Data Scout Notes: 2011: OPOY/1stC/PDoak/PMaxwell...2010: 2ndC/PMaxwell/PM2nd
Isaiah Pead/Cincinnati football Videos
*Automated search based on player first/last name, college team name, football, 3 loading panels, click video to view in full size on this page, watch or fast forward one full video, or open player with red arrow to choose more cuts at the bottom of the big video screen. Click "I'm done watching this" blue link at the top of video to close screen. If available/HQ changes video quality.
After destroying two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin's 35-year old high school record by rushing for 2,204 yards (Griffin had 1,787) and 39 touchdowns as a senior at Eastmoor Academy in Columbus, Ohio, Pead's abilities were hardly a secret as he entered college.
Using exceptional bursts of straightaway speed, he kept right on running in at Cincinnati, where he started 26 of his 44 games, carried 545 times for 3,288 yards (6.03 per carry) and 27 touchdowns and caught 87 passes for 721 yards. If that wasn't enough to convince scouts, he put on a show of footwork at the Senior Bowl, including punt returns of 60 and 38 yards.
At the scouting combine he validated his athleticism with a 40-yard time of 4.47 seconds and a vertical jump of 33 inches. Toughness is not is forte as Pead prefers to elude rather than hit, but can run through arm tackles. His versatility as runner, receiver returner should be considered.
Inside: North-south runner with quick feet to feel his way through creases. Makes small, quick cuts through creases and side-steps defenders in or past the hole to find room to get into his stride. Does not run over defenders often, but keeps legs moving near the goal line to make his way in. Holds the ball low at times, but has generally good ball security (no fumbles in 2009, two in 2010). Does not always show a burst in the box, anticipates contact. Quick draws make him run with shoulders not square to the line.
Outside: Excellent straight-line speed makes him a legitimate breakaway threat anytime he finds open field. Lowers his pads to create contact at the second level when seeing defenders coming straight-on. Usually switches the ball to his outside hand when cutting to his left side. Inconsistent power in his cuts, stops on a dime at times to allow defenders to run him by but will round on stretch plays or take a couple of steps to change directions.
Breaking tackles: Flashes the ability to keep his balance through arm tackles inside and run through high tackle attempts. Spins off tackles to free himself or at least extend for two extra yards. Good one-on-one stiff-arm and swipes away oncoming defenders with his off-arm. Gets tripped up too easily on first contact at times.
Blocking: Gives effort as a pass protector, could stay on the field on third downs in the NFL. Punches and extends when helping tackles double on the edge. Stands up against defenders attacking the pocket, usually effective cutting them down, and lays out to reach those coming from other side of formation. Lacks great strength, will be ripped off, but tries to get back into the play.
Receiving: Flashes quick feet and shimmy to leave linebackers in the dust as a route-runner. Threat to cut to either side or run down the seam when leaving the backfield. Fair hands, grabs screen passes in traffic and can extend to snare wide throws. Secures catch before trying to move upfield.
Intangibles: Plays with a chip on his shoulder. Limited by left knee injury for parts of two games early in 2010, rallied his teammates on the sidelines. Ohio 400 meter champion as a senior in high school.
Pead leaves Cincinnati ranked third on the school's all-time list with 3,288 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns. He's in the top ten in several other rushing categories including attempts (545, 6th), 100-yard games (11, 6th), 200-yard games (1, T-3rd) and rushing average (6.03 ypc-4th). He also ranks tied for second with 33 total touchdowns and tied for seventh for total points with 198.
Pead claimed Offensive Player of the Year honors and was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection in 2011 after leading the conference with 1,259 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 96.85 yards per contest, which ranked 27th best in the nation this season and added 319 receiving yards and three more scores for a total of 15 on the year. He capped off the year with an MVP performance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, going for 149 yards and a touchdown in the Bearcats' win over Vanderbilt.
Second-team All-Big East … Pead rushed for 1,029 yards and six touchdowns on 157 attempts, despite missing almost two full games due to injury. He ranked third in the league in rushing, but led the conference for the second-straight year with his 6.6 yards per carry average. That average ranks him in the top-10 of all running backs nationally.
