Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Recruiting 2015---Teddy Atkins

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Several media sources report Teddy Atkins, a 6-2 200 pound OLB from Apopka, FL has verbaled to UMass.

Dan Malone has a story here.

Charles Doss of Hustle Belt also has a report here.

Hudl.com has video.

The Orlando Sentinel has a story about Atkins verbal to the Minutemen.

Atkins is not rated by any recruiting service I could find.

Tuesday--September 30th, 2014

Blake Frohnapfel
Blake Frohnapfel was MAC Offensive Player-of-the-Week for his performance against Bowling Green. MAC press release here. UMass website story here. Have we had a league offensive or defensive player-of-the-week since we joined the MAC? I can't remember any.

Dan Malone on Frohnapfel's selection.

BTW, so far in 2014 Frohnapfel has gone   134.5 EFF 99-188-3  52.7 % 1471 TOTAL YARDS  11 TD 80 LONG 294.2 AVE/game

Last year's totals 96.9 EFF 177-339 18  INT 52.2 % 1877 Yards 9 TD 156.4 yards/game

Frohnapfel has already thrown two more TD's than in 2013's 12 games. He's up 37.6 points in passing EFF and he's throwing for 138.5 more yards per game.

Frohnapfel leads the MAC in passing yards/game and total offense.

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Coach Whipple's quotes from the league's weekly teleconference.

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Dan on Tajae Sharpe's breakout season.

He also has UMass opens as a three-point underdog to winless Miami (Ohio).

Las Vegas odds here.

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Matty Vautour says Trey Dudley-Giles has returned to practice. He also notes that Shane Huber will likely redshirt this year.

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MassLive has video from Tajae Sharpe and Blake Frohnapfel after the Bowling Green game.

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Jesse Allen of Hustle Belt looks at the Minutemen's defense in relation to the rest of the MAC.

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The Miami Redhawks have their game notes for UMass up.

Miami (Ohio)'s coach Chuck Martin laments another close loss.

The Miami student newspaper looks at the Redhawks 21st straight loss.

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ESPN has the teams eliminated and still in contention for the college football playoffs.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday-- September 29th, 2014

UMass Gridiron Club. Join It!




Shadrach Abrokwah scores.

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The UMass website has video highlights and interviews from the Ball State game.

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Matty Vautour has notes from the Minutemen-Falcon game.

More on the video board crash.

Matty has UMass fans helped celebrate the Minuteman's return to McGuirk.

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Blake Frohnapfel is 7th in all of FBS in passing yards. He's 20th in passing yards per game. Blake is 18th in yards per completion.

Tajae Sharpe is 8th in FBS receiving yards. Tajae is 15th in receiving yards per game.

UMass is 27th in all of FBS in fewest penalties.

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The Collegian asks if UMass students are football fans.

The Collegian says the students did tailgate.

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Miami (Ohio) was leading Buffalo in the fourth quarter, but lost.

The Redhawks have a GS QB from Notre Dame. Their starting TE Alex Welsh is also a Notre Dame transfer.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer says contenders emerge in MAC division races.

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The Wall Street Journal asks if blowouts are increasing in college football.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday--September 28th, 2014

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Well, we didn't win, but you didn't like yesterday's game, you don't like college football. The game sold out and there were a lot more than 17,000 people around the stadium.

The lead changed hands seven times.

BTW, only one person out of 75 votes got the poll correct with the Falcons by less than seven.

UMass had 29 first downs and 638 yards of total offense. Blake Frohnapfel shattered a number of UMass records. He went 36-61-1 589 5 TD's 80 LONG.

That broke Kyle Havens 450 yards vs New Hampshire in 2010. It tied the record for 5 passing TD's held by Liam Coen (twice) Matt Guice, Richard Lucero, Todd Bankhead and Mike Fallon. It was second in most pass attempts (63 Matt Guice NH 2001). It broke the record for pass completions (33 Jeff Krohn Northeastern 2002). It tied for 5th in longest passing play (80 Liam Coen to Matt Silver Bryant 2008, Tim Day to Jason Peebler Delaware State 2004). He broke the total offense in a single game record (Kyle Havens 434 NH 2010).

