind Dave Dickenson. Once Dickenson was injured in week 8 against the Edmonton Eskimos, Buck was again elevated to starter status, this time for two straight games and earned his first CFL win as a starter as the team won both games. Dickenson returned only to leave the Sept 24 game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders with post-concussion symptoms, leaving Pierce to start the next game against the Tiger-Cats, also a win. He started each of the next three games until playing poorly in the third game against Hamilton where Dickenson reclaimed his starter's position. Pierce went 5-1 as a starter as he led the CFL in completion percentage (73.7%) and had the second highest quarterback rating (109.0).[3]. At the conclusion of the season, Pierce shared in the Lions championship, playing for a few snaps in the 94th Grey Cup.

In 2007, then-starter Dave Dickenson suffered yet another concussion, in week 3, and Pierce stepped up to assume the role of starting quarterback. By mid-August, Pierce was hobbled by injuries to his ribs, toe, hand, and shoulder, but he persevered in the starting role until finally relinquishing the role to third-stringer Jarious Jackson, who performed well himself. The Lions finished a team record 14-3-1, but succumbed to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West Final. Due to his frequent injuries, Pierce has been referred to as the Lions' "walking bruise".[3] As of the end of 2007, he had started 11 games as a Lion, compiling a mark of 7-3-1.

With Dave Dickenson being released in the off-season, the starting quarterback's position was up for grabs for the 2008 season. Following the 2008 pre-season and a tough competition with back-up Jarious Jackson, Pierce was named the BC Lions starting quarterback. Because of an injury in the regular season opener, he acted as the back-up until Jackson's ineffective play led to Pierce returning as the starter against Montreal on Labour Day Weekend. After manhandling the Roughriders in the West Semi-Final, he led the Lions to the West Final against Calgary where they were defeated for the fourth time that season.

The 2009 season saw Pierce struggle with concussions and shoulder injuries. He was sidelined with the former in week 7 on August 14th in a game against Toronto.[4] He returned to play for the first time in week 12 on September 19th, starting again against Toronto, after Jarious Jackson was injured in the previous game against Montreal. But again, Pierce was besieged with injuries and left the week 16 match-up with Winnipeg, leaving third stringer Travis Lulay to carry out a victory.

With Jackson sitting out the rest of the season, head coach Wally Buono opted to sign former CFL MOP Casey Printers. In the Winnipeg game, Lulay had also injured himself towards the end of the game, forcing Buono to start Printers for the final three games of the regular season. When Printers was knocked out of the finale against Edmonton on November 6th, Pierce came in, in relief, and was again knocked out with a shoulder injury. It is unclear what the future holds for Pierce, as Buono has been in talks with Printers about a contract negotiation and is likely to enter training camp as the number one QB. Buono has stated that not all five quarterbacks will be back in 2010.[5][6]

On March 9 Buck Pierce was released by the BC Lions making him a free agent.[7]

Statistics

  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Att Comp Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD Fumb
2005 BC 18 71 43 60.6 679 3 1 100.6 15 104 6.9 17 2 0
2006 BC 18 186 137 73.7 1,752 11 6 109.0 31 294 9.5 39 3 2
2007 BC 15 127 81 63.8 1,013 5 3 91.7 22 164 7.5 20 1 0
2008 BC 18 362 232 64.1 3,018 19 9 97.4 29 177 6.1 16 1 6
2009 BC 17 315 199 63.2 2,272 10 12 79.5 39 276 7.1 23 1 6
CFL totals 86 1,061 692 65.2 8,734 48 31 93.7 136 1,015 7.5 23 9 10

References

  1. ^ http://www.cfl.ca/article/lions_39__tiger_cats_15
  2. ^ http://www.cfl.ca/article/blue_bombers_44__lions_23
  3. ^ Beamish, Mike: "Q&A with Buck Pierce", Vancouver Sun, August 16, 2007, as e-published in canada.com[1].
  4. ^ Jim Morris: "Concussions won't change how Buck plays", Canadian Press, September 19, 2007, [2].
  5. ^ http://www.theprovince.com/sports/football/bc-lions/Wally+back+with+Printers+sights/2431306/story.html
  6. ^ http://www.nationalpost.com/sports/story.html?id=2532813
  7. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=313189

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