Jan. 19, 2012
University of Cincinnati senior running back Isaiah Pead has accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 Senior Bowl, set for Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. inside Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Pead, the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Year and AutoZone Liberty Bowl Most Valuable Player, will suit up for the North squad, coached by Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings staff.
Pead claimed Offensive Player of the Year honors and was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection in 2011 after leading the conference with 1,259 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 96.85 yards per contest, which ranked 27th best in the nation this season and added 319 receiving yards and three more scores for a total of 15 on the year. He capped off the year with an MVP performance in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, going for 149 yards and a touchdown in the Bearcats' win over Vanderbilt.
Pead leaves Cincinnati ranked third on the school's all-time list with 3,288 rushing yards and 27 rushing touchdowns. He's in the top ten in several other rushing categories including attempts (545, 6th), 100-yard games (11, 6th), 200-yard games (1, T-3rd) and rushing average (6.03 ypc-4th). He also ranks tied for second with 33 total touchdowns and tied for seventh for total points with 198.
Thirty one former UC players have participated in the Senior Bowl, most recently Mardy Gilyard, Tony Pike and Mike Windt in 2010. Gilyard was the Offensive Player of the Game in 2010 and former UC signal caller Jack Lee was the MVP of the 1960 Senior Bowl.
Tickets for the 2012 Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket office (151 Dauphin Street), all area Food For Less locations, select Regions Bank locations, online at www.seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109.
About the Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl is college football's premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation's best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2012 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl's website at www.seniorbowl.com.