Zayd Issah's Versatility Makes Him Perfect for Chip Kelly and Oregon

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIISeptember 12, 2012


If you're an athletic football player you'll fit right in with Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks, and that's exactly why 4-star athlete Zayd Issah appears to be on Oregon's radar.

According to Brandon P. Oliver of, Oregon really likes all that the former Penn State commit could bring to the table for their football program:

His versatility is one of the main reasons roughly 20 college coaching staffs are hot on his trail. No one more so than Oregon, who seeks out athletes like Issah and decides where to play them once they arrive on campus.

"That's what Oregon likes about me the most. That's what they do and they do it well," said Issah, who has family in both Eugene and Portland. "They just want to get me on campus and then decide how to use me. The best players play at Oregon, regardless of age or even position. If you're good enough, you'll be on the field."

What are the words that people use to describe a Chip Kelly football team?

Fast, athletic, explosive and dynamic are all words that come to mind for both Oregon's offense and defense. Kelly is famous in the college football world for his incredibly fast-paced offense and innovative sideline play-calling, but even Oregon's defenses have been quick, athletic and prone to making plays.

That's how Oregon has been so successful under Kelly. Score fast and play opportunistic defense.

In order to accomplish this style of play though, you need to have athletes who can pull it off, and Issah certainly fits the description.

He's 6'4'', 210 pounds and runs a 4.55 40-yard dash according to He can play defensive end, linebacker and safety on defense, and he plays running back and wide receiver on offense according to one of his quotes via Oliver's report.

This is a kid who can do a lot of things, and he's obviously extremely athletic. He's the type of player that thrives in Kelly's system and his experience would allow him to be comfortable playing either offense or defense.

Personally, I see him being a great defender at the college level. At his size, he'd be a perfect outside linebacker/defensive end, and his speed and athletic ability could really be showcased on the edges of the defense.

Oregon has made an offer to Issah, and if Kelly is seeing anything remotely close to what I am in this kid, I expect him to make a hard push for the 4-star athlete.

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