Position: Running Back
Size: 6-2, 230
Recruitment: Shead was on of the most prolific running backs this state has ever seen. He finished his career at Cayuga as Texas' all-time leader in touchdowns (141) and second in rushing yards (10,291). Shead was a PARADE All-American and was named to the All-State team three times. Shead committed to Texas over offers from Texas A&M, TCU and Baylor. After things didn't work in Austin, he landed at Navarro JC, where he was recruited by SMU offensive line coach Wes Suan, who ultimately landed the talented ball carrier.
2012 Review: Shead spent last season at Navarro JC, where he really opened some eyes. In his lone season there, he rushed for 1,194 yards and 17 touchdowns and helped lead the team to the Heart of Texas Bowl. Shead was named an honorable mention All-American after his stellar sophomore campaign.
2013 Outlook: Shead comes to SMU with high expectations but everything indicates he can meet them. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder is a complete back with good speed and tremendous power. During SMU's spring practices, Shead really shined and was clearly one of, if not, the best offensive player on the field.
Zach Line was an absolute work horse throughout his time on the field and finished second only to Eric Dickerson in nearly every majority statistical category so Shead obviously has some big shoes to fill. But it's not far fetched to say he'll have even better numbers than Line did.
After all, Shead is a more athletic and dynamic back. That's certainly not a knock on Line but rather just how highly those around the program think of Shead. In a recent interview, June Jones even said that Shead was one of the most talented backs he's ever had.
Jones is known for his clichés and coach speak but in this case, he's absolutely right. Shead should have a monster year as he reunites with former teammate Garrett Gilbert and help the Mustangs put plenty of points on the scoreboard.
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