Ty Isaac
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Issac in 2015
Free agent
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1994-10-16) October 16, 1994 (age 25)
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Joliet Catholic (IL)
Career history
* Birmingham Iron (2019)
Career highlights and awards
*2011 USA Today All-USA high school football team
File:20160917 Ty Isaac.jpg

Ty Isaac (born October 16, 1994) is an American football running back who is a free agent. He formerly played for the Michigan Wolverines. He played his freshman season for the 2013 USC Trojans before transferring to the University of Michigan.

In high school, he played varsity for four years at Joliet Catholic Academy, helping the team to reach the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 5A championship game twice. He was a member of the 2011 USA Today All-USA high school football team and 2013 Under Armour All-America Game team. His 515-yard rushing performance in 2011 is a IHSA championship game record. As a junior, he was recognized as the 2011 Chicago Sun-Times Football Player of the Year.

Early lifeEdit

Isaac is the son of Tyrone Isaac who was a captain and 1,000-yard rusher for the IHSA state Class 5A champion 1987 Joliet Catholic Academy team.[1] The younger Isaac served as the team ball boy and water boy in his youth.[2] He began attending football summer camp at Joliet Catholic Academy in third grade. By the time he was a high school freshman, he shared the backfield duties for the IHSA state Class 5A runner up. As a sophomore, he endured an injury plagued season.[1] Nonetheless, big things were expected of him as a junior. He was one of only 5 Chicago metropolitan area selections to the 2011 ESPNU Class of 2013 watch list.[3]

He was a 2011 USA Today All-USA high school football team selection as a junior and a 2013 Under Armour All-America Game selection as a senior for Joliet Catholic Academy.[4][5] During his junior season, he rushed for 2,629 yards and 51 touchdowns, including a 515-yard, 6-touchdown effort in the 2011 IHSA Class 5A championship game against Montini Catholic High School.[6] However, Isaac also lost two fumbles and threw an interception in what turned out to be a 70–45 championship game loss.[7] His 515 rushing yards in the IHSA Class 5A Championship game surpassed Alonzo Wise's 1997 210-yard Class 5A championship game record and Matt Perez' 2009 316-yard all class record.[8] At the end of the season, he earned the 2011 Chicago Sun-Times Football Player of the Year award.[1]

The following spring, he committed to USC on May 15 after making several visits to USC, Michigan and Notre Dame. At the time ESPN ranked him as the number 68 player in the class of 2013.[9] Michigan and USC were the two finalists.[6] His senior season was impaired by injury.[5] He endured a shoulder sprain and a groin injury that year but still managed to compile nearly 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns.[10] He had intended to take his official visit on December 7, 2012 along with other early enrollees and begin classes on January 14, 2013, but did not end up enrolling early.[11] His official visit marked his fourth visit to USC (all hosted by Max Wittek).[10]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Ty Isaac
Joliet, IL Joliet Catholic Academy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 217 lb (98 kg) May 15, 2012 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN:75px
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 7 (RB)   Rivals: 27, 4 (ATH), 2 (IL)  ESPN: 122, 13 (ATH), 4 (IL)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.




He matriculated to play for the USC Trojans football team and debuted in the season opener for the 2013 Trojans on August 29, 2013 against Hawaii.[12] His breakout game came on November 9, when starter Silas Redd left the game early against Cal and Isaac rushed for 87 yards and his first 2 touchdowns on 11 carries.[13][14] His 44-yard, 8-carry 2013 Las Vegas Bowl performance against Fresno State, which included a 35-yard reception, was also considered a sign of his potential.[15] For the season, he rushed for 236 yards on 40 carries and had 57 receiving yards.[16]

Transfer to MichiganEdit

He decided to transfer following his freshman season, and cited geographic distance from his ailing mother as his reason for wanting to return to the midwest. The leading contenders were Northwestern, Notre Dame, Illinois and possibly Michigan.[17] He was blocked from transferring to Notre Dame by USC.[18] He selected Michigan.[19] His request to play immediately for the 2014 Wolverines was denied by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.[20]

2015 seasonEdit

Isaac debuted for Michigan on September 5, 2015, gaining 12 yards on four carries as a backup player in the season opener against Utah.[21] On September 19, 2015, Isaac posted a 76-yard run as part of a 114-yard (eight-carry) effort against UNLV, which was the longest run by a Wolverine since Denard Robinson posted a 79-yard run against Air Force on September 8, 2012 for the 2012 team.[22]

Following an injury to Michigan's top running back, De'Veon Smith, Isaac started against Maryland in Michigan's fifth game on October 3, 2015. After Isaac gained only 17 yards, fumbled twice, and drew a roughing-the-punter penalty in his first start, Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press wrote that Isaac "might not be reliable" and had been "strikingly unproductive."[23] On October 5, 2015, Michigan announced that Isaac had dropped to a tie for third in Michigan's depth chart along with Derrick Green, behind De'Veon Smith and Drake Johnson.[24][25]

After the Maryland game, Isaac's playing time dropped sharply, carrying the ball only twice against Northwestern and twice against Minnesota.[26] On November 2, 2015, Michigan announced that Isaac was not on that week's depth chart. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said, "It's an internal matter."[27]

During the 2015 season, Isaac had 30 carries for 205 yards.[28] He had no carries in the final six games of the season.

