Sunday, December 17, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting--Joseph Girard III

Joseph Girard III, a 6-1 180 pound QB from Glens Falls, NY has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

He's also a three-star hoops prospect. has football video.

This article features Girard as a two-sport athlete.

This article says Girard could be open to playing both sports.

Scored 60 points in a game recently.

Girard has 14 hoops offers including BC and Penn State.

Tulane has also offered in football.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--UMass finalists for Caleb Okechukwu

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247Sports report Caleb Okechukwu has UMass as one of his two finalists in his recruiting.

Okechuikwu is a 6-4 252 pound DE from Washington, DC.

247Sport page here. has video.

2017 2nd team All-Metro.

Okechukwu has five FBS offers.

UMass Football News--December 16th, 2017

Nine Minutemen on Phil Steele's first team All-Independent squad. Six more on the second team.


Athlon Sports has UMass ranked #106 ofter week 13 of college football. The bowls won't change UMass' ranking.


Today's UMass hoops game is part of a football/basketball package with Georgia. UMass will play the Bulldogs in Athens for the last game of the 2018 season.


The Boston Herald picks all the 2017 bowls.


Troy University, led by former UMass coach and player Neal Brown plays North Texas in today's New Orleans Bowl.


Friday, December 15, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Hansky Paillant image
Hansky Paillant, a 6-2 230 pound DE from Hollywood, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports two-star player. has video.

This post from Miami CBS local features Paillant.

Named defensive MVP in 21st annual BCAA All-Star Classic.

Paillant is currently an Appalachian State commit. He has five offers mostly from Florida schools.

UMass Football New--December 15th, 2017

USA Today has a story (mentions UMass) about the finances of the FBS Playoffs. A true playoff, like the ones we have talked about here in the past would be a huge moneymaker for everyone involved. Currently, the bowls retain a disportionate amount of influence on FBS post season.

With viewers down from the social media revolution, a true playoff would reclaim some the eyeballs lost to social media. The current bowl system is archaic.


The UMass Martching Band prepares for its appearance in the Rose Parade.

The UMMB will display their new uniforms at Saturday's hoops game.


The NY Post picks the winners of every 2017 Bowl.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Uchenna Ezewise verbals to UMass

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Uchenna Ezewike, a 6-3 220 pound DE/LB from Fort Lauderdale, FL has Verbaled to UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

YouTube has video.

Broward County Top-50 player.

This article from October 2017 features Ezewike's recruiting.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on his verbal to UMass.

Ezewike chose UMass over six other FBS offers including Pitt and Kentucky.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Lakiem Williams reports Lakiem Williams, a 6-2 240 pound LB from Butte College has verbaled to Syracuse.

Williams had offers from UMass, Toledo, Cal, Houston and others.

UMass Football News--December 13th, 2017

With both the Early Signing Period and Letter-of-Intent day coming close, one unit that could use some three-star recruits is the UMass offensive line. The OL played better (as did the whole team) after the two-week break. But it had some serious struggles in the first six.

UMass gave up 46 sacks for the season. That's second-to-last in the NCAA. Hawaii collapsed the pocket the whole game with just their front four. Against Temple we hit a special teams and OL low point. Temple won by nine. They made three field goals and we missed three. The Minutemen gave up nine sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Despite that, Ford threw for 377 yards and 2 TD's. Not being able to run the ball against Power Five opponents is no disgrace, but 79 yards rushing against Coastal Carolina and 79 against Old Dominion is. We also got pushed around by Maine.

Starters listed in the 12/2/17 game notes for FIU:

Ray Thomas-Ishman LT SO GP 12

Jake Largay LG RSJR 12 GP

Derek Dumais C RSSO  GP 12

Lukas Kotler RG RSJR GP 12

Jack Driscoll RT RSSO GP 12 All-ECAC

Also on the roster:

Mike Yardi LG RSSO GP 10

James Reilly LT RSFR GP 9

Larnel Coleman RT RSFR GP 8

Dan DiNicola RG RSJR GP 12

Spencer Goldberg FR Redshirt

Jaylen Larry FR Redshirt

Brian Abosi FR Redshirt

David Weinstock FR Redshirt


James Madison gives a ten year extension to Mike Houston. The Dukes are currently 13-0 and meet South Dakota State in the FCS playoffs Saturday.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

UMass Recruiting 2018--Justin Lewis

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Justin Lewis, a 6-0 175 DB from Opelika, AL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

UMass is the first offer for Lewis.

UMass Football News--December 12th, 2017

Matty Vautour reports UMass will change Special Teams coach and TE's. The contracts of Mark Michaels and Jason Palermo will not be renewed.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on the coaching changes.


Penn catches up with Adam Breneman.

The All-American has Breneman as first team All-Group of Five.

Breneman has accepted an offer from the Senior Bowl.


If you missed it, New Hampshire was bounced from the FCS playoffs by South Dakota State.


Monday, December 11, 2017

UMass Football News--December 11th, 2017

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


Recruiting visitors this weekend.


Speaking of recruiting, the following graduate from the November 27th two-deep on offense:

Malik Lee FB

Andrew Libby FB

Matt Tuleja FB

Adam Breneman TE

There are no other fullbacks on the roster. Breneman was a big part of the UMass offense and Whipple's offense in general works best with a pass catching TE.

Other TE's on the roster:

Taylor Edwards RSFR 6-4 255. A former three-star recruit who came off a knee injury in 2016.

Avien Peah RSFR 6-2 260. Played in all 12 games in 2017. No stats

Jon Lucier RSSO 6-6 240. DNP 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

Kyle Horn RSSO 6-5 25.  Went 12-3 GP-GS 3-30 25 LONG

Travis Reynolds RSSO 6-5 255. 8-5 GP-GS 2-20 15 LONG.

Of the 24 players listed on the November 27th depth chart on offense, nineteen return. The Minutemen offense was 37th out of 130 FBS offenses in 2017. I would think UMass fans could expect another good year in 2018.