The buzz surrounding Ann Arbor is a positive one.
While head coach Jim Harbaugh returns to his alma mater, the maize and blue faithful patiently await the former Michigan quarterback at the helm. However, Harbaugh isn’t the only one with the West Coast in his rear view mirror.
Enter Michigan running back Ty Isaac.
With an eye-opening high school tenure at Joliet Catholic Academy, Isaac cemented his name in the record books with 5,035 career yards, topping any player to wear the uniform. The next question was which college would land the all-everything?
Isaac opted for the cardinal red and gold that is the Trojans of USC. Following the commitment to Southern California out of high school, however Isaac decided the transfer to Ann Arbor seemed the better fit. After a season of sideline duty due to eligibility, the highly-touted athlete out of Shorewood, Illinois will look to add a spark to a Wolverine offense that ranked 112th in points scored during 2014.
We caught up with Isaac to chat about the expectations, offseason, and life as a Wolverine in general.
AK: How does it feel becoming apart of the Wolverines and such a rich tradition?
TI: “It’s exciting to be a part of a program that had a lot of history and tradition. Being from the Midwest I have some familiarity with it and also come from a high school program with a lot of tradition.”
AK: Does this feels somewhat like a homecoming to return back to your roots and play collegiate football in the Midwest?
TI: “It does feel like a homecoming because now I’m a lot closer to home and can play in front of a majority of the people who’ve seen me play my entire life.”
AK: How has the energy shifted in Ann Arbor (and the locker room) with the hiring of head coach Jim Harbaugh?
TI: “Coach Harbaugh being hired definitely has created a buzz throughout the city of Ann Arbor. In the locker room our goals have not changed. We’re still looking to work hard and be the best we can be. We all look forward to playing for this new staff.”
AK: What will be your biggest personal goal for the upcoming 2015 season?
TI: “Honestly I haven’t even thought about personal goals for the season yet, I’m just trying to use this offseason to get my body prepared for this upcoming season.”
AK: Touching the banner before games, the 110,000 fans on hand, and the notorious “Hail to the Victors” chant are among some of the prestigious traditions at Michigan. What specifically are you most looking forward to as a Wolverine?
TI: “I’m most looking forward to being able to actually play in the big house. We have great fans and I’m excited to finally get on the field with my teammates.”
AK: What’s it going to take for you and the Wolverines to hoist a Big 10 title in 2015?
TI: “I think as long as we stay on the track that our coaches have given us and continue to work hard we’ll have a shot to be really good.”
AK: After missing the season last year due to eligibility reasons, what are the emotions like right now, knowing you finally get to be back on the field in 2015?
TI: “I’ve never missed an entire season so I’m very excited to get back on the field but I don’t want to rush it. Going through the entire offseason process will help me a lot. But very anxious to be out there playing live again.”
All quotes were obtained first hand.