Year: Junior

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia

Depth chart: No. 1 at wide receiver/No. 1 at punt returner

Career games played: 26

Of note: Pierson-El caught a season-long 40-yard pass for his first touchdown of the season against Purdue. That was his longest reception since his freshman season, when he caught a 46-yard pass at Northwestern in 2014. His longest punt return of the season was 45 yards against Oregon, and that set up a Nebraska touchdown. He scored three times on punt returns as a freshman.

Favorite part of football practice: “When we start red ball (two-minute drill) or when we start our different periods where we do different parts of the game, so we’ll go, like, first-and-10, red zone, second-and-long, whatever. Two-minute drill is kind of fun when we go against the No. 1 defense, so it’s kind of chippy.”

Least-favorite part of practice: “Probably warm-up, because you’re still transitioning from school into football and still getting warmed up. And especially with my knee, sometimes my knee doesn’t want to comply with the rest of my body, so it’s irritating for the most part.”

Highlight play in Husker career: “I made a couple of good plays that USC game (in 2014), obviously the punt returns, coming back after the knee injury and getting that slant and going 40 yards to the house (against Purdue), you can’t complain with that.”

Best thing to eat at the training table: “Pasta Thursdays. I haven’t missed a day yet.”

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If I were going to play another sport at Nebraska: “Probably basketball. That’s what I played growing up. Wrestling would be cool, too.”

Toughest Nebraska defensive back to go against: “Chris Jones or Joshua Kalu. They’re both patient, but they’re both very aggressive and put their own twist on things with the long arms. Sometimes it’s going to be a battle.”

If I could play a different position for one game: “Cornerback or safety. I played it in high school, and my coach thought I’d actually be a better defensive back in college then I would be a receiver.”

Three things most people don’t know about me:

1. I used to skateboard.

2. I don’t like chocolate-chip cookies.

3. I don’t like roller coasters.

— Brent C. Wagner


Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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