Saturday, October 25, 2014

Game Day--Toledo October 25th, 2014

Coach Jimmie Reid used to say playing in big games was the reason to play football. Today's game against Toledo is the first big game of UMass' FBS era in the sense there is actually something actually riding on the outcome.

I'm pleasantly bemused by this because it's really too early in the Coach Whipple's second stint for a big game. The Rockets are starting more seniors on their offensive line than UMass has on on its entire squad. The Minutemen also really need a second tranche of Whipple's recruits.

I'm bemused because I think we have a chance in this game. Pass defense is not Toledo's strong suit and if Western Michigan can slow down the Rockets' offense, then the Minutemen's defense could do so too.

I enjoying UMass' upward move. Whipple's teams in the past have tended to keep improving as the season passes, and I think that same thing is happening this year. For the last two years I'd be dreading UMass playing the MAC's best team. This time I'm looking forward to it :)

Go UMass!!!

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UPDATE: Rocket RB Kareem Hunt expected to dress for the UMass game..

Dan Malone has when and where to catch today's game.

Dan says the stakes are raised for the Minutemen -Rockets game.

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Matty V. reports Toledo is the biggest game of UMass' season so far.

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Two Hustle Belt writers think Toledo will cover the spread of 17 points.

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The Boston Herald says UMass looks to shoot down the Rockets.

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The Toledo Blade says thanks to the Minutemen's passing game, UMass carries confidence into today's game.

Quote from the above article:“They look, honestly, like a whole different team,” UT left tackle Josh Hendershot said. “They do have a lot of confidence coming in, a lot more than I ever thought they would.
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Cleveland.com reports the Rockets look to remaining undefeated in MAC conference play.
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The MAC conference website has Game Day #9.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday--October 24th, 2014

Matty Vautour reports UMass puts its win streak on the line in Saturday's vistit to Toledo.

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MAC Reporter Online has the Minutemen ranked #10 in its latest conference power ratings.

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The Daily Collegian says UMass is looking for its third straight win at Toledo.

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Max Moore and Ian Davis of Hustle Belt talk smack about the Minutemen-Rockets matchup.

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The Times Online says Terry Swanson continues to shine for the Rockets.

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The Rockets have every offensive line coach's dream: five senior linemen.

LT John Hendershot 6-4 295
LG Jeff Meyers 63- 290
C Greg Mancz 6-5 300
RG Robert Lisowski 6-4 292
RT Chase Nelson 6-8 315


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WR Corey Jones 5-8 165 is the Rockets leading receiver. He's gone 48-535 11.1 AVE 2 TD's 64 LONG. His Toledo bio says he was a Scout.com four-star recruit.

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MLive writer David Drew picks the MAC winners for Week #9.

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Western Michigan was 0-6 at this time last year. This time, like UMass, the Broncos are hoping for a three game wining streak.

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Nick Saban explains the decision process: Kickoff or Receive?

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Recruiting 2015--Marquis Young

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Dan Malone has a story about Marquis Young, a 6-0 200 pound RB that verbaled to UMass yesterday.

Young is averaging 10 yards/carry at Milford Academy.

Hudl.com has highlights and reports a 4.38 40 for Young.

247Sports page here.

This article has Young talking about his decision to do a prep year at Milford.

Young also drew interest from FBS Old Dominion.

Thursday--October 23rd, 2014

UMass has its game notes for Toledo up.

Dan Malone does a podcast with Nick Piotrowicz of the Toledo Blade discussing the upcoming Rockets-Minutemen contest.

UMass WR Marken Michel is making progress recovering from injury.

Mark Whipple discusses implementing his pro-style offense in a college program.

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Matty Vautour has a story about Josh Bruns filling in for injured center Matt Sparks.

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The UMass Daily Collegian says UMass looks for its third straight win against Toledo.

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A Rockets WR rectruit decommits.

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Toledo kicker Jeremiah Detmer is on track to be named All-MAC Conference again.

Detmer is 12-15 80% 41 LONG. He's also 26-27 in extra points.

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FanIndex.com picks the ten best college bands and includes one from the MAC, but it's not the UMMB.

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NJ.com has a story about Chip Kelly visiting Victor Cruz in the hospital.

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Meanwhile, massive academic fraud in the UNC program.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday--October 22nd, 2014

Dan Malone ranks college football teams after last week's games and moves the Minutemen up a little.

Dan also talks about for the first time in FBS, UMass has some big game pressure.

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Matty Vautour reports the UMass seniors wish the Minutemen resurgence happened earlier. Ya gotta wonder where we'd be if Whipple was hired in 2012. Probably no MAC exit and we'd be wondering what bowl UMass would be in.

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The MAC conference has added another bowl tie-in.

Hustle Belt also has a post on the new MAC bowl connection.

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USA Today has a post about Week #8's winners and losers and says break up the Minutemen.

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Phil Steele as how teams compare to their opponents offensive and defensive averages. UMass' four BCS games skew the results for the Minutemen.

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NIU looks down the road to its machup with Toledo.

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The Toledo Blade says a two-week bye (which UMass starts after the Toledo game) is awful.

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Cleveland.com grades the MAC East after eight games.

