Temple running back Bernard Pierce will not return for his senior season and will declare for the NFL draft.
Pierce told The Associated Press his decision late Thursday night.
''I've done what I could do for the team. I broke every record at the school and I would go back to basically have a better season,'' Pierce said. ''I'm ready to start a new area in my life, and I have to take care of myself and my family.''
Helping to turn the Owls from one of the one worst programs in college football into a consistent bowl team, Pierce rushed for 3,570 yards over his three-year career with a school-record 52 touchdowns. He rushed for 100 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns in Temple's 37-15 New Mexico Bowl victory over Wyoming in December.
Pierce says he's leaving because he's accomplished all he wanted at Temple. He says he will train in Atlanta and intends to return to Temple to complete his degree.
He burst onto the scene as a freshman, rushing for 1,361 yards and 16 scores. Temp...