Ty Isaac officially joins Wolverines, Hoke 'excited' to have him

Ty Isaac officially joins Wolverines, Hoke 'excited' to have him
June 10, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Ty Isaac is officially a Michigan Wolverine.

The school announced the addition of the former Joliet Catholic star and USC transfer Tuesday, and head coach Brady Hoke had nothing but good things to say about his new offensive weapon.

"We're excited that Ty has decided to join the Michigan football family," Hoke said in the release. "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 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."

The confidence Michigan has regarding the running back position has to be a welcome feeling. After all, the Wolverines were one of the Big Ten's worst rushing teams a season ago, averaging just 125.7 yards per game. That ranked only above Purdue among Big Ten teams.

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If Isaac plays this season — there are questions over whether Ann Arbor is close enough to his home to get him a hardship waiver from the NCAA — the Michigan backfield will look very different from last year. Gone are offensive coordinator Al Borges and running back Fitzgerald Toussaint. In are new OC Doug Nussmeier (poached from Nick Saban at Alabama) and a talented trio of sophomore backs that includes Isaac, Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith. Green was the No. 1 running back in the Class of 2013, per Rivals, while Isaac was ranked fourth in the nation. Smith was 37th.

Isaac had 40 carries in 14 games for the Trojans last season, finding the end zone twice. He was a prolific back at Joliet Catholic, breaking the school rushing record with 5,305 yards in his career. His junior year, 2011, saw him pick up countless accolades and win a state title, rushing for 515 yards and six touchdowns in the Class 5A championship game.