Brown has been so good at developing players that the Bearcats have had a different leading receiver each year. In 2019, Cincinnati finished 11-3 and Pierce finished second on the team with 37 receptions for 652 yards and two touchdowns. In 2020, the Cincinnati offense was impressive, ranking 19th in total offense, 18th in team passing efficiency and 15th in scoring offense, as Michael Young (29 catches) led three different receivers over 27 catches in the COVID-shorted season that ended at the Peach Bowl.
In 2021, Pierce emerged as one of the nation’s top receivers, catching 52 passes for 884 yards and eight touchdowns. He was selected in the second-round by the Colts. He briefly moved to LB before Brown became WRs coach.
Also in 2021, Brown’s receivers helped an offense that broke the school records for touchdowns (70) and points scored (516). UC ranked second in the AAC and No. 11 nationally in scoring (36.9) and also led the conference and ranked No. 9 overall in yards per play (6.7). UC won its second straight AAC Championship and advanced to the Cotton Bowl.