Cincinnati 125 for 125 | #5 Isaiah Pead

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Running Back | Letters 2008-11

For years I hate watched the Rich Rodriguez era Mountaineers. Not for Pat White but for Steve Slaton and Noel Devine. Because I wanted a running back like that. A guy who was capible of turning little mistakes by a defense into 70 yard touchdowns in the drop of a hat.

Little did I know that the Bearcats had one in the pipe, though he was supremely under utilized by Brian Kelly. Butch Jones didn't make that mistake and he decided to roll the dice with making Isaiah Pead the offense starting in 2010. But it really payed off last year with a monster season.

But it wasn't just the numbers, though they were impressive, it was that Pead developed the knack for big plays. When a play was need, when points were of the essence, when everyone knew he was getting the ball and still he produced. That's what took Pead from being one of the best running backs in program history to the best running back in UC history.


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