Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Big Blog Bulletin


Time sure does fly. Mrs Blog and I are off on our 2017 vacation this time to Europe.

Given the time difference and the fact I'm not sure how much internet connectivity I'll get, I'm not going to do a daily blog post until we get back, which will be on the 26th.

If something mammoth happens, I'll make it a point to post.

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Christian Malloy

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Christian Malloy, a 5-10 175 pound RB from Parkview HS in GA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Malloy has 24 offers mostly from Group-of-Five schools and FCS. Besides UMass, Yale has offered from the Northeast.

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Rashard Jackson

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Rashard Jackson, a 5-9 173 pound Athlete from Upper Marlboro, MD has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Besides UMass, Jackson has a FBS offer from Memphis.




Tuesday--June 6th, 2017

Coastal Carolina announces a 7:00 PM kickoff time for the UMass game and it will be televised on ESPN3.

With Boise State's approval, Luther will become college football third team to have blue turf. Besides Luther and Boise State the third team is ............. Coastal Carolina.

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College football and the SEC look to reduce the time for an average football game.

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Hawaii football hopes off-season workouts pay dividends in 2017.

Speaking of the Rainbows, Street & Smith, Athlon and Lindy's all have Hawaii as second in the MWC's West division.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

UMass Football recruiting 2018--Dawson Hill

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Dawson Hill, a 5-11 180 pound RB from South Plantation HS in Fort Lauderdale, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a Scout.com article dated 04/18/17 by Corey Bender:

"Hill is  expected to make a splash throughout the spring evaluation period, and took another step in the right direction on Tuesday when earning an offer from Bowling Green.

Hill, a junior running back who piled up 908 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns in 2016, is armed with additional scholarship offers from Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Temple."

Rivals three-stars.

This article has a profile of Hill.

Hill has six offers including Temple, Syracuse and Pitt from the Northeast.

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Cameron Hill

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Cameron Hill, a 6-3 280 pound OG from Montgomery, AL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

All-Metro in 2016.

Hill also has an FBS offer from Bowling Green.

Monday--June 5th, 2017

The Northwestern Blog "Inside NU" takes a satirical look at the UMass-Northwestern game scheduled in 2019. It's a laugh riot---if you're twelve. If some assistant coach prints it out and saves it, it'll be good motivational material in two years.

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The Centre Daily Daily Times interviews Penn State commit Pat Freiermuth. Mentions UMass and Adam Breneman. The Minutemen also recruited Freiermuth.

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Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle has a post on college football in New England with several UMass references.

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The Rome Sentinel has a story about Steve Telander being inducted into the Rome Sports Hall of Fame. Telander was a four-year letter winner with UMass (1974, 75, 77 and 78). All-Yankee Conference in 1975. He suffered a knee injury in the 1978 FCS Championship Game and I remember him yelling encouragement to his defensive teammates as he was being helped off the field.

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Former UMass player Vito Perrone, now a high school principal in West Springfield gave the keynote address at Easthampton HS graduation (scroll down). Perrone was a four year letter winner (1984, 85, 86 and 87 and was Captain in 1987).

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

UMass Football recruiting 2018--Teja Young

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Teja Young, a 5-11 170 pound Athlete from West Palm Beach, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from January 2017 features Young.

Young has 10 FBS offers including Rutgers and Syracuse from the Northeast.

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Marquis Williams

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Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Marquis Williams, a 5-9 160 pound DB from Pompano Beach, FL.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a Scout.com article dated 12/16/16 by Hondo Carpenter:

"With an impressive skill set of high pointing the ball and swiveling hips, Williams is a natural and fearless.  While some corners cower on an island by themselves, Williams covets it.  Mark Dantonio is fond of saying, “You have to play fearless,” and Williams is the poster child for it.

He is 5’10” and 165 pounds and has been laser timed in the 40 at, “Legit laser 4.43 and I think I can get it to a high 4.3.”  He thinks he can get it as low as, “ 4.2 at the next level.

This article from Pittsburgh Sports Now features Williams.

Williams has 21 offers mostly from Power-Five schools. Penn State, Rutgers and Syracuse have offered from the Northeast.

 Broward County FL was a fertile recruiting area for Coach Whipple during his previous stint with UMass.

Friday, June 02, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting --Dennis Osagiede

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Dennis Osagiede, a 6-1 272 pound DT/DE from Missouri City, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Rivals three-star player.

Partial quote from a December 2016 Scout.com article by Bill Embody"

"I try to be humble, but I love football. Defense is my thing. I like hitting people. Even if the ball isn't coming my way, I will chase it down. I don't have the best speed, but I can beat my opponent with strength. I just love tackling people. Most of those tackles were effort tackles. This year, some schools may know not to run at my side, but that's okay because I'm still going to chase them down."

Osagiede has 18 offers with a mix of FBS and FCS schools. Besides UMass, Yale has offered from the Northeast.

UMass Football Recruiting --Kameron Jones

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Kameron Jones, a 6-5 280 pound OL from Starkville, MS has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a Scout.com article by Mitch White dated 04/17/17"

"Kameron Jones – Starkville HS – Jones plays in the Bulldogs backyard at Starkville High School. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle has six offers currently (Memphis, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Southern Miss, Southeast Missouri State, and MTSU). He has not attended many camps, but the one he did was a successful one as he won an all-combine award. For now, Memphis and LSU are recruiting the Starkville native the hardest. LSU has yet to offer, but are on the verge of doing so soon according to Jones. Mississippi State is another offer the hometown kid would really like."

