Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday--October 30, 2014

Jean Sifrin was chosen the John Mackey TE-of-the-week for his performance at Toledo. Nice image of Jean.

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UMass A.D. John McCutcheon says Mark Whipple is positioning the Minuteman program for future success. Yes he is, and suddenly a conference bid no longer seems like wishful thinking.

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The Independent Collegian talks about Toledo's defense against UMass.

Quote from the article:"This isn’t an attack on Toledo’s D, which simply doesn’t match up with the talent level on UMass’ offensive side of the football, even at full strength."

In nine weeks things have really changed. The defense of the  consensus best team in the MAC, with full scholarships, is considered to have less talent than the Minutemen offense.

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The MAC Reporter Online ranks UMass 9th in conference power ratings.

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Keepers College Football ratings has UMass at #116. Hey we're ahead of UConn!

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Football Scoop says MAC cost-of-attendance puts everything in perspective.

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SI.com says vague college football playoff criteria is going to cause trouble.

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Article on Chelmsford HS band playing at UMass Band Day. An article on Band Day on the UMMB website here.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday--October 29th, 2014

The Toledo Blade thinks the Rockets defense did OK against UMass. Uh, that's one way to spin it.

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Campus Insiders rates the UMass-Toledo game as the most entertaining of the MAC games last Saturday.

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The MAC Conference and Boise State support paying athletes the full cost of attendance.

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East Carolina is the only "Group of Five" team in the initial College Football Playoff rankings.

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Kent State plays Toledo this Saturday and Flashes HC Paul Haynes says Toledo will be the best team Kent has played since Ohio State.

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More on Miami (Ohio)'s new indoor training facility.

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Blake Frohnapfel's old team is undefeated, but unlikely to make the College Football Playoffs.

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Sports Illustrated reports Victor Cruz is rehabbing his knee after surgery.

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This article says Michael Cox has been the lone bright spot on the NY Giants special teams. Cox's stats here.

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Video of a high school kicker hitting a 70-yard field goal. Unfortunately he's already signed by Oklahoma.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday--October 28th, 2014

Quotes from Coach Whipple on the weekly MAC teleconference.

Dan Malone reports Whipple does not give an injury update on Jovan Santos-Knox and Kessan Messiah.

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Blake Frohnapfel was named MAC East offensive player-of-the-week.

Dan Malone on Frohnapfel's second MAC offensive player-of-the-week honor.

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Jean Sifrin was named CFPA National TE-of-the-week. Sifrin so far in 2014 has gone 33-544 16.6 AVE 5 TD 76 LONG 68.0 yards/game. That's 54th nationally in receiving yards. Sifrin is 10th in the MAC in receiving yards/game

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Malone says Mark Whipple is not worried by the long two-week plus bye period.

Dan also says this year proves better days are coming for the UMass football program. Yes they are.

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Matty Vautour looks to see if there will be any changes after the Minutemen come back from their long break.

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Jesse Allen says big things can still happen in 2014, but lots of things would have to break right.

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The Toledo Blade says even with an injured ankle, Kareem Hunt was too much for UMass.

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Ben Roethlisberger donates $1 million towards a Miami (Ohio) indoor practice facility.

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ESPN reports 107 college football teams have been eliminated from the 2014 college football playoffs.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday--October 27th, 2014

BLAKE FROHNAPFEL WATCH

After the Toledo Frohnapfel's totals for 2014 are 132.2 EFF 213-392 54.3 % 2921 23 TD's 80 LONG 324.6 YARDS/game

Blake is 2nd in passing yards in FBS. Second in all of football!!!

He's 9th in passing yards per game.
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UMass is averaging 30.8 points/game. Last year we were #122 out of 125 teams with 11.7 points per game.

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Career passing completions

10. 221 Andrew McNeeley 92-95
11. 213 Blake Frohnapfel 2014

Career passing yards

8.   3131 Greg Landry 65-67
9.  2921 Blake Frohnapfel 2014
10. 2742 Jim Simeone 82-85

Career passing TD's

6. 27 Tim Day 02-05
7. 23 Noel Reebenacker 50-52
7. 23 Blake Frohnapfel 2014
8. 21 Jerry Welchel 62-65

Career pass completion %

9. 54.4 Greg Landry 65-67
10 54.3 Blake Frohnapfel 2014

Career passing efficiency

4. 134.1 Todd Bankhead 98-99
5. 132.2 Blake Frohnapfel 2014
6 124.9 Jeff Krohn 02-03

Career passing yards/game

1. 324.6 Blake Frohnapfel 2014
2. 250.6 Todd Bankhead 98-99

Most TD passes in a single game

5 Blake Frohnapfel 2014 (twice)
5 Liam Coen 2006
5 Matt Guice 2001
5 Richard Lucero 2000
5 Todd Bankhead 1998
5 Mike Fallon 1977

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Tajae Sharrpe is 4th in receiving yards.

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

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Frohnapfel says the rest of the season is about pride.

Dan Malone has an article on the post game video interviews.

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Ron Chimelis says Coach Whipple has made UMass football relevant again.

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Hustle Belt moves UMass up to 9th in  conference power ratings.

