2018 NFL Draft

Isaiah Pead, RB

School: Cincinnati  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Columbus, OH
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 197 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 2/50 - Isaiah Pead, RB, 5-10, 193, Cincinnati...The Rams finally made a commitment to address a complement to Steven Jackson, who will be 29 in July. Pead is viewed as a change-of-pace option behind Jackson and he is expected to contribute as a receiver. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati -- Pead stood out at the Senior Bowl, too, with the light feet and short-area explosiveness to be a third-down back and kickoff returner for the Rams.

04/23/2012 - Pead might have been a borderline NFL prospect a year ago, but his improved commitment and versatility have made him attractive. After his freshman year, he stopped returning kicks, until he pleaded with Jones to let him do so late last season. "When we put him back there as a punt returner, I bet we had 50 players coming to me wanting to be on that punt-return team," Jones said. "That's how much they believed in Isaiah. Where he's progressed in two years has been monumental." But Pead won't be satisfied just to make the NFL. "I have a motor about me in my heart and my mind," he said. "I want to continue to be the best. It doesn't stop here. I want to be mentioned as one of the best running backs or players to have played the game." That's pretty lofty talk, but Pead has learned how hard he has to work to have a chance for NFL glory. "At the Liberty Bowl, we were on our way to go to practice," Jones said. "I get on the bus, and he was the first one on the bus. I said, ???Pead, look how far you've come.' "That's why I'm excited about him, because he's a young man that deserves everything he gets." - Bill Rabinowitz, The Columbus Dispatch

04/03/2012 - Running back Isaiah Pead of the University of Cincinnati is visiting the Steelers today, the latest prospect of 30 permitted to do so before the draft. Pead was named the MVP of the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this year. In four years with the Bearcats, he rushed for 3,288 yards on 545 carries. He is listed at 5-11, 200 pounds. - Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

03/04/2012 - Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead elected not to run the 40-yard dash again at Cincinnati's Pro Day Friday due to the fact that he'd already clocked an impressive time a week previous at the 2012 Scouting Combine but that didn't stop him from helping his cause, according to a source on hand for the workout. Cincinnati, like an increasing number of universities, offered a handy synopsis of the Pro Day workout on their official athletic website. According to their report, 28 of the 32 NFL teams attended the workout, which was run largely by the hometown Bengals' head coaches. Head coach Marvin Lewis was not in attendance but several assistant coaches were present, as was the team's director of player personnel, Duke Tobin. Among the other teams in attendance, I've been able to confirm that the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Arizona Cardinals, and Detroit Lions were among the teams represented. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/29/2012 - One tailback who seemed to grow on scouts was Isaiah Pead of Cincinnati, who followed up a very good Senior Bowl week by performing well in most facets of the combine workouts. Pead was a little stouter than many scouts expected who hadn't seen him up close but felt he would be at 5-10, 197, but still ran under 4.41, and looked pretty smooth and fluid in the drills, including a 6.95-second three-cone drill. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/29/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL STANDOUTS: Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati: The game's MVP was easily the most explosive running back in this. He demonstrated his unique straight-line speed and agility by accelerating through holes and making defenders miss as a running back and punt returner. Despite taking on return duties late in his senior season, Pead showed good vision and courage in attacking seams as he averaged 49 yards on the two opportunities. He demonstrated not only athleticism, but also the willingness to cut back inside against the grain and finish his runs. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/28/2012 - Michigan State's Kirk Cousins and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson threw touchdown passes to lead the North to a 23-13 victory over the South in the Senior Bowl on Saturday. Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs put it away with his third short field goal, a 28-yarder with 4:11 left in the showcase for senior NFL prospects. Boise State's Kellen Moore led that clinching 13-play drive that consumed 8:36 with the help of a running clock. It snuffed out a spark provided by South quarterback Nick Foles of Arizona, who started his career with Cousins at Michigan State. Foles had gotten the South into the end zone by firing a 20-yard touchdown pass to Arizona teammate Juron Criner with 12:55 left in the game. It was an up-and-down day for a crew of quarterbacks with sparkling college credentials, with a combined five interceptions. - AP Sports

