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.
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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