And they grade the MAC West.

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The Buffalo News says the Buffs are looking at an uphill battle to sign a coach from a power conference.

Ed Orgeron has some advice for the the Buffs.

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Is there a SEC bias on college football polls?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday--October 21st, 2014

Toledo has its game notes for UMass up.

The Rockets website has three video previews for the UMass game on their game notes page. Blogger won't do a direct link.

The Rockets lead the MAC in scoring offense (34.0), total offense (503.0) and rushing defense (113.9), and rank No. 2 in rushing offense (241.7).

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Terry Swanson was their lead RB against Iowa State. He's gone 63-489 7.8 AVE 48 LONG.

They also have Kareem Hunt. All he's done is 59-527 8.9 AVE 7 TD's 45 LONG.

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Toledo's coach Matt Campbell is impressed with the Minutemen's turnaround under Mark Whipple.



Keeper's College football ratings has Toledo by 10.93.


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Matty V. says the Toledo game is the first "Big Game" of the FBS era, in that there is actually something riding on the results.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday--October 20th, 2014

UMass Marching Band
If someone were to ask me who the best team in the MAC is so far in the 2014 season, I would reply the Toledo Rockets.

Toledo is 4-3, but their three losses are to Missouri, Cincinnati and Iowa State. They've beaten Ball State, Western Michigan and Central Michigan. The Rockets also hung 54 points on New Hampshire. UNH is undefeated in FCS and is a good bet to win the CAA North and probably the CAA title and auto-bid.

The Vegas early line is the Rockets over UMass by 17.5

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UMass offense
BLAKE FROHNAPFEL WATCH.

After last week Frohnapfel is 130.9 EFF 185-337-6 54.9 % 2483 18 TD 310.4 AVE/G

Single season pass attempts:

8. 341 Tim Day 2004
9. 337 Blake Frohnapfel 2014 (7 games)
10 334 Liam Coen 2008
10 334 Liam Coen 2006
Knocking Jim Simeone 313 1984 out of the top ten list

Single season pass completions

8.  194 Tim Day 2004
9.   192 Matt Guice 2001
10. 185 Blake Frohnapfel 2014 (7games)
11.  182 Mike Wegzyn 2012

Single season passing yards

7. 2692 Kyle Havens  2010
8. 2483 Blake Frohnapfel 2014 (7 games)
9. 2481 Tim Day 2004
10. 2266 Matt Guice 2001
Knocking Liam Coen 2175 2005 out of the top ten.

Passing yards/game

1. 310.4 Blake Frohnapfel (7 games)
2. 244.7 Kyle Havens 2010
3. 238.4 Todd Bankhead 2007 (13 games)

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Video of Mark Whipple and the UMass players discussing the win over EMU. Ya gotta be happy for the players who have endured a lot over the last three seasons. It's great to see them having fun and getting some rewards for their work.

Tajae Sharpe continues to climb in the UMass record book.

In contrast to prior years when the defense probably wanted to avert their eyes, Jovan Santos-Knox says the Minutemen offense is fun to watch.

Coach Whipple is pleased with the improvement in the defense and with the UMass running game.

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Matty V. says the UMass defense is coming together.

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BTW, Eastern Michigan's field came in runner-up for the best field in the nation.

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Max Moore of Hustle Belt looks at UMass' win over EMU.

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Philly.com looks at Victor Cruz's injury.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday--October 19th, 2014





I wish to reiterate how great it is not to have to grit my teeth to read after-game articles in order to set up Sunday's links :)

Tajae Sharpe now owns two of the top five single game reception totals:

1. 13 Tajae Sharpe 2014
    13 Tajae Sharpe 2014
    13 Victor Curz 2008
    13 J.J. Moore 2005
    13 Brandon London 2005

Single game reception yardage

1. 262 Victor Cruz 2008
2  210 Adrian Zullo 1999
3. 198 Rasheed Rancher 2007
4. 193 Tajae Sharpe 2014

More praise for the UMass defense. Maybe for the first time in FBS the Minutemen "D" shut down another team's star player. UMass led the Eagles in first downs 34 to 11. How many times in 2011 and 2012 did we experience the reverse of those numbers?

We're still in contention for the MAC East Championship and a bowl game.

Twelve fans correctly forecast a 21+ point victory in the weekly scoring poll.

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EMU's report on the game.

Dan Malone has UMass makes it two straight.

Shadrach Abrokwah had a career day with four rushing TD's.

Dan looks at UMass' improving numbers in MAC conference play.

Reggie Bell--non-factor. UMass defense shuts down the Eagles offense. We blew a coverage on EMU's first possession, but after that EMU's offense was not doing much.

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Matty Vautour reports a balanced offense led UMass to a win.

Tajae Sharpe had career days in receptions and yardage against the Eagles.

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The Globe says UMass wins second straight.

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The Collegian says Sharpe continues his banner season.

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The Boston Herald reports UMass has a winning streak.

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The Eastern Echo says EMU remains winless on the road.

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All the MAC results here. Some interesting results. Western Michigan beat Bowling Green and winless Kent State handled Army.

MAC stats: UMass is 1st in passing offense, last in punting and extra point average.

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