Today’s Throwback Thursday moment that relates to what it happening today involves what Temple players were saying at the 2009 Fan Fest.
One of the Temple video guys asked a question to several of the veteran players, the “old heads” as the kids call them.
Five seniors were asked which freshman impressed them the most.
“I’d have to say Bernard (Pierce),” one of them said.
Then the interviewer would walk about 100 yards to the next guy (who did not hear what the first guy said), and he’d say:
“I’ve got to say Pierce,” he said.
And so it went.
Now fast forward to today and talk to the older players about some of the freshmen and they pretty much are saying the same thing about Zaire Williams that the players said about Bernard Pierce five years ago.
“I would say Zaire,” one of the guys told me.
“My son said Williams looks real good,” a parent wrote in an email.
That’s a good thing, not a bad thing.
While Kenny Harper appears to be a clear leader at tailback, there’s somebody coming on the outside railing who might have something to say about it and it’s Williams.
If Harper pushes Williams and Williams pushes Harper, that makes Temple a better team.
Pierce didn’t start the first game of his career against Villanova, but he showed enough flashes to get his chance in Game No. 2. He had 44 yards on six carries against Villanova.
The next game, Pierce was in the lineup to stay for three more years.