2016 seasonEdit

During the 2016 season, Isaac rushed for 411 yards on 74 carries (5.6 yards per carry) and scored five rushing touchdowns, including a 53-yard touchdown run against Maryland. In the Wolverines' October 8 game against Rutgers, Isaac rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

2017 seasonEdit

Isaac opened the 2017 season with a 114-yard effort on 11 carries against the number 17 Florida Gators on September 2.[29][30] He followed that with a career-high performance of 133 yards on September 9 against Cincinnati.[31] After posting 109 yards, Isaac was injured on October 28 against Rutgers.[32]

Birmingham IronEdit

In 2018, Isaac signed with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football for the 2019 season.[33]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Clark, Mike. "2011 Sun-Times Football Player of the Year: Joliet Catholic’s Ty Isaac". Joliet Catholic Academy. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  2. Ruane, Dan (November 16, 2011). "5A football preview | Joliet Catholic's Isaac matching feats of his father". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  3. Powers, Scott (September 23, 2011). "Week 5 prep preview capsules". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  4. Halley, Jim (August 23, 2012). "Preseason All-USA gets helping of Hand". USA Today. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Angulo, Blair (October 11, 2012). "Grand finale". ESPN. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mahoney, Jon (June 4, 2012). "Get Familiar: USC commit Ty Isaac". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  7. Skrbina, Paul (November 26, 2011). "Football | 5A final: Westerkamp, Rhode set records to lead Montini to third straight title". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  8. Vorva, Jeff (November 28, 2011). "Isaac calls 515-yard performance ‘irrelevant’ after JCA finishes second to Montini". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  9. McKinney, Erik (May 15, 2012). "Ty Isaac commits to USC". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Curren, Johnny (December 11, 2012). "Visit reaffirms Ty Isaac's commitment". ESPN. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  11. Angulo, Blair (November 29, 2012). "Isaac not enrolling early at USC". ESPN. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  12. "24 USC Trojans 30; 13 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors". ESPN. August 30, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  13. Curren, Johnny (November 14, 2013). "Isaac feeling good after breaking through". ESPN. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  14. "USC Trojans 62; 28 CaliforniaGolden Bears". ESPN. November 9, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  15. Katz, Greg (March 27, 2014). "Isaac aims to make sizable contribution". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  16. Goodbread, Chase (June 5, 2014). "Ty Isaac Michigan-bound with transfer decision". Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  17. Rittenberg, Adam (May 15, 2014). "USC transfer could land in Big Ten, at ND". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  18. Goss, Dick (June 8, 2014). "Ex-JCA All-American Isaac eager for chance to face his buddies". The Herald-News. Retrieved September 22, 2015.
  19. Fowler, Jeremy (June 4, 2014). "Michigan lands coveted USC transfer RB Ty Isaac". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  20. Murphy, Dan (September 14, 2014). "NCAA: RB Ty Isaac must sit out '14". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  21. "Jim Harbaugh era at Michigan opens with 24–17 loss at Utah". ESPN. September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  22. Murphy, Dan (September 19, 2015). "Ty Isaac, Michigan run through UNLV on way to 28–7 victory". ESPN. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  23. Mark Snyder (October 4, 2015). "Snyder: U-M's Drake Johnson getting back 'in the groove'". Detroit Free Press.
  24. Angelique S. Chengelis (October 5, 2015). "UM's Drake Johnson pops defense, earns promotion". The Detroit News.
  25. "U-M notes: Smith, Stribling back 'in some form'". Detroit Free Press. October 5, 2015.
  26. Nick Baumgardner (January 4, 2016). "RB Ty Isaac said he's learned from a trying season, wants to succeed at Michigan".
  27. Angelique S. Chengelis (November 2, 2015). "Rudock's status uncertain for Rutgers game". The Detroit News.
  28. "2015 Michigan Football: Michigan Overall Individual Statistics (as of Jan 01, 2016) All games". University of Michigan. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  29. "Michigan shakes halftime deficit to sink Florida". ESPN. September 2, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  30. Clements, Ron (September 3, 2017). "2018 NFL Draft watch: Running backs shine, top QBs struggle in season openers". Sporting News. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  31. "No. 8 Michigan looks sluggish in 36–14 win over Cincinnati". ESPN. September 9, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  32. McMann, Aaron (October 30, 2017). "Michigan waits for injury updates on Ty Isaac, Michael Onwenu". Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  33. Inabinett, Mark. "Birmingham Iron building roster with in-state talent". Retrieved 14 November 2018.

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