Tuesday, September 25, 2018

UMass Football News--September 25th, 2018


Flo Football has video highlights of Young's game against Charotte.

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Josh Walfish has plays that mattered against Charlotte.

Josh also reports Bryton Barr's energy led the UMass defense. He also mentions defensive linemen Jake Byczko and Leon Flanagan, JR. The UMass defensive line was really active, putting pressure on the 49ers QB and controlling the line of scrimmage in defending the run game.

Whipple again said Ford and Comis will be a game-time decision for Ohio.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the Charlotte game.

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Vegas Insider has Ohio as a 13 point favorite over UMass.

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The Ohio Post has five fun facts about the Minutemen.

The Post also has highlights from Frank Solich's weekly press conference.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

UMass Football News--September 24th, 2018


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Josh Walfish reports Mike Curtis was successful in his first UMass start.

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Underdog Dynasty said an early surge carried UMass.

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The Niner Times reports Charlotte fell short.

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The Boston Herald said Whipple has confidence in all his quarterbacks.

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The Sports Chat place previews the UMass-Ohio game.

WOUB said the Bobcats coughed up a big lead over Cincinnati.

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In this week's AP Top 25, Georgia stays at #2, BYU is #20 and USF received 50 votes. BC not only fell out of the Top-25, they fell out "others receiving votes".

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

UMass Football News--September 23rd, 2018

Well the Minutemen turned it on yesterday. The UMass defense out-hit Charlotte. They pressured the QB all day. When the 49ers completed a pass, the defenders were there. The defense had 4 sacks and we stopped the 49ers on four out of five fourth down attempts.

Bryton Barr had an epic day: 21 tackles, 4.0 TFL 1 sack.

Third string QB Michael Curtis engineered 42 points. He ran for 2 TD's and passed for two. When he ran he took good angles and did not get lit up at the end of the carry.

Marquis Young had a 94 yard kickoff return and averaged 6.2 yards a carry.

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The hair team
Coach McCall and the 2018 hoops team



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UMass write-up here.

Charlotte's write-up here.

Josh Walfish reports the Minutemen started fast.

The Daily Collegian said Mike Curtis willed UMass to win over Charlotte.

MassLive reports UMass ended a three-game skid.

Fox Sports said Curtis accounts for four TD's, beats Charlotte.

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Duquesne played Hawaii tough at Aloha Stadium.

Boston College's stay in the top-25 was brief as they were handled by Purdue 30-13.

Miami was up 31-0 and dominated FIU 31-17.

Ohio could not hold 21 point lead over Cincinnati.

Big plays pushed USF past East Carolina.

Undefeated North Texas crushed Liberty 47-7

BYU ran over FCS McNeese State 30-3.

Georgia used turnovers to defeat Missouri 43-29.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Game Day -- Charlotte 2018


If UMass is to do anything this year, we need to win at home. The press reports the defensive secondary may be back to full strength. That should help.

What we really need is to get the offense in gear. UMass is currently #125 in total defense.  The offense ranks #98 in scoring offense. The Minutemen were supposed to have the best offense we've had. Scoring 24 points will not get it done. We need 400+ yards of offense against the 49ers.

I'll be there cheering for the Minutemen.

Go UMass!!!

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Josh Walfish reports UMass QB Michael Curtis will be ready if called to play today.

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The Berkshire Eagle says the Minutemen hope home cooking will cure all ills.

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Underdog Dynasty picks UMass to squeak by the 49ers.

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HERO Sports previews the UMass-Charlotte game.

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How the 49ers new A.D. has changed the atmosphere at the athletic dept.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

UMass Football News--September 21st, 2018

Josh Walfish has his weekly "Inside the Pressbox" feature.

He also has this week's football notebook. Josh reports senior QB's Ross Comis and Andrew Ford are gametime decisions for Saturday. Whipple said Minutemen DB's Bryce McAlister and Bakhari Goodson will be back. TE Kyle Horn is "possible" against Charlotte and possibly fully back by the Ohio game.

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FloFootball has the Minutemen looking to get back on track against Charlotte.

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The Amherst Wire has a story on the changes to the UMass tailgating policy for 2018.

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The UMass Daily Collegian reports UMass returns home after a three-game road stint.

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YUR NE has a nice post featuring UMass CB Lee Moses.

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The Boston Herald picks UMass to cover the spread against Charlotte. Note however, he went 0-7 last week.

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Athlon Sports predicts Miami over FIU 52-20. You remember in 2006 Miami and FIU had an epic brawl during the game.

YouTube video of the brawl here.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Nick Pendley

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Nick Pendley, a 6-5 290 OL from Canton, GA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.


Video of some April Rivals Camp drills.

2017 All-Region.

Pendley has eleven offers including UConn from the Northeast.

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UMass Football News--September 20th, 2018

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

Mike makes one point that I totally agree with. The 2018 schedule is about as easy as it gets for an independent. The 2019 schedule that includes @ Rutgers, @ Louisiana Tech (currently 2-0), @ Army, @ Northwestern and home against BYU is tougher. Rutgers is terrible, but we do not play well on the road.

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The Herald Extra has UMass as #11 in BYU opponent power rankings.

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This Naples Daily News article mentions UMass freshman Claudin Cherrelus.

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The Spot thinks the Minutemen might benefit in the betting line from returning home.

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The Hattiesburg American power ranks the C-USA conference and has FIU #5 and Charlotte as #9.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

UMass Football News--September 19th, 2018

UMass has the game notes for Charlotte up .

So does Charlotte.

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Josh Walfish reports the Minutemen defense is working on improving tackling skills.

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The UMass Daily Collegian says the Minutemen seek a season-changing win against Charlotte.

The Collegian also has a story about new construction on campus including the practice bubble and new scoreboard.

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Former UMass player Jack Driscoll is banged up, but will continue to start at RT for Auburn against Arkansas.

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UMass is moving lower in CBS Sports Bottom 25.

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