With the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine, pro day and individual workouts all behind him, Andy Isabella finally had time to go back to his native Ohio to wait for the draft.
While some draft prospects used the time to slow down, Isabella, who could be drafted as soon as Friday’s second or third rounds, has stayed active even with nobody evaluating him anymore.
“He bought a jugs machine,” said former UMass coach Mark Whipple, who is now the offensive coordinator at Pitt. “His high school coach came down to Pittsburgh. He said Andy bought a jugs (artificial passing/punting) machine so he could keep working on the side. When Ross (Comis) worked out with him to prepare for UMass pro day, he said Andy was in bed by 9:30 p.m.every night.”
Whipple, who worked as an NFL assistant for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns, said Isabella’s work ethic and dedication would help him keep improving as a pro.
“He’s tremendously dedicated in everything he does,” Whipple said. “He just really really worked at his craft. I still think he’s got a lot of room for development and he’ll give everything he’s got to it. All the things he does on his own will make him that much better.”
Isabella caught 102 passes for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior including 15 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns against Georgia in the final game of his career. After an impressive Senior Bowl, he tied for the fastest time for a receiver at the combine.
Whipple was looking forward to following his former player.
“He’s a great kid. He does everything the right way. He’s got a big heart and cares a lot.
This is an exciting time for him,” Whipple said. “It’s just the beginning. I think he’ll play a long time and have a great career.”