ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Ty Isaac waited patiently for his opportunity to play at Michigan - a year in fact -- and in his third game donning the winged helmet the former five-star standout had his coming out party. The redshirt sophomore rushed for 114 yards ononly eight carries and scored a touchdown in Michigan's 28-7 win over UNLV.
“As far as contributing, obviously it feels good,” Isaac said. “I have been here a year without playing, doing a lot of practice squad stuff. I know that stuff helps the team, but it feels a lot better when you can put it on the scoreboard, and you can help your team win.”
Isaac, who sat out 2014 after transferring from USC, reached the endzone for the first time in his Michigan career on a electrifying 76 yard run midway through the second quarter showcasing his patience, speed and vision as the hole developed.
“That’s within the design of the play, you kind of have to pace yourself,” Isaac said. “Then, obviously, you got Graham (Glasgow)puling and you have to make cuts off him and see where everyone else blocks were."
Adding: "It's one of those plays you can't really run it too fast, you'll outrun your blocks. I just had to take my time and let the blocks develop and set them up."
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who noted he wouldn't address any running back controversy after the game, gave his thoughts on Isaac's TD run.
“Well, it was a fantastic run by Ty Isaac,” Harbaugh said. “We didn’t block it right, and it’s (was) not blocked the way we drew it up. (We) missed a block, and thought it was going to be a tackle for a loss. And Ty did a real good job somehow he swerved, he avoided, he made a tackle miss, bounced off another - then was off to the races.
"It was the darnedest thing I saw in a long, long time."
When asked what the toughest part about sitting out last season, Isaac said "not being able to play" for the first time in his football career was the hardest part.
"I have never had to do that before," he said. "I feel like I got better in that season. So that was something I could take away from it. More than anything, not being able to play or contribute."
Well, now he has.
Michigan (2-1) next plays host to BYU (2-0) next Saturday at noon ET.