Tajae Sharpe tied the UMass single game reception record of 13 held by three other players (Victor Cruz JMU 2008, J.J. Moore Colgate 2005, Brandon London Hofstra 2005).

We made some errors. We dropped a couple of INT's (one a sure TD). We turned the ball over. We missed a lot of tackles, including one that ended up a Bowling Green TD.

The crowd was great, and so was the atmosphere. Even the UMMB upped its game. The halftime show was the best of the season.

The UMass website has notes, quotes and stats here.

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Matty Vautour reports UMass losses a shootout to Bowling Green.

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Dan Malone comments on the 17,000 sellout.

Nick O'Malley has a post about Blake Frohnapfel's historic day.

Nick also reports the UMass defense was gashed for equally historic numbers.

The video board collapse in the third quarter was impressive. Debris (hydraulic fluid?)flew higher than the stadium walls.

Dan Malone says the Minutemen rushing game continued to struggle.

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And one media pundit has to find fault with UMass football over something. Man, some people are professional jerks.

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The Daily Collegian said missed opportunities overshadowed an impressive day for the Minutemen.

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Randy Carpenter of Hustle Belt says the Falcons hung on.

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All the MAC conference results here.

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Boston College lost to Colorado State. That puts a big crimp in the Eagles season.

Colorado lost in two overtimes to Cal.

Kentucky broke a long SEC losing streak against Vanderbilt.

And Penn State, who played nearly perfect against the Minutemen, self-destructed against Northwestern.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Game Day Bowling Green --September 27th, 2014

Having finished the what was probably the toughest OOC schedule in FBS, the Minutemen now open with the MAC League champion Bowling Green Falcons.

Bowling Green has an offense that could compare with just about anyone in FBS. They are 34th in the nation in passing offense going 111-176 1152 5 TD's 288.2 Yards/game. The Falcons are #120 out of 125 teams in scoring defense (UMass is #110).

UMass's best defense could be a clock-controlling offense. A few turnovers would help too.
Hope to see everyone at McGuirk! Go UMass!
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Dan Malone says playing at McGuirk is a new an exciting prospect for most UMass players.

Dan also has the Minutemen open against the defending MAC conference champions.

UMass AD John McCutcheon and Chancellor Kumble Subbasswamy discuss FBS football and the return to Amherst.

Dan has a photo gallery of Friday's new facilities dedication and comments on the new and improved press box.

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Matty Vautour talks to former UMass players about their favorite McGuirk experiences.

He also has UMass players and fans glad to be back at McGuirk.

Dan reports struggling Bowling Green on edge as they travel to McGuirk.

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UMass will be playing on a new surface at McGuirk; it's state of the art in artificial turf.

abc40 says UMass preps for sold-out Homecoming game.

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The UMass Daily Collegian features Andrew Libby one year after tearing his ACL. Libby's UMass bio.

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Linemakers.com thinks the Falcons will beat the -5 spread.

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The MAC website has details of all today's conference games.

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Penn State plays Northwestern.

Kentucky looks to break a 17 game SEC losing streak against Vanderbilt.

Colorado plays Cal.

Colorado State hasn't won a geme east of the Mississippi since 2002. Today they'll try against Boston College.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday--September 26th, 2014

UMass has its game notes for Saturday's Homecoming Game.

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Daniel Maynes will be featured on this week's episode of UMass Insider at 11:00 AM on Comcast Sports New England.

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

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The Minuteman offensive line looks to bounce back after a poor showing against Penn State. Please read that link again and appreciate the difference from a few years ago when it have said "UMass offense line looks to improve after a poor showing against Central Connecticut."

