April 27, 2012
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CINCINNATI - A pair of former University of Cincinnati student-athletes, defensive tackle Derek Wolfe (Lisbon, Ohio/Beaver Local) and running back Isaiah Pead (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy), were selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft Friday.
Wolfe (highlights) was chosen by the Denver Broncos with the fourth pick of the second round, the 36th selection overall and Pead (highlights) was taken by the St. Louis Rams with the 18th selection in the second round, the 50th overall pick.
View video of Broncos GM John Elway and Head Coach John Fox welcoming Wolfe HERE (courtesy DenverBroncos.com).
Wolfe is UC's highest drafted player since Bob Bell was the 21st pick in the 1971 draft while Pead is the highest drafted running back in school history. It is also the first time two UC players have been selected in the second round during the same draft. Wolfe and Pead are the sixth and seventh second-round picks in school history, respectively, and the first to go in round two since Connor Barwin was taken by the Houston Texans with the 46th pick of the 2009 draft.
With the duo's selection, UC has had 103 players drafted all-time.
"It's about the development of our players," Head Coach Butch Jones said. "We take great pride in using the term `NFL ready.' That was extremely evident today. It's great for the program in terms of our younger players. They see the example that if you buy in and work hard you can achieve all your dreams. It also speaks volumes as we continue to grow this program every year on the national stage. You can be a great player and come to the University of Cincinnati."
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. Wolfe sits in fourth place on the UC career sacks list with 19.5 and 10th place on the UC career tackles for loss list with 37.0. He tallied 70 tackles, including 31 solo stops along with six QB hurries, a pair of forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
"It's a lot of excitement," Wolfe said on a conference call. "I couldn't ask for better spot to be going into than the best defense in the NFL right now. Hopefully, I can just learn from those guys, and hopefully, contribute to getting the quarterback down."
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. 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.
"I'm going to be in Steven Jackson's hip pocket, learning everything." Pead said on a conference call. "He's a pro and he's a pro for a reason, and a successful one. I'm going to try to learn as much as I can and try to make my career last as long as his."