Football Sends Three To NFL Combine
RB Isaiah Pead

Feb. 22, 2012

CINCINNATI - Three former University of Cincinnati football student-athletes, John Hughes, Isaiah Pead and Derek Wolfe, will take part in the NFL Combine from Feb. 22-28 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

Pead (RB 20) is in group 6 (Thursday-Sunday) while Wolfe (DL 58) and Hughes (DL 20) are in group 7 and 8 (Friday-Monday).

The combine is the annual job fair for prospective new NFL players. For four days, players are put through a series of drills, tests, and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel, including head coaches, general managers, and scouts.

All players will go through the same four-day rotation during the Combine, simply starting it on different days this week. Here's what the schedule looks like:

  • Day 1: Travel, registration, pre-exam and X-ray, orientation, interviews
  • Day 2: Measurements, exams, media, psych tests, interviews
  • Day 3: NFLPA meeting, psych tests, interviews
  • Day 4: Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), departure

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Hughes closed out the season with 51 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, a pair of quarterback hurries and a blocked kick. He played some of his best football during UC's championship and Liberty Bowl run, tallying 27 tackles and four sacks over the last five games of the season. The Bearcats were one of the most improved defenses in the nation in 2010, leading the NCAA FBS in tackles for a loss (8.62), ranking second in sacks (3.46), sixth in rushing defense (96.23) and 20th in scoring defense (20.31).

Pead was the MVP of the 2012 Senior Bowl, adding to his list of accolades which include: 2011 BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-BIG EAST running back and 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl MVP. He led the BIG EAST Conference with 1,259 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.



Wolfe was the BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a First-Team All-BIG EAST selection at defensive tackle. He was also named to five All-America teams. He led the BIG EAST and ranked fifth in the NCAA FBS, averaging 1.65 tackles for a loss per game. He was third in the league averaging nearly a sack per contest. He finished with 21.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks.


UC opens spring practice on March 1, 2012 inside the Sheakley Athletics Center. Bearcat Bowl VI, an open practice for UC fans and supporters, will take place on Saturday, April 14 inside Nippert Stadium.


40-yard dash

The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

Bench press

The bench press is a test of strength -- 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts are also looking for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.

Vertical jump

The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.

Broad jump

The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete's lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.

3 cone drill

The 3 cone drill tests an athlete's ability to change directions at a high speed. Three cones in an L-shape. He starts from the starting line, goes 5 yards to the first cone and back. Then, he turns, runs around the second cone, runs a weave around the third cone, which is the high point of the L, changes directions, comes back around that second cone and finishes.

Shuttle run

The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. What it tests is the athlete's lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodse out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and he turns 5 more yards and finishes.