Monday, November 30, 2020

UMass Football Recruiting 2021--RaSaan Gasaway image

 RaSaan Gasaway, a 6-8 280 pound OT from Independence C.C. has a UMass offer. has video highlights

247Sports page here.

UMass was the first offer for Gasaway. Also has offers from New Mexico State and UAB. Also drawing interest from Texas State.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

UMass Football News--November 29th, 2020

 Georgia Southern gave up 17 fourth quarter points to Georgia State and lost 24-30. 

The Eagles are 6-4 with two games to play.


Marshall's last game against Charlotte was postponed, but the Herd achieved their highest ever college football playoff ranking.  

Marshall is still undefeated.


FAU's game against Middle Tennessee State was canceled due to COVID issues


The Buffalo Bulls had a record-tying performance from their RB Jaret Paterson as he ran for 409 yards and eight rushing TD's against Kent State. The two teams combined for 60 first downs. The chain crew must have been really tired..


Saturday, November 28, 2020

UMass Football News--November 28th, 2020

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 I can't fault the UMass defensive scheme. The Minutemen tried to crowd the line of scrimmage to at least slow down Malik Willis. We held him to 63 yards and one TD and 53 of those yards came on one carry. However Liberty, unlike FAU has an excellent passing game and the Flames were able to throw three TD's . In addition, if the Liberty running back broke through the line of scrimmage, there was no one left to stop him.

Losing Avien Peah did not help. Peah had been playing well both rushing the passer and getting into opponents backfield on rushing plays. When he went down, so did our defensive line play. The defense did record 1 sack, five TFL, one forced fumble and had 5 pass breakups.

Also by the fourth quarter, the defense was getting gassed. They did not quit holding off Liberty on the final long drive.

The offense produced 227 yards, but no points. The rushing game was again a problem with only 55 total yards. UMass was only 5-13 on third downs and 0-2 on fourth. The rushing game needs to be a major emphasis during the off season. The Minutemen did play a lot of different linemen and backs even in the first quarter. That should pay dividends in the future.

Special teams were generally good. George Georgeopoulos averaged 43 yards a kick and had two inside the 20. Jeremy Martin missed a 41 yard field goal.

Again, I think Liberty is the best team in the Group-of-Five. The Minutemen have a way to go to be competitive with the Flames.


UMass write-up here.

Liberty write-up here.

MassLive reports UMass was shut out

Mike Moran of the Hampshire Gazette covers the game and the controversial non-interference call in the 2nd quarter.


Friday, November 27, 2020

Game Day Liberty--2020


Today UMass draws Liberty, which,  IMHO is the best team in the Group-of-Five. The Flames are one point from an undefeated season. 

Malik Willis is a Top-15 QB in passing TD's (17) and also in rushing TD's (9). He leads all FBS QB's with 744 rushing yards. He's a defensive nightmare in the air and on the ground.

We all knew 2020 would be about improvement. The defense looks better than I had hoped (although today's score may not reflect the improvement). Last week the Minutemen special teams played better.

The offense has been a disappointment so far. One of our prime objectives the running game, has not worked in the first three games. We do not have a deep threat WR. If we have another game with five or six three-and-outs, the score may not be much different from last year despite our defensive improvement.

Nevertheless, I see hope for 2021 and I'll be cheering for UMass today.

Go UMass!


The game will be available on ESPN3. It shows in my Comcast schedule so it may be available on some cable services.


Liberty has their game day information up

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the Liberty game.

The Hampshire Gazette reports UMass is ready to close out its season with Liberty.

CBS Sports previews the Flames-Minutemen game.

College Football News previews the game and predicts a Liberty blowout. 

Sports Chat Place says the Flames will cover the 37 point spread.


The Boston Herald says as Andy Isabella returns to Gillette Stadium, UMass watches with pride.


Thursday, November 26, 2020

UMass Thanksgiving Day news--November 26th, 2020

 Mike Moran of the Hampshire Gazette says the Minutemen finally have a "normal" week.


Mike Traini of  "Fight Massachusetts" asks five questions of Zack McLearnen from A Sea of Red concerning the UMass-Liberty game.


The UMass Daily Collegian reports UMass heads to Liberty for the final game of the 2020 season.


UMass-Liberty will be part of an extensive college football schedule on Friday. The MAC, which owned Black Friday games in the past does not play that day.


Liberty coach Hugh Freeze continues to receive speculation for coaching jobs at Power Five schools.


