WVU Football: Isaiah Bruce Playing Like a Future All-American

Michael WalkerAnalyst IIOctober 11, 2012

Photo credit: Pittsburgh.SBNation.com
Photo credit: Pittsburgh.SBNation.com

Isaiah Bruce is a redshirt freshman that is playing on a level beyond his years.

The 6'1", 225-lb linebacker has taken the WVU defense and their opponents by storm with a combination of speed and strength.

After an incredible start in the Marshall game, B/R Featured Correspondent Amit Batra wrote an article predicting the success of this hard-nosed player.

Batra couldn't have been more prophetic. Bruce was a second-string Sam linebacker through most of fall practice who literally took the starting job with his talent and work ethic before the first game.

Bruce was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after his first college game against Marshall. His 16 tackles and 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown was no flash in the pan.

He had seven solo tackles, three assists and a pass breakup in another strong showing against Texas last week. In a solid linebacker corps that is the strength of the defense, Bruce stands out.

After five games, Bruce has amassed 53 tackles, including 26 solo. Since his dominating start, he has also been in on a sack and broke up a pass.

That's a team-leading average of 10.5 tackles a game, and he seems to be getting better every week. He continues to arouse crowd cheers of "Bruuuuce" whenever he makes a play.

With three-and-a-half years of eligibility left, this young man's future is looking bright. In fact, it's got "All-American" written all over it. Not bad for a 3-star recruit. Good call, Mr. Batra!


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