01/23/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL MONDAY: Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead got an opportunity to field punts late in Monday's practice, showing the concentration to catch the ball in traffic as well as the burst, elusiveness and vision you'd expect from the all-conference running back. Pead was rarely used in this capacity while with the Bearcats but turned some heads with his few opportunities Monday. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/02/2012 - Cincinnati coach Butch Jones rang the bell on the Liberty Bowl trophy, eager to get the Bearcats' party started. And he knew just the place to celebrate in Memphis. "We officially get to ring in the new year on Beale Street," Jones yelled. Isaiah Pead ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Ralph David Abernathy IV's 90-yard kickoff return early in the fourth quarter put Cincinnati ahead to stay as the Bearcats edged Vanderbilt 31-24 on Saturday in the Liberty Bowl. The Bearcats (10-3) capped the season with their third straight victory by snapping a two-game skid in bowl games. It was their first bowl win since downing Southern Miss in the 2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl. They also notched their fourth 10-win season in the last five years, bouncing back from 4-8 in 2010 during Jones' first season. "A 10-win season is very hard to do in college football," Jones said. But the co-Big East Conference champs had to work to put away Vanderbilt (6-7), a team that tied for fourth in the Southeastern Conference's East Division, despite forcing three turnovers and coming up with two sacks. The Commodores led 21-17 when Abernathy became the first Cincinnati player to return a kickoff for a TD in the program's 13 bowl appearances. Abernathy is the grandson of the civil rights leader who was in Memphis with Martin Luther King when he was assassinated in 1968 at the Lorraine Motel, a few miles away from the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward called the return a dagger, and Jones called it very fitting for the Abernathy family. - AP Sports

12/31/2011 - Scouting the Cincinnati running game: Isaiah Pead is the engine that drives the offense, particularly with quarterback Zach Collaros out due an ankle injury. Pead rushed for 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season, becoming the first Cincinnati player to do so since 1986. He is consistently a big-play threat with touchdown runs of 65, 50 and 40 yards.

12/31/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Isaiah Pead is the Bearcats' big-play threat. Pead has rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the second straight year (1,110). He has touchdown runs of 65, 50 and 40 yards and averages better than 5 yards per carry. With the pass offense stymied by the loss of starting QB Zach Collaros, Pead has become the focal point of Cincinnati's offense. He is developing as a pass catcher and was successful returning punts in limited opportunities. - The Sports Xchange

12/19/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati, Sr., has been selected All-BIG EAST Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as chosen by the league's eight head coaches. Pead was one of three 1,000-yard rushers in the BIG EAST, tallying 1,110 yards along with a league high 14 touchdowns. Pead is the first UC back in 25 yards to have 1,000-yards rushing in back-to-back seasons. He also became just the third UC RB all time to eclipse 3,000 career rushing yards. - Cincinnati football

12/09/2011 - 2011 BIG EAST CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati (Sr., Columbus, Ohio) becomes the first Cincinnati player to be named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and the fourth consecutive running back to earn the honor. Pead led the BIG EAST with 11 rushing touchdowns and was second in the conference in rushing, averaging 92.5 yards per game. He enters the postseason with 1,110 rushing yards and ranks second in the BIG EAST in scoring - first among non-kickers - with 84 points. Pead, who was unanimously chosen to the All-BIG EAST First Team, also had 36 receptions for 304 yards and three touchdowns. He ranked second in the BIG EAST in all-purpose yards, averaging 124.1 yards per game. - BIG EAST football

11/26/2011 - Munchie Legaux threw for two touchdowns, one a short toss that Isaiah Pead turned into a backbreaking 69-yard score in the fourth quarter, and Tony Miliano kicked three field goals as Cincinnati beat Syracuse 30-13 on Saturday to remain in the running for the Big East title. When play began Saturday, four teams remained in the hunt for the Big East's automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series and the Bearcats (8-3, 4-2 Big East) were one of them. They could clinch a share of the title by winning their final game at home next week against Connecticut, but they also needed losses by West Virginia and Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights obliged, losing at UConn on Saturday. A loss next week by Cincinnati would give Louisville, 5-2 in the Big East, the title. If there's a tie, the team with the highest BCS ranking would get the conference's automatic BCS bid. It was the fourth straight loss for Syracuse (5-6, 1-5 Big East), which needs to win at Pittsburgh next week to become eligible for the postseason. - AP Sports

