Versatile defensive back ... spent last season as reserve at free safety ... shifted to "sniper" position this spring ... hampered by leg injury during spring drills ... could see playing time at both positions during final campaign ... strong in run support ... reacts swiftly to ball ... sound fundamentally ... enters preseason camp listed third on depth chart at both outside linebacker ("sniper") and free safety ... arrived at West Point as quarterback prospect.
2001: Appeared in one contest ... drew lone game showing against UAB ... registered one tackle in that outing.
2000: Saw action in just one contest ... received reserve field duty against arch-rival Navy in Black Knights' season finale ... did not figure statistically.
1999: Spent season with junior varsity.
High School: Garnered three varsity letters in both football and baseball at UMS-Wright Prep School in Mobile, Ala. ... played for head coach Terry Curtis in football ... saw action at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back on gridiron ... all-state selection ... academic all-state as well ... helped baseball squad to pair of state titles ... split time between left field and center field on diamond ... graduated as class valedictorian.
Personal: Born Nov. 19, 1980 ... given name is Martin Bailey Pierce ... parents' names are Bailey and Susan Pierce ... outstanding performer in classroom ... awarded "gold star" and "gold wreath" at Academy this winter ... in order to qualify for the star and wreath, a cadet must achieve the status of Distinguished Cadet and Superintendent's Individual Award winner ... the cadet must achieve a grade point average greater than 3.67 and excel in the academic, military and physical programs ... enjoys water skiing and fishing in spare time ... owned and managed personal lawn business for seven years ... retains approximately 30 clients ... majoring in Electrical Engineering.