If anyone was born to play the slot receiver position in the Patriots’ offense, it’s Andy Isabella. And, give the kid credit, he had a helluva day yesterday in Sanford Stadium.
The Minutemen’s senior wide receiver, who came to Sanford Stadium leading the nation in receiving yards, left with that mark safely intact. He added 219 yards receiving on 15 receptions and two more touchdowns to his total, which now stand at 1,698 yards and 13 for the season. He’s well over 3,000 receiving yards for his career.
Isabella was so impressive that he even caught the attention of Georgia’s quarterback.
“What a player. I mean, he did a phenomenal job,” the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm said. “It didn’t matter who we put on him, he was finding a way to get separation and get open. I don’t know if he dropped a ball. I don’t know if anybody else caught a ball. But he did awesome. It seemed like every time they threw it there he was again catching it. Man, great player, really exciting, really fun to watch.”
Unless, of course, you play on Georgia’s defense. Then you’re not as much impressed by Isabella as you are somewhat embarrassed about what he did. Isabella’s 15 catches was the second-most Georgia has allowed in school history and the most ever in Sanford Stadium. His receiving yards were the third-most allowed by the Bulldogs ever.
Before you reach for that razor blade to slit your wrists over another reason to despair over Georgia’s defense, though, a little context first.
Georgia scored at will yesterday. Literally. Smart and Tucker substituted liberally on defense as the third quarter unfolded. Isabella may play on a bad team, but he’s one of the top wide receivers in the country and he feasted on backups.
You may now return to your regularly scheduled freak out.