11/05/2011 - Zach Collaros threw for 214 yards and ran for two touchdowns as No. 23 Cincinnati took firm control of the Big East race with a 26-23 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Isaiah Pead rushed for 118 yards and Tony Miliano kicked four field goals for the Bearcats (7-1, 3-0 Big East), who won their sixth straight and took a significant step toward winning the program's third conference title in four years. Pitt (4-5, 2-2) led by 10 early in the third quarter but a pair of turnovers deep in its own territory allowed Cincinnati to get back in the game. Tino Sunseri ran for a touchdown and passed for another but Kevin Harper's 50-yard field goal attempt with 14 seconds left was wide right. The Bearcats appeared to be in serious trouble after the Panthers took a 23-13 lead midway early in the third quarter on Tino Sunseri's 4-yard toss to tight end Hubie Graham. Yet Cincinnati rallied doing what it's done all season: Forcing opponents into careless turnovers and turning them into points. - AP Sports

10/17/2011 - WEEK 7 BIG EAST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Isaiah Pead, Jr., RB, Cincinnati: Pead was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in a 25-16 win against Louisville in the Bearcats' BIG EAST opener. Pead keyed Cincinnati's comeback from a 16-7 halftime deficit by breaking free for a 50-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave the Bearcats the lead for good. Pead has rushed for 624 yards and eight touchdowns this season and ranks second in the BIG EAST in rushing at 104.0 yards per game. - BIG EAST football

10/15/2011 - Isaiah Pead made two quick cutbacks and ran 50 yard for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter Saturday, rallying Cincinnati to a 25-16 victory over Louisville in the Big East opener for both teams. Cincinnati (5-1) got its first victory in three games at the stadium of the NFL's Bengals. The Bearcats overcame four fumbles, which they all recovered, and a costly interception thrown by Zach Collaros. Mike Evans returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown to give Cincinnati a 16-7 lead with 6 seconds left in the half. Collaros ran 1 yard for a touchdown on a fourth-and-goal, and Pead scored for the sixth straight game, sending Louisville (2-4) to its third straight loss. Pead had 151 yards on 20 carries against the Big East's top defense. Louisville's offense struggled again, managing only three field goals despite trying two quarterbacks. The game drew 40,971 fans - 171 fewer than the Bengals had for their last home game. - AP Sports

10/01/2011 - Isaiah Pead ran for a pair of touchdowns Saturday, and Cincinnati's dominating defense opened the second half with a goal-line stand that set up a 27-0 victory over Miami of Ohio. Cincinnati (4-1) has won the last six games in the nation's oldest nonconference rivalry, played 116 times since 1888. The Bearcats' defense made this one a reference point -- Cincinnati's first shutout in Oxford since a 22-0 victory in 1898. Miami (0-4) couldn't budge the Bearcats' defensive line, which put Cincinnati in control with the goal-line stand. The Bearcats then pulled away with three touchdowns in the third quarter, including Pead's pair of scoring runs. The Bearcats overcame a season-high four turnovers, including Zach Collaros' two end-zone interceptions and his fumble at the Miami 12-yard line. Collaros was 16 of 30 for 251 yards and scrambled 15 times for 89 yards against a defense that emphasized pass coverage. - AP Sports

09/26/2011 - BIG EAST WEEK 4 HONOR ROLL: Isaiah Pead, Sr., RB, Cincinnati: Rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries and had three receptions for 24 yards and a TD in a 44-14 win against North Carolina State. - BIG EAST football

09/22/2011 - Cincinnati's starting offense has played barely one half in two of three games this season. In the other contest the Bearcats were playing catch-up for much of the second half in a loss at Tennessee. Head coach Butch Jones says the offense is still looking to establish its identity. No better time to find itself than Thursday night before a national television audience and a quality opponent in North Carolina State. "So much on offense is continuity and getting in a rhythm," Jones said. "They've played really one full game and a couple quarters. But our players have great confidence in what we're doing." Heading into this season UC knew it needed to run the ball effectively to be successful. A consistent rushing attack takes pressure off senior quarterback Zach Collaros and keeps the Bearcats much-maligned defense off the field. Enter Isaiah Pead, who quickly has emerged as one of the nation's most explosive backs. "We've had great balance in the first three games," Jones said. "We've invested a lot of time, effort and energy into our run game. - The Sports Xchange

