Share This Page

Versatile senior signs with IUP

| Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, 11:48 p.m.

In back-to-back years, Elizabeth Forward coach Mike LeDonne had no choice but to yank Rex Pearce from the offensive side of the football because of injuries.

So what did Pearce do?

Well, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder became an all-conference linebacker two years in a row and led the Warriors with 92 tackles during a senior year in which Elizabeth Forward made the playoffs for the first time since 2005, and he did it all on a bad ankle.

But it was his near 600 yards rushing during the first five weeks of his senior season that impressed Division II Indiana (Pa.) the most.

Pearce signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday with the defending PSAC champs, and even though IUP lists his positions as fullback and linebacker, the Hawks are eyeing him on offense.

“He had a great season on both sides of the ball,” LeDonne said. “It's a shame that we weren't able to use him on offense all year or there is no doubt he would've gained 1,000 yards.”

Instead, Pearce totaled 593 yards and eight touchdowns before hurting his ankle in a loss to West Mifflin.

“IUP really like him on offense — like H-back, tight end, fullback,” LeDonne said. “Most of his recognition has been on the defensive side of the ball but he showed that he is a good running back as well.”

Pearce had plenty of interest from schools such as Duquesne, Bucknell, Robert Morris and a handful of Ivy League teams.

“Rex isn't the most vocal young man, but he leads by example,” LeDonne said. “Rex was a true leader of the team this year and a captain of defense. He was the personality of this team last year.”

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at mkaboly@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.