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Scouting report: UMass WR Andy Isabella


By Michael Williford


Name: Andy Isabella 


Position: Wide receiver


School: UMass


Height: 5-foot-10


Weight: 190 pounds


Player overview: Recorded 145 yards and three touchdowns on just six touches in a 63-15 win over Duquesne to start the season last week. Named to the 2018 Biletnikoff Award Watch List for college football's best wide receiver, the 2018 Paul Hornung Award Watch List for college football's most versatile playmaker, and the 2018 Wuerrfel Trophy Watch List for college football's best at combining community service with athletic accomplishment and academic achievement. Recorded 65 receptions for 1,020 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. Ranked among the top receivers in college football last season for touchdown catches (t-16th), receiving yards per game (27th) and receptions per game (44th). One of only 10 FBS players with three or more touchdowns on plays of 65 yards or more last season (t-7th; three plays): Georgia Southern (68 yards), Mississippi State (69 yards), and Maine (69 yards). Recorded 62 receptions for 801 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore, averaging 5.2 receptions and 66.8 receiving yards per game with a 12.9 yards per catch average.


Strengths: Gets off of the line of scrimmage and into top gear at the snap of the football very quickly. Good balance. Fluid and very fast. Sinks his hips and gets bend into breaks for crisp cuts often changing gears to create separation. Shows the ability to routinely uncover a nickel corner and the toughness to go make the catch in front of a saftey despite heavily-contested coverage over the middle in tight spaces regularly. May appeal to an NFL team looking to draft a slot wide receiver who works the middle of the field and attacks the man-to-man and zone coverages with quick and fast short and intermediate routes.


Weaknesses: Has a small frame that lacks the typical NFL size and bulk to hold up on the outside of the field over the course of the 16-week regular season and into the playoffs. Sometimes has a pretty tough time using his body positioning to shield a defender away from the football if the ball hangs in the air. Run blocking can definitely improve. Sometimes will run a bad route and instead rely exclusively on blazing speed to compensate for the bad route running. Can get out-muscled in a crowded defensive backfield and start to give in to the concentration drops.

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