How will the Minutemen alums do in the NFL? Partially, it depends on staying healthy. I thought Rob Blanchflower had the talent to play for the Steelers, but he couldn't stay healthy.
Whipple called Marken Michel "Our best player". When he got hurt in the middle of last season, the Minutemen offense suddenly lost a lot of its spark. I think Michel and Jette have the talent to play to play in the CFL if they don't stick in the NFL. Frohnapfel is usually the smartest guy in the building, so he'd be an excellent reserve/unoffical coach for an NFL team.
140. Tennessee Titans: Tajae Sharpe, Wide Receiver, UMass. Sharpe is tall and runs crisper routes than many collegiate receivers. It’s tempting to pencil him in as a mid-major steal as a possession receiver, but Sharpe has small hands and poor overall pass-catching skills. He had a chance to make scouts fall in love with him at the Senior Bowl but dropped some passes and didn’t look smooth or elusive as a receiver. He maxes out as a roster body. The Titans' big draft is really feeling like a letdown. Grade: D+
Sharpe was one of the top receivers in catches made/per opportunity in the nation. He impressed scouts in the Senior bowl practices. I watched the entire Senior Bowl and he caught everything they threw at him. He also made a nice special teams tackle. Mike, don't quit your day job...
It would be nice if the faculty senate got off their hobby horse about UMass football. Even though the motion was roundly defeated, this annual dog-and-pony show can't help UMass athletics. As I scan through the Google news-sphere I find numerous press factoids about "UMass is thinking about..." when no one was and the motion wasn't binding anyway.
None of those sports news bites will be corrected either. Let's hope we don't have to go through this every year.
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