Demarcus Ayers (born July 7, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Houston. He was drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round, 229th overall, of the 2016 NFL draft. Ayers was Houston’s starting kick returner in his freshman season and was named to the 2013 AAC First Team as a kick returner. He had 37 returns for 1,021 yards, breaking a Houston freshman record. In 2014, in his sophomore season, he had 33 receptions for 335 yards and two touchdowns at receiver. He also made 34 returns for 592 yards at kick returner. In 2015, in his junior season, Ayers led The American in receptions with 98 and ranked sixth in the nation in receptions. He totaled 1,222 receiving yards, 18th in the nation. He was named to The American first team at both wide receiver and kick returner. Ayers was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round, 229th overall, in the 2016 NFL Draft. On May 5, 2016, Ayers signed a four-year contract with the Steelers. On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Steelers as part of final roster cuts. The next day he was signed to the Steeler’s practice squad.