Wolves Defensive Back Brandon Isaac Sets Single Season Franchise Mark for Interceptions
MANCHESTER, NH-- Rookie defensive back Brandon Isaac has established a Manchester Wolves single-season record for interceptions, and in the process has broken the franchise mark previously set by current defensive backfield coach Allistair Sebastien.
While playing in only 11 of the Wolves first 13 games games thus far this season, Isaac (6'2, 200) picked off opposing quarterbacks eight times and has eclipsed the record of seven in a single season set by his position coach, Sebastien, in 2007. Currently, Isaac ranks fourth in thearenafootball2 league statistical category for most interceptions with two games remaining to be played in the regular season.
Moreover, the additional 19 passes he has defended against rank him second in the af2 in that category.
"I had no idea that I broke the franchise record for interceptions, but it is an honor," said Isaac, who played both defensive back and safety during his outstanding collegiate career at South Carolina. "I've been working hard all season long to learn the arena game and play my best and it has paid off. Hopefully, I can keep going strong and help my team get into the playoffs and go on from there."
Isaac, who has been twice voted the Aaron's Defensive Player of the Game during his rookie year in the af2, had three picks against the Mahoning Valley Thunder on June 19th, just one shy of the Wolves record of four interceptions in a single game. His position coach doesn't seem to mind that it is his own record for most interceptions in a single season that was broken by his charge.
"Brandon is a great player, a great athlete, and a great competitor," said Sebastien, who was a great defensive back himself during a career that saw him make the All-af2 second team in 2005. "He works hard every day and on every play. The more he learns about the game and the different routes and receivers, the better he's going to become."
Isaac has been gifted with all of the talents and abilities, which include speed, strength, size, smarts, quickness, agility, and good hands, that a defensive back needs to be successful on the field. When his work ethic and study habits, not to mention terrific coaching, are added to the mix, it is no wonder he's been so successful in his rookie season.
"He does have it all," said Sebastien. "Consider that we even changed his position and now have him playing in the middle in a new role. We've given him a lot of responsibility and he's out there making plays for us."
Isaac surely is a playmaker. In additon to the eight interceptions and 19 passes defended, he has recorded 60 solo tackles and 64 total tackles this season, which rank the rookie in second place on a very tough Wolves defense.
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