The Big East may not have had many players in the Senior Bowl, but it is quality, not quantity that matters.
Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead continued his impressive week, winning game MVP honors with 129 all-purpose yards in the annual college all-star game. Pead was able to show off his versatility on punt returns -- passing J.D. Hill of Arizona State as the Senior Bowl’s all-time leader in punt return yardage with 98. The previous record of 73 had stood since 1971.
Pead also led all rushers with 31 yards on the ground. It was only in the final few games of his senior season that Cincinnati allowed him to start returning punts, something he had done in high school.
“A win caps off the week," Pead said after the North beat the South 23-13 on Saturday in Mobile, Ala. "You want to go in and practice hard, interview well and meet fans, but going away with a loss -- as a competitor -- I wouldn’t like that. We’re all out here competing and for the North side to come in and get a win caps off everything. I got everything I wanted out of this week. I got good work done at practice and I got a win for this game."
"I got everything I wanted out of this week. I got good work done at practice and I got a win for this game."
UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes and Cincinnati defensive tackle Derek Wolfe also played for the North team. Reyes earned the start, and had three tackles and one sacks, while Wolfe had three tackles. Both Pead and Reyes made the CBSSports.com Senior Bowl all-practice team.