Michigan RB Ty Isaac is working towards getting on the field in 2016.

Michigan RB Ty Isaac is working towards getting on the field in 2016.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Ty Isaac's career at Michigan hasn’t exactly worked out as expected.

The former five-star running back, who transferred from USC in 2014, spent most of 2015 as a backup and ultimately sat out U-M’s last seven games. He would finish his redshirt sophomore season with 205 yards and one touchdown.

Unsatisfied with his redshirt sophomore season, Isaac sought council from running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley once the season concluded, and the two of them came up with a game plan or list of things that Isaac needs to address this off-season.  

“Just kind of working on the little things,” Isaac said. “I met with coach (Wheatley) at the end of last season, just kind of going over things that we mutually felt that I needed to work on. I’m really trying to attack those and set goals for myself for the off-season this spring.”

What goals does Isaac need to attack exactly?

“Just being more intense, more focused, paying attention to little details, “ Isaac said. “Stuff that I needed to work on and we kind of went over together just to be clear about everything that I needed to do for myself to get better."

Wheatley today said the starting running back job was for De'Veon Smith to lose.

So Isaac still has some work to do. However, he says he's still focused on being prepared if and when his number is called.

“Just when you do get your shot, you won’t do as well,” Isaac said. “I think when you’re aren’t getting reps, you got to focus that much harder so when you do get your chance, you can do something with it.”

“Anybody coming in, you want to play,” Isaac said. “It was one of those things you got to realize, ‘Alright if I’m not playing, I better take advantage of it when I do get it.’”

One issue Isaac pointed out that he has addressed this off-season is his weight. Now much lighter, he stands at 6-foot-3, 230-pounds, and shed nine pounds this off-season, a move he says should help him stay on the practice field more often.

“I felt like I played better lighter,” Isaac said. “I had hamstring (issue) last spring. I feel like it was I was carrying too much weight. Spring ball goes by quick when you get hurt. So I definitely don’t want to be on the sidelines. I feel like it would be best for me to get a little lighter.”

Adding: “I feel a lot better.”

Michigan plays its annual spring game on Friday April 1.


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