09/22/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: North Carolina State at Cincinnati, Sept. 22 - The Wolfpack beat UC 30-19 before a raucous crowd last year in Raleigh. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Bearcats defense must continue its opportunistic ways and find a way to create some turnovers. Wolfpack junior QB Mike Glennon is similar in many ways to Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray who shredded UC's defense two weeks ago. In a close game, special teams could turn the tide. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior RB Isaiah Pead gets a chance to perform on the national stage. Pead is averaging 9.5 yards per carry with TD runs of 65 and 40 yards. - The Sports Xchange

09/22/2011 - We want to get the ball into No. 23's hands as much as possible. In today's age of football you have to be able to establish the run." Pead, in barely one full game, has rushed for 257 yards and 4 touchdowns including TD runs of 65 and 40 yards. He's averaging 9.5 yards per carry, tops in the Big East. Pead's explosiveness hasn't convinced the Bearcats to ditch their pass-happy spread attack entirely. Also in limited duty Collaros has thrown for 521 yards and 7 TDs without an interception. Wide receivers D.J. Woods, Anthony McClung and rising star Kenbrell Thompkins have combined for 35 catches and five touchdowns. Thursday night at Nippert Stadium the Bearcats offense is hoping for its coming out party against an injury-riddled Wolfpack defense which has recorded 11 sacks. "We're going to be challenged with the speed of the game," Jones said. "Their defense dictates the tempo of the game. They have great depth." - The Sports Xchange

09/22/2011 - The Cincinnati Bearcats host the North Carolina State Wolfpack tonight (8 pm ET) in an interesting Big East/ACC showdown. There are a number of pro prospects worth watching in this game, but the two prospects scouts will be paying the most attention to will actually be squaring off one on one on many occasions, making the matchup all the more intriguing. The hosting Bearcats boast one of the top -- if relatively anonymous -- running backs in the country in senior Isaiah Pead. Pead, a 5-10, 200 pound speedster led the Big East in rushing last season (1,029 yards) despite missing two games with a bruised knee. Don't think he's just a back capable of chewing up yards against "weak" competition. The Tennessee Volunteers found out just how explosive Pead is just a few weeks ago when he ran for 155 yards and a touchdown against them. Pead only rushed the ball 14 times, meaning he averaged 11.1 yards per attempt on the road against a quality SEC defense. Pead currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 senior running back prospect and our No. 9 running back potentially available for the 2012 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/12/2011 - BIG EAST WEEK 2 HONOR ROLL: Isaiah Pead, Sr., RB, Cincinnati, rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, averaging 11.1 yards per attempt, in a 45-23 loss at Tennessee. - BIG EAST football

09/09/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Cincinnati at Tennessee, Sept. 3 - The Bearcats have not beaten Tennessee since 1904. UC has never beaten a Southeastern Conference team on the road. KEYS TO THE GAME: Turnovers could decide the outcome. Tennessee fumbled six times in last week's win over Montana but they recovered all six. The Bearcats had three fumble recoveries and two interceptions in a victory over Austin Peay. Cincinnati must win the turnover margin to hang with the Vols on the road. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Isaiah Pead - The senior rushed for 87 yards and had TD runs of 40 and 13 yards last week. Pead did not play in the second half and should be well rested for the Volunteers. - The Sports Xchange

08/11/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: RB Isaiah Pead - Sounds odd to categorize the Big East Conference's leading returning rusher as a "breakout" star. But despite his 1,029 yards and 6 TDs, Pead enters his final season in a Bearcats uniform with greater aspirations. Pead waited his turn behind some talented runners before becoming a full-time starter. Last year he missed two games due to injury and still led the Big East with 6.6 yards per carry. If Pead can achieve similar results over a full season it will take some pressure off Zach Collaros. - The Sports Xchange

07/19/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Isaiah Pead (Sr.), Cincinnati, has been named one of 52 running backs selected to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. Pead was a Second Team All-BIG EAST Conference honoree in 2010 after rushing 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 league 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. - Cincinnati football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati, RB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. Pead was a Second Team all-BIG EAST honoree in 2010 after rushing 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. - Cincinnati football

06/09/2011 - STARS OF 2011: RB Isaiah Pead rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season despite missing two games with a knee injury. He's poised for a huge senior season. - The Sports Xchange