In fact, the former USC standout was mentioned by Brady Hoke, who said Isaac was one a few names that stood out in last week’s scrimmage held during their bye week.
“When we had the scrimmage the other day he was one of the guys, I said there would be guys I would forget to mention, but he ran the ball pretty dang good well,” Hoke says.
Isaac, who transferred to U-M this season 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.
At 6-foot-3, 225-pounds, Isaac left the USC program last spring, and came to U-M a little out of shape, says Hoke, but has since made the effort to change physically since arriving in Michigan this fall.
“I think Ty [Isaac] from a standpoint of where he is at now physically from [when] he got here, he was in Chicago during the summer taking classes doing those things,” Hoke said. “So he really didn’t have an opportunity to really workout with our guys at all in the summer. He did a nice job. And he’s continued do that.”
However, while he admits he would like to get them on the field, wasting a redshirt season right now wouldn’t be “fair” to his players.
“A lot of those guys are guys we already determined we we’re going to redshirt,” Hoke said on freshman who are sticking out. “So you got a guy like Ty [Isaac] won’t be able to [play] because of the transfer. You look at some of those guys and would like to be able to play them. But you get down the road so far to be fair with them, you’ve got to really look at it. Like all freshman it takes some time to really understand what the game is about at this level. Especially different positions.”
Although, Hoke was quick to point out what freshman left tackle Mason Cole is doing this season.
“For Mason Cole to do what he has done to this point in the season being a true freshman playing left tackle in pretty good football league – that’s pretty incredible,” Hoke said.
Michigan (5-5, 3-3 Big Ten) plays host to Maryland (6-4, 3-3) this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.