The University of Michigan announced the transfer of running back Ty Isaac from USC on Tuesday. The news had broken a few days ago, but Brady Hoke finally made the transfer official with a release from UM.
Michigan Adds Former 5-Star Tailback Ty Isaac from USC
By Tony Gerdeman
"We're excited that Ty has decided to join the Michigan Football family," said Hoke, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. "I know it was important for him to get back to the Midwest to be closer to his mom and family, so I think it's a great fit for everyone. Ty's a big back (6-3 225) with really good speed and catches the ball extremely well out of the backfield. He certainly adds depth and competition to a position we feel very confident about."
As a high school senior, Isaac was rated a five-star prospect and the #4 running back overall by Rivals. He also had offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
Isaac reportedly left USC to be closer to his mother who is dealing with health issues, and he will attempt to be granted a waiver in order to play immediately.
In order to be granted a family medical hardship, the NCAA rule states the new school must be within a 100-mile radius of the family member in question. Given that Ann Arbor is over twice that distance to his home of Joliet, Illinois, however, it might be optimistic to think that he sees the field this year.
Playing as a true freshman for the Trojans last season, Isaac rushed for 236 yards on 40 carries, scoring twice. He also caught four passes for 57 yards. He had a season-best 87 yards on 11 carries against California.
The Wolverines enter the 2014 season with an open battle for the starting running back job. Sophomores Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith are the two most-likely candidates to win the position.
Green (5-11 220) rushed for 290 yards on 83 carries (3.3 ypc) in a disappointing freshman season last year, while Smith saw spot duty rushing for 117 yards on 26 carries (4.5 ypc). Isaac would be thrust into the competition if he is granted immediate eligibility.
Of course, if the run blocking doesn't improve, it won't matter who is carrying the football for Michigan.
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