Monday, May 02, 2016

Recruiting 2018--Imani Partlow

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247 Sports reports UMass has offered to Imani Partlow, a 5-1 180 pound CB from Orlando, FL.

Partlow's 247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

ESPN.com has some stats.

It appears UMass is the first to offer Partlow.

Monday--May 2nd, 2016

Dan Malone has a post about Kessan Messiah and Robert Kitching III being invited to NFL mini-camps.

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Matty Vautour has a story about the five UMass players who either received Free Agent contracts or were invited to mini-camps.

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myCentraljersey.com says the Piscataway pipeline to the NFL continues with Tajae Sharpe's being drafted by the Titans.

iSportsweb.com talks about Tajae Sharpe being a late round gem for the Titans.

BTW, Phil Steele has Sharpe as his 20th ranked receiver in the draft.

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NJ.com tracks the Giants free agents and mentions Kessan Messiah.

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How will the Minutemen alums do in the NFL? Partially, it depends on staying healthy. I thought Rob Blanchflower had the talent to play for the Steelers, but he couldn't stay healthy.

Whipple called Marken Michel "Our best player". When he got hurt in the middle of last season, the Minutemen offense suddenly lost a lot of its spark. I think Michel and Jette have the talent to play to play in the CFL if they don't stick in the NFL. Frohnapfel is usually the smartest guy in the building, so he'd be an excellent reserve/unoffical coach for an NFL team.

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WWW.Capenews.com has a post about Robert Pena being inducted into the Minutemen Athletic Hall-of-Fame.

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Not sure why, but the Albuquerque Journal breaks down the UMass 2016 schedule.

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Hustle Belt reports only six MAC players taken in the NFL Draft.

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Sunday--May 1st, 2016

UPDATE II

Robert Kitching gets a Ravens tryout.

UPDATE:

Kassan Messiah gets a NY Giants tryout.

This April 27th article from NJ.com features Messiah and the NFL Draft.

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Dan Malone has stories about UMass Free Agent signings.

Randall Jette signs with the Packers.

Blake Frohnapfel is invited to a Colts mini-camp.

Federicksburg.com on Frohnapfel being invited to a mini-camp.



Marken Michel gets a Free Agent contract with the Vikings.

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The Packers signed 17 UDFAs

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Two Vikings Free Agents made the 53 man roster last year.

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ESPN writer says the Tennessee Titans draft (including Tajae Sharpe) looks like better players than they currently have.

The Hattiesburg American says the Titans won big in the draft.

SB Nation gives Sharpe some props in this draft summary (scroll to Tennessee).

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OT, but a Dogs fan I know thinks the Pats got a steal with Malcolm Mitchell if he stays healthy.

Mitchell's 45 yard TD against the Gators.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday--April 30th, 2016

UPDATE:


Tajae Sharpe drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 5th round.

Story from the official Titans site.

Read my comment below about yesterday's events and then consider RotoWorld thinks Sharpe played in the FCS.

UPDATE II.

Titians Online says Sharpe is out to prove himself in the NFL.

NJ.com reports the Titans take a Piscataway alum.

Dan Malone reports Sharpe thinks catching passes from Marcus Mariota "sounds great".

ESPN says the Titans add a tall, productive receiver.

UPDATE III

WHAT?

Draft report by Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report"

140. Tennessee Titans: Tajae Sharpe, Wide Receiver, UMass. Sharpe is tall and runs crisper routes than many collegiate receivers. It’s tempting to pencil him in as a mid-major steal as a possession receiver, but Sharpe has small hands and poor overall pass-catching skills. He had a chance to make scouts fall in love with him at the Senior Bowl but dropped some passes and didn’t look smooth or elusive as a receiver. He maxes out as a roster body. The Titans' big draft is really feeling like a letdown. Grade: D+

Sharpe was one of the top receivers in catches made/per opportunity in the nation. He impressed scouts in the Senior bowl practices. I watched the entire Senior Bowl and he caught everything they threw at him. He also made a nice special teams tackle. Mike, don't quit your day job...

UPDATE IV

Matty Vautour has a post about the Titans drafting Sharpe.

Underdog Dynasty has a short article about Sharpe going to Tennessee.

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It would be nice if the faculty senate got off their hobby horse about UMass football. Even though the motion was roundly defeated, this annual dog-and-pony show can't help UMass athletics. As I scan through the Google news-sphere I find numerous press factoids about "UMass is thinking about..." when no one was and the motion wasn't binding anyway.

