Andy Isabella- UMass WR

One of the more intriguing draft prospects in the 2019 class is UMass WR Andy Isabella. Although he is listed at 5'9", 186, he is probably a bit shorter at 5'8", with short arms. At the same time, the numbers don't lie. He is the most productive WR in college football. This year's line: 101 catches for 1697 yards, 16.8 yards per catch, 13 TDs. He kills both small school and big school talent (219 yards versus Georgia this year). Nobody has been able to cover him and I don't think that will change at the Senior Bowl this year. He is a prototypical slot receiver, but lines up all over the field for UMass. Here are some of his awards, from the UMass football website:

* Biletnikoff Award Finalist (top receiver; 1 of 3 finalists)
2018 FBS Consensus First Team All-American (includes AFCA, Associated Press, FWAA, Sporting News & Walter Camp)
Walter Camp All-America First Team
AFCA All-America First Team
FWAA All-America First Team
PFF College All-America First Team
Phil Steele All-America First Team
Associated Press All-America Second Team
CBS Sports All-America Second Team
Sporting News All-America Second Team
Sports Illustrated All-America Second Team
Phil Steele All-Independent First Team
All-ECAC First Team
Paul Hornung Award Watch List (top all-around contributor)
Wuerrfel Trophy Watch List (top student, athlete, community servant)
Phil Steele Preseason All-Independent First Team
Reese's Senior Bowl Invitee
• Ranks first in FBS with his 1,698 total receiving yards and 141.5 receiving yards per game as of the completion of conference championship games, which is 288 more receiving yards and 24.0 more yards per game than any other receiver
• Is also second in total receptions (102), third for receptions per game (8.5) and tied for fifth in touchdown receptions (13)
• Including his impact in the run and return game, Isabella stands fifth in FBS for all-purpose yards per game (152.67), which ranks him first out of all FBS players in New England and second among all wide receivers nationally
• Six games of 100 or more receiving yards, including against Duquesne (131), Coastal Carolina (174), #5 Georgia (219), Liberty (303), Ohio (198) and #21 USF (174)
• Four or more receptions in all 12 games, including double-digit numbers against BYU (10), Coastal Carolina (10), #5 Georgia (15), Ohio (12) and #21 USF (13)
• Spread his 13 touchdowns across eight games with one each versus Charlotte, Connecticut, FIU and No. 21 USF, two against Duquesne, #5 Georgia and Liberty and a three-TD game at Ohio
• His 303-yard effort on nine receptions (33.7 yards per catch) against Liberty reset the UMass record for receiving yards in a single game and set the top mark in FBS or FCS during the 2018 season
• Is the only known player in FBS history with 300 or more receiving yards on fewer than 10 receptions
• His 2018 season totals rank among the best one-year performances in UMass football history (FCS or FBS) as he ranks first for most receiving yards (1,698), second in receptions (102) and tied for second in touchdowns (13)
• Opened the season with five receptions covering 136 yards, including two for touchdowns, and a 14-yard run, in the win over Duquesne (8/25)
• Tallied a dozen receptions for 198 yards and a career-best-tying three touchdowns at Ohio (9/29)
• Posted 13 catches for 191 yards and a touchdown against the No. 21 USF defense (10/6)
• Added a 10-catch, 176-yard outing against Coastal Carolina (10/20)
• Fought through the rain-soaked conditions at Connecticut (10/27) and led the offense to the 22-17 victory with four receptions for 78 yards, including one for a touchdown, and rushed twice for 13 yards
• Reset his personal best and the single-game program record with 303 receiving yards on only nine receptions against Liberty (11/3) and took two of his catches for touchdowns
• Capped his career with 15 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns and rushed twice for 10 yards at No. 5 Georgia (11/17)
• His 15 receptions at No. 5 Georgia's Sanford Stadium rank as the most by an opposing player in the history of the building (1929-present) while his 219 receiving yards are the second-most all-time.

Final note: most slot guys fall into the "I am not fast, but run great routes". This is not the case with Isabella. He was the Ohio State High School sprint champ, beating Denzel Ward, who ran a 4.32 at the combine this year. Isabella will run a sub 4.4 time at the combine.
Here's a clip actually showing how fast the kid is


He's soooo small though.
  • jimrat
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Draft crush
[ Edited by jimrat on Dec 26, 2018 at 5:29 AM ]
5'8"? Um, no thanks.
Originally posted by NYniner85:
Here's a clip actually showing how fast the kid is


He's soooo small though.
Patriot size
Originally posted by Sourball:
Patriot size

Muppet size
What's his projected round he goes in?
That`s football speed fast,might be worth a look,kickoff returner/Slot/X with him and Goodwinspeed thats crazy scarry
Originally posted by jrouter4949:
That`s football speed fast,might be worth a look,kickoff returner/Slot/X with him and Goodwinspeed thats crazy scarry

Him replacing Goodwin maybe? Im a Goodwin fan, but dudes fragile.
Originally posted by English:
Originally posted by Sourball:
Patriot size

Muppet size

God no. Don't we have enough of these small, slot WR's on our roster already? We don't need another slot WR. His skill-set is already well represent on this roster. We need a bigger, physical outside WR who can get themselves in tight spaces and be a redzone threat. Those deficiencies in our WR corp was painfully obvious this season.

I'll pass.
[ Edited by 9ersLiferInChicago on Dec 26, 2018 at 10:38 AM ]
Originally posted by NYniner85:
Here's a clip actually showing how fast the kid is


He's soooo small though.


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Hell no!, we have @ 4 WR's on our roster already with similar stature and skillset.. WE NEED A BIG BODY JULIO JONES TYPE GUY PLEEEEEZ!!!
Originally posted by 9ersLiferInChicago:
God no. Don't we have enough of these small, slot WR's on our roster already? We don't need another slot WR. His skill-set is already well represent on this roster. We need a bigger, physical outside WR who can get themselves in tight spaces and be a redzone threat. Those deficiencies in our WR corp was painfully obvious this season.

I'll pass.

CORRECTAMUNDO!!!!
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