Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recruiting 2016--Jason Rose

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UMass has offered to Jason Rose, a 6-4 225 pound QB/Athlete from Southington, CT.

247Sports page here.

This article features Rose and mentions the UMass offer.

Hudl.com has video.

In the Northeast Rose has offers from UConn, BC, Pitt, Temple, Syracuse and UMass. Also has offers from Wake Forest, NC State and Wisconsin.

Thursday--May 21st, 2016

Matty Vautour has "In honor of David Letterman: 10 rising UMass sophomores".

The list includes Sha-Ki Holines. The 6-3 260 pound SO had nine starts in twelve games. He went 34 TT 3.0 TFL 2.0 Sacks.

If UMass stays in the 3-4, and I think they will, the Minutemen's DL starters should be:

DE Peter Angeh JR 6-2 258
NT Robert Kitching III SR 6-1 307
DE Sha-Ki Holines RSO 6-3 260

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A Bleacher Report writer looks at Notre Dame's 2015 and puts UMass into the "sure thing" category.

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Louisana Tech explains their rational for adding UMass in 2016.

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Jesse Allen of Hustle Belt looks at UMass football from the prospective of a video game.

Another Hustle Belt writer looks at what would happen if Everett Golson transferred to teams in the MAC. He'd be second string at UMass, IMHO...

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Ryan Williams has a pessimistic outlook on Victor Cruz's torn patella tendon.

The Giants Beat says Cruz has been seen cutting at the Giants mini camp.

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A Bleacher Report writer predicts NIU to again win the MAC Championship.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday--May 20th, 2015

UMass center Matt Sparks has been named to the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List.

Dan Malone has an article on Sparks.

Sparks will be a senior this fall and should anchor a offensive line that should return all five starters (something we haven't seen for a while).

The starting O-line for November 14th, 2014 was:

LT Tyrell Smith 6-5 315 (23 career starts)
LG Fabian Hoeller 6-3 295 (15 career starts)
C Matt Sparks 6-4 280 (21 career starts)
RG Michael Boland 6-7 315 (12 career starts)
RT Elijah Wilkinson 6-4 315 (12 career starts)

The Minutemen offensive line gave up 28 sacks in 2014, which tied for 9th in the MAC. That probably was not bad given UMass led the league with 492 attempts. The line did less well in run blocking. The Minutemen were 11th in rush offense yards per game and 11th in yards per rush (3.4). Barring any injuries, the line should return intact and we would hope be a strength in 2015.

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Two other MAC centers were named to the Rimington Trophy watch list: Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan.

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247Sports looks at the top 25 college football teams in fastest play. UMass ties for 19th.

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Coach Golden had an article in American Football Monthly.

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NewsOK looks at the SEC's OOC schedule. A number of MAC teams play SEC opponents in 2015.

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Syracuse is bringing their iconic #44 out of retirement.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Recruiting 2016--Devron Davis

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JCFootball.com reports UMass has offered to Devron Davis a 6-0 205 pound Safety from Merced JUCO.

Partial quote from an May 17th article about Davis from JCFootball.com

"As a freshman last season, Davis locked down his side of the field, finishing with 33 tackles and three interceptions while helping to lead Merced to a 5-5 record. 

Davis will finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season. "

This article from March 2015 features Davis.

Hudl.com has video.

Besides UMass, Davis holds offers from Middle Tennessee State, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Louisville, Utah and Washington State.

Tuesday--May 19th, 2015

Well, yesterday after I finished the day's blog posts I:

  1. Practiced what I preached by rejoining the Gridiron Club for the 2015-2016 season.
  2. Called Phil Steel (their website wouldn't work for me) and ordered their College Football Preview.
Once June starts the rest of the college football preview mags should start coming out. 

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Hustle Belt looks at NIU's success given it's limited recruiting.

Hustle Belt also takes a look at the current status of MAC recruiting. UMass has the fourth fewest total offers, but has a high percentage of those still in play.

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MAC Conference on average, dropped around 1,300 fans per game in 2014.

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First Team All Big Ten DT Anthony Zettel tackles a tree to the ground.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Recruiting 2016--Robert Sanders

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JCFootball.com reports UMass is showing interest in Robert Sanders, a 5-10 172 pound Safety who played for JUCO American River last year.

Partial quote from a April 21st story on Sanders from JCFootball.com

"I've had a lot of schools contacting me and things have really picked up recently because a lot of coaches have been by our school to check out our players," Sanders told JCFootball.com. "The ones I have talked to are UMass, Colorado, Missouri and Cal Poly so far. 

"Things should ramp up the next few weeks. My coaches said a lot of schools will be by to see us and hopefully that's when I will start seeing offers." 

As a freshman for the Beavers last season, Sanders racked up 54 tackles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss, two fumble recoveries, and a team-leading six interceptions from his safety spot.

Hudl.com has some video from his American River games.

Monday--May 18th, 2015


About three days before I returned, the UMass website reported the UMass Gridiron Club will have their annual golfing day on August 5th. If you golf and haven't ever participated, it's a great way to interact with the coaches and former UMass players.

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The 2015 information about the Gridiron Club is here. Again, I urge all UMass football fans to join. Even if you can't do the $100 basic level, every contribution goes directly to UMass football, and every member strengthens the program in the political wars on campus. Make yourself feel good and irritate program's enemies in one swoop! Join today.

