NDSU loses starting defensive end Tony Pierce to the transfer portal
Tony Pierce becomes 11th Bison to enter name into transfer portal since start of 2022 season.
FARGO — Just hours after attending NDSU's spring football practice this morning, Bison defensive end Tony Pierce is entering his name into the transfer portal.
"First and foremost, I am extremely blessed and thankful to be a part of such a tremendous program," Pierce said on his perosnal Twitter account. "With that being said, after long talks with my family and prayers to God, I will be entering my name into the transfer portal as a graduate student."
Pierce started in 13 games in 2022 where he recorded 22 tackles, two tackles for loss and 1 1/2 quarterback sacks.
Tony Pierce enters transfer portal
During his five years at NDSU, Pierce accounted for 99 tackles including 14 and half tackles for loss, eight sacks, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery.
"He graduated, did his time as a Bison and is ready to move on," said NDSU head coach Matt Entz.
"My love for Tony Pierce doesn't change," Entz said. "Of course I'm upset with the decision, but he needs to do what's best for him. We're not immune to it, Georgia's not immune to it, everyone's effected by the transfer portal."
Pierce's departure doesn't mean the Bison are empty handed at defensive end. They return seniors Jake Kava and Dylan Hendricks, junior Loshiaka Roques and sophomore Kole Menz. Hunter Zenzen, a junior transfer from Iowa State, is expected to be part of the mix as well as redshirt freshmen Kelton McCaslin and Toby Anene.
Pierce is the 11th Bison to enter his name into the transfer portal since the 2022 football season began in September.