November 8, 2014
Kansas running back Tony Pierson gets up the field past Iowa State defenders Kamari Cotton-Moya (5) and Nigel Tribune, back, during the first quarter on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.
East St. Louis, Illinois, consistently ranks at or near the top of national listings in unemployment, poverty and violent-crime rates. Nobody has to look for trouble there. It typically is more a matter of being lucky and wise enough to outrun it. Tony Pierson, fastest member of the Kansas University football program, has done it and is closing in on a degree. By Tom Keegan