Pead All Smiles In New Offense

When Isiah Pead committed to the University of Cincinnati two years ago Bearcats fans believed the team had just signed the type of running back that would give the high-flying offense some balance.

Despite having averaged 6.6 yards per carry over the past two seasons Pead has only been able to amass 1000 yards over that time in former head coach Brian Kelly's pass-first, and second, offense.

While it's hard to argue with the success Kelly had here, one has to wonder how many more yards Pead could have had. This year UC fans shouldn't have to wonder any more.

New head coach Butch Jones has brought with him a spread offense similar to Kelly's but with more of an emphasis on running the ball, and has told Pead exactly that.

"The challenge is going to be his (Pead's) durability. The more he can handle the more we'll give him the ball," Jones said.

Pead said there is an adjustment to be made with the new coaching staff, but since the offense isn't all that different form last season the biggest difference is the terminology.

"It's different terminology, different signals," Pead said. "The play might be the same that we used to run,but it has different signals and terminology so it's really just getting that out there."

Along with an offense that will run more, Pead should also benefit from senior Jacob Ramsey's graduation. Despite having the most carries and yards last season Pead only started three of 13 games with Ramsey getting the starting nod in 10.

In talking to Jones, Pead said that he will not only be expected to carry a bigger load on the field but also off it as well.

"He (Jones) said he needs me to step up, he wants me to be a leader, which I feel I lead by example, and he sees that and he likes that," Pead said.

When told he would get the ball more Pead said he just smiled, a notion that should make Bearcats fans smile as well.


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