Indiana starting husky Noah Pierre announces return for final season

Indiana’s secondary got a second boost in as many days when defensive back Noah Pierre announced his return for a sixth season on New Year’s Eve.

Pierre started all 12 games at the husky position in 2022 and had 39 tackles including 25 solo.  He added three sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, three pass breakups and a quarterback hit.

According to PFF, Pierre was Indiana’s second highest graded pass rusher with more than 25 rushes, and he was respectable in coverage, but he did not achieve high marks as a run defender.

The versatile defensive back started six times in 2021 at cornerback.  During his career Pierre has played in 43 games with 18 starts.

Pierre has been with the program since 2018.  He was redshirted in 2018 and the 2020 season didn’t count against eligibility, leaving Pierre with a sixth season in 2023.  He graduated in 2022.

From Hialeah, Fla., Pierre came to IU from Champagnat Catholic School where he was first-team All-Dade county as a senior.

Pierre’s announcement follows safety Josh Sanguinetti, who said on Friday he was taking his name out of the transfer portal and staying with Indiana.

For a complete recap of Indiana’s roster activity since the end of the 2022 season, GO HERE:

IU football: 2022 postseason transfer portal tracker and other roster activity

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