June 5th, 2014 at 12:04 PM ^

Baseless speculation, but I wonder if this has any effect on Derrick Green.  He can't be too pleased to have another stud come in at his position.  I know there was smoke around Green transferring out in the offseason, which was obviously not legitimized, but I can't help but wonder if this has Green hitting a sour note.

Not that I am anything but excited to get Isaac into this class.  Absolutely great news.


June 5th, 2014 at 12:40 PM ^

Well, if Isaac has to sit out a year -- and this scenario seems most likely, given the rules -- the transfer shouldn't have much impact on Green. He already knew he'd very likely have other highly ranked backs coming in this year or next. He was fine when Harris committed. Now it looks as if Isaac may just be taking Harris's place. Granted, Isaac has a year's experience. But Harris is a phenom. Seems like a wash, more or less.



June 5th, 2014 at 1:29 PM ^

a) Green said he wasn't afraid of competition.

b) Michigan didn't take a running back in the 2014 class, so this isn't much different than if a stud freshman were arriving on campus. There's always going to be someone coming in and trying to take your job.

Larry Appleton

June 5th, 2014 at 3:45 PM ^

Browsing opposing teams' boards, people are making it sound like he was unhappy with his PT his freshman year and had to be talked out of transferring.  I'm assuming that's all speculative BS by know-it-alls?

Victor Hale II

June 5th, 2014 at 11:09 AM ^

I'm trying not to be giddy but am failing miserably.

I've been trying to think when it was that the last true home run hitter RB was in the UM backfield. Was it Ty Wheatley? Hmmmm, same first name as Isaac. Similar size, too. The Ty that binds. Awesome.


June 5th, 2014 at 11:40 AM ^

was Minor, and it sounds like he is somewhat comparible.  There always seemed a little chaos when Minor had the ball, which was fun to watch.  I'd take a comparible back if that is what we are getting.

I definetely don't remember the backfield being this big for a long time. (size of backs not quantity)


June 5th, 2014 at 1:31 PM ^

Isaac isn't quite as vicious of a runner, but he does have some of those same abilities because of his size. I compared Isaac to Eddie George when I did a scouting report on him. Eddie George wasn't an absolute bull, but he was big and fast, which seemed to work out well for him.


June 5th, 2014 at 2:23 PM ^

That's a bold comparison, which I'd gladly take, but I also saw the same comparison in Ace's hello post by someone. 

I liked that I read he keeps his feet high.  If he can avoid some of the arm tackles that can tend to trip up some of the taller backs, i'd be quite happy as well.  Hopefully he can block. Seems to be one of the major deficiencies the backs had the last few years outside of Vincent Smith.


June 5th, 2014 at 11:23 AM ^

ding, ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!

The best thing that could happen to him is that he cannot play this year, but will play next year.  By next year, our OL will be much more experienced, physical.

This year we will be terrible again upfront.  Next year most likely average, 2 years, a strong unit FINALLY.

True Blue Grit

June 5th, 2014 at 3:12 PM ^

It's gotten to the point on this blog where whenever there's a thread about the football team, I just count the posts until the first one pops up that either:

1)  Says X or Y will stop happening as soon as the team starts winning more games, or

2)  States how bad our OL was last year. 

They even have to pop up in a real positive subject thread like this.  Sheesh.  


June 6th, 2014 at 12:50 AM ^

The line will be solid. I am convinced the talent is real and the scheme was the issue. These are kids running eight different blocking schemes and they were never on the same page. The line will be drilled to perfection over and over and over. Fast and tough execution. The future will be good.