Isaiah ready to get his (Austin) Pead on

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Coming into his final season as a Bearcat, senior Isaiah Pead is coming off a 1,029 yard season where he scored six touchdowns.

Pead was also the team's third-leading receiver with 26 catches.

Since season's end, coach Butch Jones emphasized that Pead needed to become a "complete back".  As the team returned to Camp Higher Ground in Indiana to prepare for the 2011 opener with Austin Peay, it appears Pead has made those strides.

"He's really improved in his pass protection skills and has done a great job in handling the throw game," Jones said. "He's progressed exceptionally well. He's had a great training camp and worked extremely hard. He's been a great role model for our younger backs."

Two of those younger backs are incoming freshmen Jameel Poteat from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Akise Teague from Youngstown.  Both show tremendous promise.

"It's critical because you lead by example," Jones said of Pead's relationship with the youngsters. "Everyone has a great amount of respect for Isaiah on the field. He's been a mentor for these younger backs. He's been a model of consistency and practiced extremely hard."

For Pead's views on the season, the young backs and the opener, please view this:

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