There was plenty of hype surrounding Dameon Pierce following his fourth-round selection in the 2022 NFL draft.

The former Florida running back averaged 5.7 in his final season with the Gators,

but that stat was subject to debate. Was Pierce really that good,

or was Florida merely giving up on the run and it shadowed how pedestrian he was?

Pierce answered the question in the Houston Texans’ 17-13 win over the New Orleans Saints Aug.

13 at NRG Stadium, and earned a spot on the Touchdown Wire’s secret superstars list for the first week of preseason.

If you’ve read Touchdown Wire for a while, you probably know that 

we had Florida’s Dameon Pierce as the top running back in the 2022 draft class.

You had to look to find his best reps, as former head coach Dan Mullen had Pierce in a misbegotten committee situation,