Jones has eight offers all from Group-of-Five schools and UMass is the only offer from the Northeast.

Friday--June 2nd, 2017

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusettes" has a post on the game times and media availabilty for the Coastal Carolina, Temple and BYU games.

I posted links for the first two yesterday. The Salt Lake Tribune has more on BYU's media schedule.

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UMass-Hawaii will be on August 26th, which will be the first day of the 2017 season. However it looks like Colorado State-Oregon State will have the honor of the earliest kickoff.

The Minutemen have not announced the start time for the game at McGuirk, but there's been speculation it'll be at 7:00 PM.

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South Carolina and UMass announce their OOC basketball schedules. The hoops connection came about because of UMass football's game in South Carolina in 2016. UMass basketball will also face Georgia. You remember the Minutemen will play the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium to close the 2018 football season.

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There's been some speculation in the press that college football is declining in popularity. Nope.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

UMass football recruiting--Messiah Swinson

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Messiah Swinson, a 6-8 232 pound TE from Long Island Lutherian HS in NY has Tweeted' he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a May 8th 2017 Scout.com article by Brian Dohn.

"A lot of schools will use the tight end in the blocking formation on the line of scrimmage, and that's not really the kind of tight end I am," he said. "I look at schools that use the tight end in the spread or in the slot and get them off the line of scrimmage. That's mainly the type of offense I am looking at with schools."

Maxpreps has stats.

Swinson has six FBS offers including BC and Rutgers from the Northeast.

UMass football recruiting ---Hassan Hypolite

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Hassan Hypolite, a 5-11 195 pound OLB/Safety/WR from Missouri City, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a 11/12/16 article on Scout.com by Gabe Brooks:

"Hasaan Hypolite, 2018 WR/S, Fort Bend Hightower -- I really liked what I saw from Hypolite in June at the Sound Mind/Sound Body Showcase in Houston, where he worked out exclusively at receiver. He looks and plays bigger than his well-built 5-foot-11, 190 pounds."

This article from 2016 features Hypolite.

Besides UMass, Hypolite has an FBS offer from East Carolina.

Thursday--may 1st, 2017

Coastal Carolina announces a 7:00 PM start time for the UMass game and it will be available on ESPN3.

The Minutemen's game against Temple will also be at 7:00 PM and will be televised by ESPNU.

Mrs Blog and I have reservations to see the Temple game. It should be good exposure for the Minutemen program to be on national TV.

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Airlines are cutting back on their charter business and that's causing travel problems for college football teams.

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SB Nation lists all the bowl games for 2017 and their conference tie-ins. The Frisco Bowl with an AAC team against an at large team looks like the only slot that would fit an independent like UMass.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

UMass recruiting 2018--Teshaun Smith

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Teshaun Smith (good name) a 6-3 170 pound WR/DB from Fort Lauderdale, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This website has Smith as one of Florida's most underrated recruits.

This article features Smith.

Smith holds 15 offers including Pitt and Temple from the Northeast.


Wednesday--May 31st, 2017

Underdog Dynasty looks at the receiving corps of Sunbelt teams including UMass opponents Georgia Southern, Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina.

The same site ranks the 2017 Sun Belt offensive lines.

Seven Mountaineer players were named to Athlon's first team preseason All-Sun Belt team.

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Six Old Dominion players were named to Athlon's preseason All-Conference USA team.

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The Orlando Sentinel previews Georgia Southern. This game at McGuirk could be pivotal for the Minutemen's 2017 schedule. Old foe Georgia Southern has been picked as a middle-of-the pack team in the Sun Belt Conference. UMass has yet to get an upset or beat anything other than bottom ten FBS teams. Beating the Eagles would show UMass is making progress. Georgia Southern should be a solid, but mid-level Group of five team. This would be a good win for us.

Note New Hampshire plays at Georgia Southern on September 9th.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Gatlin Grisso

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OK, Comcast had a extended outage this morning about 20 seconds after I posted the news-for-the-day.

I didn't get a chance to post Gatlin Grisso, a 6-1 185 pound Athlete from Aubrey, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps reports he averaged 10.9 yards/carry.

Also ran track.

Partial quote from Scout.com bio:

"2016: Grisso started both ways as a junior, when he gained 1,803 yards from scrimmage and scored 28 touchdowns. Grisso ran for 1,392 yards and 21 TD's on 9.7 yards per carry, while catching 16 passes for 411 yards and seven scores on 25.7 yards per grab. On defense, Grisso recorded 106 tackles, three interceptions (one TD), and three blocked kicks."

Besides UMass, Grisso has offers from Southern Mississippi, Washington State and Louisiana-Monroe.

Tuesday--May 30th, 2017

The Athens Post.com previews Ohio's non-conference schedule.

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South Carolina has a Jake Bentley hype video that has a couple of plays against the Minutemen.

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CBS New York says Victor Cruz's career seems to be heading for a sad end.

The Bears Wire reports Cruz says Chicago's receivers will benefit from him being on the roster.

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The Orlando Sentinel previews the Northern Illinois Huskies. If you missed it, Vegas Insider has Northern Illinois a 2 point favorite over Boston College on September 1st.

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Guardian Caps has a website. These are the anti-concussion caps UMass wears during practice.

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