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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
08/21/14 - RB Isaiah Pead (torn ACL) was waived/injured by the Rams Wednesday (Aug. 20). He will be placed on reserve/injured if he clears waivers.
08/21/14 - RB Isaiah Pead (torn ACL) cleared waivers and was placed on reserve/injured by the Rams Thursday (Aug. 21)
08/17/14 - RB Isaiah Pead is lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL on a kickoff return in the first quarter after the Packers' first touchdown. Pead had open running room, but stepped badly while cutting and went down after a 33-yard return. He was playing despite having recent surgery for a broken finger on his right hand.
Said Fisher, "It's just kind of one of those non-contact, freak things that happens out there sometimes. He worked very, very hard to get in the position to where he was a very productive special teamer for us and we had high hopes for him doing some things out of the backfield for us as well. So he'll be undergoing surgery in the next 10 days to two weeks which, is typical with these injuries. So he's got a long road ahead of him but I'm confident that as he's matured over the last couple years that he'll get back in good shape next year."
08/16/14 - RB Isaiah Pead is likely lost for the season after an initial diagnosis that he suffered a torn ACL on a kickoff return in the first quarter Saturday after the Packers' first touchdown. Pead had open running room, but stepped badly while cutting and went down after a 33-yard return. He was playing despite having recent surgery for a broken finger on his right hand. Said Fisher, "After talking to our doctors, it's unlikely that he has not torn his ACL. It's just kind of one of those non-contact, freak things that happens out there sometimes."
07/30/14 - RB Isaiah Pead missed practice Tuesday with an undisclosed injury, but he was wearing a cast on his hand.
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