None of those sports news bites will be corrected either. Let's hope we don't have to go through this every year.

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Not surprisingly, there are not a lot of directly related UMass football items on the intertubes today except for the topic mentioned above.

FIU taps into South Florida talent to build program.

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The press keeps confusing Mississippi State with Ole Miss.

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Old Dominion rejects a proposal for a privately funded 25,000 seat stadium.

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The Troy Trojans coaching staff including Neal Brown make a dance video and it's not pretty.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Recruiting 2016--Pat O'Reilly

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The latest version of the 2016 roster has Pat O'Reilly, a 6-3 185 pound WR from Franklin, MA on the roster.

Hudl.com has some highlights.

O'Reilly's Twitter feed says he had a successful tryout as a walk-on.

Friday--April 29th, 2016

Well the anti-football faction of the facility got blown out of the water yesterday.

Also worth reading is Chancellor Subbaswamy's letter to the faculity.

Dan Malone has some interesting stuff on his Twitter feed. The anti-football people said some offensive stuff, such as "football players were more likely to be criminals".

Matty Vautour's Twitter also covers some of the debate comments.

Matty Vautour also covers the meeting.

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Dan Malone has a post on Tajae Sharpe being ranked #136th on Mel Kiper's NFL Draft board.

Hustle Belt has Willie Beavers (Western Michigan) and Tajae Sharpe as the top of the MAC prospects.

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The first round of the draft is in the books.

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The NCAA rescinds its ban on satellite recruiting camps. That's good news for UMass and other Group-of-five leagues.

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OOPS

HS basketball player didn't know he was 29.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Recruiting 2017--Jylton Tusha

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Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Jylton Tusha, a 6-5 305 pound OL from University Christian HS in Jacksonville, FL.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Tusha has offers from Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, FAU, North Texas and Southern Mississippi.


Thursday--April 28th, 2016


Coach Whipple's message to the Gridiron Club. He says the team had 42 members with a 3.0 in the Fall semester and will probably better that this Spring.

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Joe Colton, Blake Frohnapfel and Matt Sparks are members of the 2016 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.

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Matty Vautour has a post on Tajae Sharpe getting ready for the NFL Draft.

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Inside Nova reports Blake Frohnapfel is going into the NFL Draft with an open mind.

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Liam Coan wants the Maine Black Bears offense to be physical and explosive.

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Former UMass player and coach Robert Talley is leaving Stonehill for a position with Cal State Chico.

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Max Page and his merry minions are back with the facility senate meeting to reduce or eliminate football.

This is the type of story the media loves, not the 40+ team members making the Dean's list.

NBC Sports on the facility senate's meeting. There are several other stories, but I'm not going to link to them.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday--April 27th, 2016


Matt Sparks is honored at Commencement.

UMass Media and Relations press release about Sparks and other UMass students honored at Commencement.

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Matty Vautour has a story about Blake Frohnapfel as he awaits the NFL draft.

Fredericksburg.com also has a post about Frohnapfel's chances in the draft. Lot's of quotes from Coach Whipple.

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WEEI.com has five New England prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft, which includes Tajae Sharpe.

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The UMass Daily Collegian has an interview with UMass A.D. Ryan Bamford about his first year at the helm of Minutmen sports.

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Victor Cruz says his body feels great.

USA Today reports Cruz took a small step back at the Giants mini-camp.

Newsday says Cruz thinks he won't have any more setbacks.

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The Orlando Sentinel previews 2016 opponent Hawaii.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Recruiting 2016--Frank Darby V

I blogged yesterday that Frank Darby, a three-start WR had decommitted from Iowa.

NJ.com reports Darby will take a visit to Rutgers. UConn and Temple coaches have been in touch.

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Recruiting 2016--E.J. Perry

Several news sources report E.J. Perry, a 6-2 190 pound QB from Andover has signed with Boston College.

Story here.

BC Interruption has a post on Perry signing with the Eagles.

Perry held offers from UMass and Ohio.




Tuesday--April 26th, 2016

Victor Cruz and his foundation supports S.T.E.M. education for kids.

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James Ihedigbo talks about his real estate holdings in Houston.

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Pro Players Insider thinks Tajae Sharpe would be a good fit with the Carolina Panthers.

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Hustle Belt looks at potential MAC players in the 2016 NFL draft (includes Tajae Sharpe).

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A Salt Lake Tribune sports writer forecasts BYU going 6 -6  in 2016 with a win over UMass.

BYU releases its post-Spring depth chart.

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HARSH

South Carolina fires the team chaplain.

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