Bowling Green has been on the wrong side of two blowouts, but it's not their offense that's the problem. They ran an astounding 113 plays in their upset of Indiana.

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Matty Vautour says UMass hopes to exploit Bowling Green's defensive struggles.

Amherst businesses welcome back UMass football.

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Max Moore of Hustle Belt says UMass finally comes home to McGuirk.

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The Toledo Blade says Bowling Green is wary of a rejuvenated UMass.

Bowling Geen News says the Falcons are focused on conference play.

The Sentinel-Tribune reports it's back to basics for Bowling Green.

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Victor Cruz went 6-107 yards in the Giants rout of the Redskins.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday--September 24th, 2014

UMass announces a raft of games for 2016, 2017 and as far away as 2022. Some pretty attractive games for UMass fans: UConn, BC, Temple, Army and Appalachian State (that one should draw pretty good at both schools). The only down side is seven away games in 2016...

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Ron Chimelis says UMass urgently needs a win.

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Dan Malone comments on the nineteen games in future schedules announced today.

Dan has his latest podcast with John Wagner of the Toledo Blade.

Shadrach Abrokwah is eligible for the Bowling Green game. Abrokwah looked like the best of the running backs in the Spring Game. So far, Minutemen running backs have looked neither fast nor powerful. Hopefully, Abrokwah can add a dimension to the UMass offense that's been missing.

Matthew Wylie's only kick of the season was monumentally ugly, but Whipple isn't giving up on him yet.

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Matty V. reports UMass announces a huge slate of future games.

Matty also has Shadrach Abrokwah is excited to return to the field.

BYU Stadium
The Desert News reports BYU signs a four game series with UMass.

The Montgomery Adviser says Troy and UMass sign a home-and-home series.



The Knox News says the Vols will pay UMass $1 million for a visit in 2017.

Athens Ohio Today reports on the Ohio-UMass contract for 2017-2018.


Aloha Stadium 
SB Nation's Mountain West Connection comments on the UMass-Hawaii home-and-home.

Hawaii's trip to Massachusetts will be the Rainbow Warriors longest road trip ever.

GoBlueRidge.com reports the Appalachian State Mountaineers are happy to renew their rivalry with the Minutemen.
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Hustle Belt says the Minutemen finally return home.

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Brandon Fitzsimons of Hustle Belt picks Ball State over the Minutemen.

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The UMass Daily Collegian says despite all the distractions, the Minutemen have a game to play on Saturday.

The Collegian reports Minutemen players are eager to play in front of their peers.

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EXCITING NEWS FROM THE MAC CONFERENCE

Miami (Ohio) backs skunk safety.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday--September 23rd, 2014

UMass says on its Twitter Feed it'll has an "important announcement" at Noon today about future scheduling.

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Coach Whipple is impressed with fill-in Bowling Green QB James Knape. His Bowling Green bio.

Dan Malone reports the Minutemen are not looking to move Trey Dudley-Giles back to corner.

Dan also has three players whose stock is up and three down after Penn State.

Malone has his first MAC conference power poll.

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Matty Vautour says Jackson Porter remains upbeat despite struggles as a freshman starter. Porter's UMass bio.

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UMass will dedicate the new football facilities on Friday.

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Attention! Attention! Attenton! Keepers College Football ratings has UMass by 4.56 over the Falcons.

Note Las Vegas odds opened at UMass at +14, but now have dropped to a consensus +4.5

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Randy Carpender of Hustle Belt asks if Bowling Green, with FBS's statistically worst defense, can win the MAC.

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Sons of Old Massachusetts awards three helmet stickers for the Penn State game.

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Speaking of scheduling, NIU adds a home and home with Tulsa.

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Victor Cruz got a win and relief against the Houston Texas.

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BC's coach Addazio implores the Eagles to get win #4.

Penn State is a double digit favorite over Northwestern.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops thinks Vanderbilt has gotten better each week.

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