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Cleveland.com says Kareem Hunt kept the Rockets rolling.

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EMU stadium at kickoff. The announced crowd was 19,654.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday--October 26th, 2014

As I said in yesterday's pre-game post, UMass is still missing a few components to play with the top teams in the MAC. As usual, the offense was excellent. Frohnapfel's 438 yards was third-most in UMass history. The Minutemen were right in it until the end.

Toledo has run up big scores and big rushing totals against just about everyone they played. You can't really blame the defense. The game showed what we all knew: UMass still needs some improvement to win the MAC. The Rockets have an All-conference kicker and he was going to win the game at the end if allowed. The UMass defense made some big stops and two INT's, but we couldn't make one more in Toledo's last drive. Still, if you like football, that was an entertaining game, with lots of big plays on both sides.

The ESPN3 announcers were irritating homers and that was a blatant cheap shot that knocked Kassan Messiah out of the game.

Eleven of 79 voters in the scoring poll correctly picked the Rockets by 7 to 13.

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UMass write-up on the game.

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Dan Malone says UMass can't complete comeback and falls to Toledo.

Dan reports on Whipple's decision to let the Rockets score on the final drive.

Kevin Hunt lived up to the hype.

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Matty V. says the Minutemen put a scare into Toledo.

He reports UMass is still intent on finishing strong.

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A Hustle Belt writer says the Rockets rallied past UMass.

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abc40 says the UMass win streak stops in Toledo.

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The Blade said Toledo was good enough to get past UMass.

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The UMass Daily Collegian reports the UMass defense couldn't stop a late Toledo surge.

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All the MAC conference scores here.

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Catching up on the Minutemen's OOC schedule.

Boston college is 5-3
Vanderbilt is 2-6
Colorado is 2-6
Penn State is 4-3 (and lost to Ohio state in 2 OT's)

Boston college finishes with Louisville, Florida State and Syracuse. It could be tough for the Eagles to be bowl eligible. Penn State still has Maryland, Indiana, Temple, Illinois and Michigan State.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Game Day--Toledo October 25th, 2014

Wow, great football game. Frohnapfel threw for 445 yards and tied a UMass record for single game TD tosses with 5.

If Toledo is the best team in the league, the Minutemen are not far behind. We need a couple of studs on defense--- and a kicker.

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Coach Jimmie Reid used to say playing in big games was the reason to play football. Today's game against Toledo is the first big game of UMass' FBS era in the sense there is actually something actually riding on the outcome.

I'm pleasantly bemused by this because it's really too early in the Coach Whipple's second stint for a big game. The Rockets are starting more seniors on their offensive line than UMass has on on its entire squad. The Minutemen also really need a second tranche of Whipple's recruits.

I'm bemused because I think we have a chance in this game. Pass defense is not Toledo's strong suit and if Western Michigan can slow down the Rockets' offense, then the Minutemen's defense could do so too.

I enjoying UMass' upward move. Whipple's teams in the past have tended to keep improving as the season passes, and I think that same thing is happening this year. For the last two years I'd be dreading UMass playing the MAC's best team. This time I'm looking forward to it :)

Go UMass!!!

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UPDATE: Rocket RB Kareem Hunt expected to dress for the UMass game..

Dan Malone has when and where to catch today's game.

Dan says the stakes are raised for the Minutemen -Rockets game.

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Matty V. reports Toledo is the biggest game of UMass' season so far.

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Two Hustle Belt writers think Toledo will cover the spread of 17 points.

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The Boston Herald says UMass looks to shoot down the Rockets.

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The Toledo Blade says thanks to the Minutemen's passing game, UMass carries confidence into today's game.

Quote from the above article:“They look, honestly, like a whole different team,” UT left tackle Josh Hendershot said. “They do have a lot of confidence coming in, a lot more than I ever thought they would.
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Cleveland.com reports the Rockets look to remaining undefeated in MAC conference play.
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The MAC conference website has Game Day #9.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday--October 24th, 2014

Matty Vautour reports UMass puts its win streak on the line in Saturday's vistit to Toledo.

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MAC Reporter Online has the Minutemen ranked #10 in its latest conference power ratings.

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The Daily Collegian says UMass is looking for its third straight win at Toledo.

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Max Moore and Ian Davis of Hustle Belt talk smack about the Minutemen-Rockets matchup.

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The Times Online says Terry Swanson continues to shine for the Rockets.

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The Rockets have every offensive line coach's dream: five senior linemen.

LT John Hendershot 6-4 295
LG Jeff Meyers 63- 290
C Greg Mancz 6-5 300
RG Robert Lisowski 6-4 292
RT Chase Nelson 6-8 315


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WR Corey Jones 5-8 165 is the Rockets leading receiver. He's gone 48-535 11.1 AVE 2 TD's 64 LONG. His Toledo bio says he was a Scout.com four-star recruit.

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MLive writer David Drew picks the MAC winners for Week #9.

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Western Michigan was 0-6 at this time last year. This time, like UMass, the Broncos are hoping for a three game wining streak.

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Nick Saban explains the decision process: Kickoff or Receive?

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