Hoke: Issac Waiver Denied, Kalis' Back Issue

Brady Hoke gives the latest on Ty Issac's eligibility, Kyle Kalis' back issue and more.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The NCAA denied the transfer of running back Ty Isaac’s medical hardship waiver to be eligible to play this season last week, U-M coach Brady Hoke said.

However, Hoke says they have since appealed the decision of the former USC transfer and four-star prospect.

“The waiver got denied initially,” Hoke said. “Then we’ve appealed it.”

Isaac, who transferred due to his mothers medical condition, moved roughly 250 miles to Ann Arbor from his hometown of Shorewood, Ill. The NCAA states you need to transfer to a local school within 100 miles of your hometown to be eligible for a medical hardship waiver.

Now, the Wolverines will have to wait for another decision to be made.

“You don’t know, and you don’t know how long it will take,” Hoke said.

Kalis’ Back Problem

Kyle Kalis’ back continues to be an issue, Hoke says.

The 6-foot-5, 298-pounder injured his back early in fall camp, and due to his injury, his starting position at right guard is up for grabs.

Right now, according to Hoke, both Kalis and senior Joey Burzynski are competing to be the starting right guard this Saturday versus Appalachian State.

“I think that’s the one position we’re still figure it out, if you want to call it that,” Hoke said. “They’re both getting first team reps, him and Joe. Right now if we go out today, Joe will go out with the first team. Kyle there is some concern with a back, how those things flare up. There is a little concern how much give him because of that. How much you work [Kyle] Bosch in because of it. I think will know a little better here in the next 48 hours.”

How concerning is Kalis’ back?

“I think you are always worried about a back,” Hoke said. “Is it serious? He’s been going full speed now. Backs have a tendency they can flare up. I’m not going to get into specifics. He’s fine right now.”

Hoke notable quotes

On selecting the captains this Saturday: “I’m going to meet with the seniors again in leadership group. Will name them sometime before the game.”

On Derrick Green being the starting running back this Saturday: “Derrick will be the guy who takes the first snap.”


Hoke said Jake Butt and Delano Hill will not play this Saturday. He says Hill could come back next week at Notre Dame.

Freshman wide receiver Drake Harris just started practicing again, however, Hoke says there is a good chance he may redshirt this season.

Hoke noted freshman tight end Ian Bunting will redshirt to focus on adjusting to campus life and academics.

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