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On May 12th, Matty Vautour had a post about UMass adding Louisiana Tech to the Minutemen's 2016 schedule. Dan Malone also had a post on the report.

From the Louisiana Tech side, the Monroe Star reports on the game.

The LA Tech Blog "Underdog Dynasty" has a post on the game.

This is a good game for UMass fans. The Bulldogs went 9-5 last year. Note that LA Tech scored over 40 points eight times in 2014. Note also they hung 76 points on Rice. The Bulldogs also handled Illinois in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. There should be a lot of offense for UMass fans to enjoy.

UMass signed on recruit from Louisiana in it's 2015 class and has interest in another for 2016. The game should give the Minutemen some exposure in the the talent rich South.

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A Seahawks assistant coach says the spread offense is ruining college players.

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The Colorado Blog "The Ralphie Report" says Colorado will have new uniforms for 2015. I like 'em.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

UMass Football Blog returns tomorrow!

Hi everybody! Mrs Blog and I are home in New Hampshire.

The UMass football blog will resume regular operations tomorrow morning.

While we were gone there was lots of UMass news and we'll start talking about it --- as soon as I get over some of the jet lag :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blog Bulletin II

Good morning from LAX. Mrs Blog and I will be leaving this evening on a 15-hour flight to Cairns, Australia.

As I said last Wednesday, the UMass Football Blog will go on an about 28-day hiatus while we're in the South Pacific.

That means I'll miss the Spring Game for the first time since Coach Reid was here. Hopefully, Steve, or TopUMass Fan or Top Row will post a comment on how Ross Comis, A.J. Doyle and the other new QB's looked.

Everyone is still welcome to post comments, I'll moderate them when I get a chance.

I may post an image or two (Mrs Blog and I are supposed to ride a camel in the outback---that ought to be a circus!).

Anyway, the Blog will be back publishing regularly about May 15th or so, depending how jet lagged I am.

Go UMass!

UPDATE:

Good evening from Cairns. Looks like I made a good decision about the blog. Internet connections are very limited here in the South Pacific. Most hotels limit access to 1/2 hour. That's no way to run a blog. Hope everyone had fun at the Spring game. I'll check in when I get a chance.

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Dawn camel ride at Ayers Rock. Our camel was named "Trevor". Click on the image and Blogger supplies a larger image.

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Gettin' up close and personal with a croc at Kakdu National Park.


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Mrs Blog feeds a Forester Kangaroo outside of Hobart, Tasmania.


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Remember in LOTR, when the Nazgul crossed the river Loudwater?


Here we are at the same spot. The whole town on Queenstown showed up to watch the filming. Prior to shooting the sequence, the ringwraiths rode up and down the river waiving to kids, which does not fit their image :)


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They speak English in New Zealand, but it's a tad different.



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Bula! Everyone. That and vinaka are the only two fijian words I know so far. Our trip is over in a day or so. 


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Wednesday--April 15th, 2015

The UMass website has a post on Friday's Spring Game. There'll be tailgating, a meet and greet session with new A.D. Ryan Bamford, an autograph session and more.

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I've blogged before about UMass offering to Lincoln HS player Frank Darby. This article talks about Lincoln's pipeline to college football.

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College coaches want to do away with the fifth-year transfer rule that allowed Blake Frohnapfel to come to UMass.

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Students made up 40% of Central Michigan's total home crowd in 2014.

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Eastern Kentucky wants to move to FBS and join the MAC or the Sun Belt conference.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Recruiting 2016---Michael Dwonfour

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NJ.com reports UMass has offered to Michael Dwonfour, a 6-1 275 pound strongside defensive end from DePaul Catholic in New Jersey.

NJ.com article here.

Rivals.com page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial Quote from a April 7th, 2015 article about Dwonfour article on Scout.com:

Although Dwumfour is an impressive player with a combination of strength and explosion, many colleges seem hesitant to offer because he is 6-foot-1.

He said Rutgers “have not said anything about an offer,” but he knows the Scarlet Knights are interested.

“I guess (Panagos) likes my lower body and how strong I am in terms of my squat and my dead lift,” Dwumfour said. “I think he likes how I’m explosive.”

Besides UMass, Dwonfour has offers from Army, Boston College, Temple, Wake Forest and Florida Atlantic.

Tuesday--April 13th, 2015

From Coach Whip by e-mail:


Your UMass Minutemen football team has been working hard this spring, getting ready for a great season.

We've been on the field morning and night, working toward our goal of winning the MAC Championship and earning a bowl bid in 2015.

You've supported our team as a ticket buyer. We want you to get an early look at how the 2015 team is shaping up. (If you haven't locked in your season tickets for this year yet, now's a great time.)

Come out to our Spring Game Friday night at McGuirk Stadium and get a look at how the team is shaping up. Gates open at 6 p.m. We'll start our inter-squad game at 7 p.m.

Admission is free. And everyone who attends will walk away with a UMass Football T-shirt or tank top that you can wear to show your UMass pride all summer.

See you there.

We Win Together!

Coach Whip

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Dan Malone has a post on new UMass RB coach Darrius Smith.

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Former UMass OL Rich Queen is in Spring Football at Liberty University.

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ESPN Cleveland looks at the NFL draft potential of Jean Sifrin.

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Victor Cruz describes the Dallas Cowboys in one word.

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Chi-scout looks at the play of Vladimir Ducasse.

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