Saw action in all 13 games, making three starts ... his 6.7 yards per carry average led all BIG EAST Conference players ... gained 806 yards on 121 carries with nine touchdowns ... posted four games of 75 yards rushing or more ... reached double-digit carries six times ... also added 20 receptions for 201 yards and two touchdowns ... opened up the season with eight carries for 47 yards and a touchdown at Rutgers ... also had a pair of catches for 52 yards and a score ... carried the ball 11 times for 45 yards against Southeast Missouri State ... tallied 46 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown at Oregon State ... also tied a season high with three receptions for 39 yards ... finished with four carries for 27 yards and a touchdown against Fresno State ... tied a season best with three catches for 40 yards at Miami (OH) ... also carried the ball five times for 60 yards ... had 12 carries for 55 yards at USF along with three catches for 30 yards ... gained 88 yards on six carries and scored a pair of touchdowns against Louisville ... also tallied a season and career long 67-yard run vs. the Cardinals ... also added two receptions for 14 yards and a touchdown ... carried 16 times for 77 yards at Syracuse ... scored two touchdowns, including the game winner in the fourth quarter, and had 67 yards on 10 carries against Connecticut ... tallied season and career highs with 18 carries for 175 yards against West Virginia ... also scored a rushing TD and added a pair of catches for 13 yards ... limited to four carries and one reception against Illinois ... finished with nine carries for 76 yards and a touchdown at Pittsburgh ... carried the ball seven times for 48 yards at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
True freshman played in seven games ... finished the regular season with third most rushing yards on the team (194) ... played against Eastern Kentucky, finishing with a 2-yard carry ... had 11 carries for 59 yards at Marshall ... against Syracuse, had a 13-yard carry in the second quarter, finishing the game with 57 yards on eight carries ... had a season-long carry (38 yards) in the second quarter and gained a season and career-high in rushing yards before halftime (70 yards at the half) at Hawai'i ... made his first career kick return, for 21-yards, and finished the game with eight carries and 74 rushing yards vs. the Warriors.
Four-year letterwinner at running back and defensive back ... earned the Ohio Division III Player of the Year award after rushing for 2,204 yards (11.5 yards per carry) and scored 39 touchdowns as a senior ... collected six interceptions and 35 tackles for the Warriors' defense ... rushed for 1,696 yards (10.7 yards per carry) and 24 touchdowns, and also caught 10 passes for 250 yards, including two scores on his way to being named Ohio's Division IV Player of the Year in 2006 ... concluded his prep career with 4,443 rushing yards and 63 touchdowns ... Eastmoor Academy's all-time rushing leader, surpassing two-time Heisman Trophy Winner Archie Griffin ... 2007 Ohio Division II State 400-meter dash champion (48.16 seconds) ... coached by John Miranda.
Full name: Isaiah D'Vaughn Pead. Born Dec. 14, 1989 … son of DeJuan Taylor and Leshawna Pead.
Draft Scout Player News
06/20/14 - RB Isaiah Pead has been almost a forgotten man since being drafted by the Rams in the second round of the 2012 draft.
In that rookie season, he was beaten out by Daryl Richardson, who got most of the carries when Steven Jackson was injured or needed a breather. Last year, with Jackson gone to Atlanta, Richardson opened the season as the starter, but when he suffered a toe injury, it was Zac Stacy that took over the No. 1 role.
Pead missed the first game of the season under league suspension, and then had virtually no role in the offense, as Benny Cunningham became the backup to Stacy. That's when Pead got tired of standing around and about halfway through the season approached special teams coordinator John Fassel about contributing on special teams.
"My mindset was simply wanting to get on the field," Pead said after this year's OTAs wrapped up Thursday. "I had no role. I was just standing on the sideline doing nothing. I'm a football player. I take it to heart when I have a role."
Not only did Pead begin playing on special teams, but he embraced the opportunity.
When asked about Pead, Fassel said, "I'm really glad you asked me that. When you think about him a lot and his development last year, how he really committed to special teams. Not only was he a contributor, he was a high-impact guy for us. I think a lot of people are going to see a lot of growth out of that guy, not only on teams, and I can't speak for offense, but I just imagine with his maturity, his work ethic, his ability I would imagine he's going to have a fantastic preseason and really been a good guy. I could speak on him a lot on how proud I am of him and his work ethic and his contributions last year, especially on special teams."
Even with the selection of running back Tre Mason in this year's draft, Pead has been getting a chance on offense in OTAs. He has been solid in pass protection, and had a big play on a long pass reception in the Tuesday OTA this week.
11/04/13 - RB Isaiah Pead was active for Sunday's game against the Titans, but did not play.
10/29/13 - RB Isaiah Pead has played in only three of the Rams' first eight games. A second-round pick in 2012, Pead was on the suspended list for the season opener and has been inactive for two games including Monday night against Seattle. In the two games prior to Monday, Pead was active, but did not play.
10/22/13 - RB Isaiah Pead had his second consecutive game where he was active, but did not play any snaps.
10/14/13 - RB Isaiah Pead dressed for the game against the Texans, but did not play.
Note: External news links will open in a new browser window. Draft Scout provides this information as extra research on the above player and cannot guarantee links will always work due to newspapers changing publishing links and stories at any time. We will not post any external links that make you to sign up for membership at posting, unless that outlet changes it's service over time, all should be clean, direct news links.