Michigan State 17, TCU 16
Fields Tabbed the National Defensive Freshman of the Year
Horned Frogs and Sooners to meet in Fort Worth for the first time since 1998
TCU 56, Grambling State 0
No. 17 Horned Frogs open the 2012 campaign Saturday at 6 p.m. versus Grambling State
2013: Started the opening seven games while playing in 11 of 12 contests ... had a season-best 1 1/2 tackles for loss at Oklahoma State ... it was part of a midseason stretch that saw him record a tackle for loss in four out of five games ... contributed to a sack among a season-best four stops against Kansas ... also had four tackles versus Baylor ... recorded a tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries at Oklahoma.
2012: Appeared in all 13 games, starting 11 of them ... had 36 tackles on the year, 14 of which are solo ... was a common sight in opposing backfields, racking up 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks ... also recovered a fumble and forced a fumble ... assisted on a tackle for loss in the season opener ... had a season-best five stops at Kansas, including half of a sack ... made two assisted tackles and had a fumble recovery against Virginia ... posted three tackles against SMU and Iowa State ... made two tackles at Baylor with half of a sack ... one of his three tackles against Texas Tech was a sack for a loss of five yards ... posted a tackle for loss among his two tackles at Oklahoma State ... had a half of a sack to go along with three tackles in the win at Texas ... saved his best game for last by recording nine tackles, a sack, another tackle for loss and a forced fumble against Michigan State.
2011: Redshirted in his first season at TCU.
High School: Rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in Oklahoma and the No. 24 overall player in the state ... a 2A All-State selection ... totaled 129 tackles, including 34 for loss, with 11 sacks and five fumble recoveries ... also had an interception ... chose TCU over Kansas State.
Personal: Mother is Keesha Pierson ... major is psychology.