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.