It hasn't been the smoothest of rides for Ty Isaac during his collegiate career and his first season of being eligible to play football in Ann Arbor also suffered from turbulence.
Going through the dreaded "internal matters" as head coach Jim Harbaugh liked to call it, Isaac definitely took the path less traveled to get where he is today.
And maybe, just maybe, the turbulence has made all the difference.
"I went through a lot," Isaac said reminiscing about last season. "Had to go through some growing pains and had to be down before I got back up but (I put in) a lot of hard work. You have to do the little things, you have to handle your business in all facets of the game. It's paying off and it's the right way to do things."
It's safe to say that Isaac appears to have moved on from last season. Going through an entire spring healthy, unlike last season, it was the motivation that he needed to propel himself forward and put himself in the running back discussion.
"Going through the summer program and getting my body right," Isaac said. "Just really taking care of myself and doing what I need to do. Physically, I am feeling good and that's a big part of it. Having the confidence from having a good spring, I'm just ready to compete."
Continuity in college football is very important. This Michigan program hasn't seen much of it as of late but the coaching staff and scheme on the offensive side of the ball remains in tact.
The running backs from last season return and will continue under the tutelage of running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley. For Isaac, the continuation is important because now he knows what he, and the rest of the returning running backs, are expected to know and what are expected of them.
"I think the biggest thing for me is its our second year with (Wheatley) and he understands us, we understand him better," Isaac said. "He might talk to me differently than he would talk to Drake (Johnson) because we might pick things up in a different way. I think its helped a lot because we all understand each other, we know the expectations and we know what he's going to expect out of a player so I think that's been a big thing for me, too."
Now it's time to get to work.