Through nine games in 2020, Liberty has averaged 40.9 points/game and 490.9 yards of offense.


A Sea of Red has Liberty notes and injury report for this week's game against UMass.


Mrs Blog and I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. We're grateful 2020 is almost over.


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

UMass Football News--November 25th, 2020

UMass has its game notes for Liberty up.


Kyle Grabowski of the Hampshire Gazette says the UMass defense made its entry against FAU.


 A Sea of Red has quotes from Liberty coach Hugh Freeze on the North Carolina State game, UMass and more.

Freeze's podcast show for the UMass game is available here

A Sea of Red has its players report for the UMass week.


Winners and whiners previews the UMass-Liberty game.


Vegas Insider has Liberty by 38.


UMass Football Recruiting 2021--Phil Jeffs II

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 Phil Jeffs, a 6-6 280 OT from Ontario, is a 2021 commit who will be joining the Minutemen in January. I blogged about Jeffs back in June.

The following article about Jeffs appears through the courtesy of the writer Mike Davies and with permission of the Peterborough Examiner. The original article is available here.


Examiner Sports Director

Phil Jeffs learned values and principles playing football in Peterborough that helped him land a full ride scholarship to the University of Massachusetts.

The 18-year-old Trent Hills native took a winding path he called “a roller coaster” to get to this point.

He started with six-a-side football in Grade 9 at Campbellford District High School. The six-foot-seven, 280-pound offensive tackle played two seasons for the Peterborough Wolverines junior varsity team winning an Ontario Football Conference championship in 2017 while also playing for Team Ontario. He transferred to Holy Cross Secondary School in order to play 12-a-side football. He then transferred in Grade 12 to St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, CT. Midway through the school year a family emergency which required him to return home to help his father Doug run the family’s dairy farm brought him back to Ontario. He finished high school at Clarkson Football North in Mississauga.

College recruiters on both sides of the border first took notice of Jeffs in Grade 10. Boston College, University of Connecticut and Iowa State were among the schools he narrowed his choice to before verbally committing to the UMass Minutemen in June. He’ll sign his letter of intent next month when the signing period opens Dec. 18.

It’s a lot of relief,” said Jeffs. “A lot of people won’t understand the hard work and a lot of sacrifices that had to be made to get to this point. It’s a lot of relief because you feel a lot better about yourself and that those sacrifices are paying off.”

Several factors made UMass his first choice.

They showed a ton of interest and I felt like that was the place I was going to be best set up to succeed and have the best chance to play after that level if that chance is there,” said Jeffs. “The very first time I ever talked to them there was genuine interest. You could tell the people really cared and they weren’t just interested in you as a football player, they were more interested in you as a person. They showed me a lot of support and how the next couple of years of my life were going to look.”

Jeffs will study education and begin classes at UMass, in Amherst, Mass., in January. He’ll train with the football team in the spring and begin playing as a freshman next fall.

Jeffs said he was a young kid kind of full of himself when he came to the Wolverines and coaches Joseph Joncas and Bond Bjorgan, who also coached him at Holy Cross, helped straighten him out.

It was really humbling,” he said, of getting exposed to a wider football community. “it taught me a lot of great values and principles I live by and try to emulate and use in my everyday life. The coaches really helped mold me as a person and gave me a lot of values I still use.”

Jeffs is finished high school and is currently training with Joncas to prepare himself for UMass,

Coach Joncas is so much more than just a coach,” he said. “He helped out so many guys. I know I’m not the only one thinking this. There are a lot of guys who would do anything for him. He’s done so much for so many people. It’s rare to see when someone cares as much as he does.”

Jeffs is taking education because the idea of being either a teacher or coach appeals to him.

I really want to help people in the ways I’ve been helped. I’ve had a lot of great people help me get to this spot. I sure as heck wouldn’t have made it this far without a lot of people helping me and being there for me,” he said.

Trent Hills native Phil Jeffs played one season of offensive tackle for St. Thomas More School in oakdale, CT before committing to the University of Massachusetts Minutemen’s football program for 2021. St. Thomas More School Photo."

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

UMass Football Recruiting 2022--Tyler Tackage


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Tyler Tackage, a 5-11 205 pound athlete from Washington Court House, OH has a UMass offer.

247Sports Page here. has video highlights.

MaxPreps has stats. 105 solo tackles in 25 games.

This article reports on Tackage's offers from USB and Southern Mississippi.

UMass needs linebackers and running backs. Tackage could see playing time early in Amherst.