Wednesday, January 16, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Cameron Roberson comits to UMass

Cameron Roberson, a 6-0 190 pound WR from Bakersfield College has Tweeted he's committed to UMass.

I've blogged about Roberson before.


UMass Football News--January 16th, 2019

UMass loses its defensive coordinator to Arkansas State almost before he unpacked in Amherst. Story here.

Nobody said it would be easy. Bell will find another guy.


Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has some football news and notes.


Former UMass assistant coach Eddy Morrissey (2004-2005) has joined the Austin Peay staff as OL coach.


In Recruiting news:

UMass target TE Tyler Devera is expected to take an OV to Colorado. The article mentions his OV to UMass.

I've blogged about Devera twice before.

UMass target LB Josh Slay talks about his recent offer from Villanova.

I've blogged about Slay before.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Logan Darby comits to UMass

I just blogged about Logan Darby yesterday. He has Tweeted he's committed to UMass. 

Darby's a safety, a position of need for the Minutemen.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on last weekend's recruiting visits including Darby.

UMass Football News--January 15th, 2019

This short article from Gwinnett Sports mentions new UMass offensive line coach Micah Jones. Mill Creek is one of Georgia’s biggest high schools in a suburban Atlanta county full of power house programs. Hopefully, Jones will be able to do some recruiting in that talent-rich area.

Thanks to the blog reader who sent me the link and description of his high school.


Josh Walfish on former UMass coach Mark Whipple being hired as offensive coordinator and QB coach for Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Sport Now evaluates Whipple's offense.

All UMass fans wish Whipple good luck at his new position. He gave UMass its National Championship and righted the program after the Molnar train wreck. Let's hope he prospers there.


News Star evaluates Louisiana Tech's 2019 schedule. Tech has gone to five straight bowl games and handled Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl 33-14.


NY Giants site "Big Blue" has a podcast about WR's in the 2019 draft and considers Andy Isabella.


Monday, January 14, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Logan Darby

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Logan Darby, a 6-0 190 pound Safety from Southwest College has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

This article from October of 2018 features Darby.

Darby also has an offer from Akron.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Jared Martino verbals to UMass

UPDATE: Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on Martino's joining the Minutemen. It includes some quotes from the Malden native.

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 Jared Martino, a 6-1 220 pound RB from Malden, MA has Tweeted he's verbaled to UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

This article from December 2018 features Martino.

Martino also had an offer from Sacred Heart.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

UMass Football News---January 12th, 2019

UMass adds a series with New Mexico and changes the dates of two future games.

The UMass-New Mexico contract.

The Lobos are a member of the Mountain West conference. They went 3-9 overall (including a 43-52 loss to Liberty) and 1-7 in the Mountain West.

UMass will play at Dreamstyle stadium on October 3rd, 2020.

Dreamstyle Stadium
The complete 2020 schedule is here.

Besides football playing all-New-Mexico, Minutemen hoops might meet at some future date either the Lobos or the Aggies.


Neal Brown says the coaching bug kicked in at UMass.

A Journal (newspaper) writer grades Brown's hire as a "Wow!".


Raiders Wire says Andy Isabella could be a target for Oakland.


UMass football was #6 in teams that had the biggest drop in point differential (points scored minus points allowed).


Friday, January 11, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Cameron Roberson

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The UMass 247Sports site has Cameron Roberson, a 5-11 190 pound WR from Bakersfield College visiting UMass today.

247Sports two-star player. has video.

Bakersfield bio has stats.

This article from August of 2018 has some quotes from Roberson.

UMass is the first offer for Roberson.

UMass Football News--January 11th, 2019

UMass adds Micah Jones as an assistant OL coach. Jones' UCF bio.


Also joining the UMass staff will be Cedric Douglas. He will be coaching the DL.  Douglas' Arkansas State bio.


Louisiana Tech announces their 2019 schedule including a home game against UMass on October 12th.


TribLive says Neal Brown brings a strong track record to West Virginia. The story has quotes from Brown about learning offense from Coach Whipple.


Pro Football Focus has Andy Isabella the 6th best player in college football in 2018.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

UMass Football News--January 10th, 2019

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports on UMass RB Bilal Ally returning the UMass roster. He also reports the Minutmen's top 2019 signee Jaylin Bannerman has reopened his recruiting. Details here.

As I said yesterday, Ally returning is a big deal because without him UMass was down to one FBS-level running back. Ally has two years left, so he'll share carries with Jordan Fredericks this year. He could be the featured back in 2020.

Losing Bannerman is tough. He was the top-rated recruit in the first signing period. Bannerman was a rush defensive end, a type of player the Minutemen currently do not have on the roster. I would assume the defensive end position will continue to be a priority for the new coaching staff.

There is no sense speculating what went wrong. Sometimes it's just not a good fit for both parties.


USA Today has final grades for all 130 FBS teams in 2018.


Marquis Young will play in the East-West Shrine game on January 19th. The game will be available on the NFL Network.


College football coaches are calling for changes to the targeting rule.