UCLA - Pieper figures to compete with senior Ali Abdul Azziz for playing time at the outside linebacker position opposite Ryan Nece ... He was probably the most improved linebacker during Spring Practice ... Made improvement every day during the four-week session ... Has a desire to become a factor at the position ... A good all-around athlete who gained valuable experience a year ago.
1998 - Saw action as a reserve outside 'backer as a third-year sophomore ... Appeared on defense in each of the year's final 11 games ... Played double-figure snaps eight times, including 36 at Miami, 27 at Houston and 26 at Arizona ... Also played on several of the special team units, including field goal block and kickoff ... On the year, he made nine tackles, including one sack and a second stop for loss ... Made two tackles against both Arizona and Washington and recorded his sack at Houston.
1997 - Suffered a fractured right fibula and three broken bones in his foot/ankle area in a car accident in May and returned after the start of the season ... Played 14 defensive snaps at defensive end against Houston and also participated on some of the special teams units.
1996 - Did not appear in a game and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years at defensive end for coach Blane Gaison at Kamehameha high school in Honolulu ... Selected to BlueChips Illustrated West Region team as a senior in 1995 ... Named to the National Recruiting Advisor All-West team ... Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... Two-time team captain ... Named all-league and All-State ... Played in the BTC All-Star Classic and earned MVP honors ... Gridiron Greats All-American ... Compadre's Player of Excellence ... Totaled 336 tackles, 25 sacks, 86 tackles for loss, two touchdowns, eight fumble recoveries, one blocked field goal, three blocked punts and one interception in his career ... As a senior, his 127 tackles, 38 tackles for loss and 13 sacks led the team ... Also blocked two punts, one for a touchdown, and one field goal ... Credited with one interception and a team-best six fumble recoveries ... Also lettered three years in baseball for coach Vern Raime and posted career totals of 13 home runs and a .465 batting average as a third baseman, first baseman and outfielder.
PERSONAL - Full Name: William Charles Pieper, II ... Parents: William Pieper and Maryill Sugimoto ... Born: May 31, 1978 in Honolulu, HI ... Has one sister, Vanessa, and two brothers, Chris and Gabe ... Lists former Chicago Bear running back Walter Payton and 49er receiver Jerry Rice as the athletes he admires the most ... Enjoys surfing and reading in his spare time ... Lists being a pediatrician as his career goal ... Earned spot on Director's Honor Roll in Fall 1996 (3.10 grade-point average) ... Sociology major.