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De'Mornay Pierson-El, 2014

As a freshman at Nebraska, Pierson-El put college football on notice as a return man. He freshman averaged 17.5 yards per punt return for a total of 596 yards and three touchdowns.

At least one former Nebraska player is getting an opportunity in the wake of the AAF folding. 

De'Mornay Pierson-El has signed with the Oakland Raiders, the team announced Monday afternoon. 

Pierson-El spent the AAF's first and only season playing for the Salt Lake City franchise, but will now get another shot in the NFL. 

Pierson-El had 623 receiving yards and five touchdowns as a senior at Nebraska in 2017 and finished his career with 100 catches. He was also a talented return man, racking up big numbers early in his career. 

The Alexandria, Virginia, native signed with his hometown Washington as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2018 NFL Draft, but was cut shortly thereafter. Then he signed on with the Montreal Alouettes but appeared in just one game. In the AAF, Pierson-El had 36 catches for 414 yards and a touchdown, making him the fourth-leading receiver in the league. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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