Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Recruiting 2015-- Diasjon Robinson

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NJ.com reports UMass has offered to Diasjon Robinson, a 6-1 270 DT from Lincoln HC in New Jersey.

Story about the UMass offer here.

247Sports page here.


UMass is the first offer from Robinson. Drawing interest from UConn, West Virginia, Penn State, Pitt and Wake Forest.

Spring Game Day--April 16th, 2014

It snowed here last night....

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Depth chart for tonight's game
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Dan Malone reports on the end of Spring camp.

He also has video and Spring Game preview and expected starters.

Dan has five questions with Tajae Sharpe.

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Matty V. has Mark Whipple and UMass are ready for the Spring Game.

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Jimmie Kelley of Hustle Belt previews the UMass Spring Game.

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Mark Borges of the Boston Herald says Mark Whipple helps UMass get better.

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Max Moore of Hustle Belt looks at Rob Blanchflower's NFL Draft chances.

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Hope to see a lot of UMass fans at the game tonight.

Go UMass!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday--April 15th, 2014

More news about the UMass Spring Game from the Minutemen website here.

The game will be streamed live over the internet through the CBS All-Access Video Player. That'll help the fans who have to work and can't make the drive.

The weather is going to turn cool and windy tomorrow. Everyone bring some warm clothes to layer on.

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Dan Malone has a story about Blake Lucas looking for a rebound season. The collapse of the Minuteman kicking game, kicking and punting was a real negative in 2013.

Blake Lucas probably has the inside track on kicking.

Also on the team this year are:

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Football Scoop has  27 nuggets from the 2014 college football schedule.

16. Massachusetts is the only team in college football to schedule all four of its non-conference games against Power Five foes. Mark Whipple's Minutemen open with Boston College and Colorado at home, and then visit Vanderbilt and Penn State. 

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A Colorado beat writer takes a series of questions about the Buff's 2014 season and mentions UMass a couple of times.

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Hustle Belt looks at Kent State's Roosevelt Nix's NFL Draft chances.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday--April 14th, 2014

Dan Malone reviews the UMass WR video here. I did a post on the video and the Minutemen receiving corps back on last Wednesday.

As Dan points out, the offensive production of the receivers was flat out bad in 2013. Receiving yards fell from 2244 in 2012 to 1877 in 2014.

Dan also has five questions with Shakur Nesmith. Shakur's UMass bio here.

Nesmith is blessed with a NFL-sized body at 6-4 200 pounds. However, two career catches won't impress any scouts. Nesmith has the chance to be an impact player for the Minutemen, but we'll have to see how his desire and work ethic shows in the next four years.

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Dan also has five questions with Shadrach Abrowah. His UMass bio here. In addition to a great football name, Abrowah is a powerlifter. That's my game, but right now I'm more of a bench-only guy.

Abrowah ran well when given the chance. He should be in the mix for FB, short yardage and the goal line offense.

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Dan has a post on the helmet-cam video of Trey Dudley-Giles.

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Hustle Belt has a feature on Khalil Mack who's about to usher in a new age of Mid-Major players in the NFL. Sorta like Victor Cruz :)

Matt Daily of Hustle Belt looks a Bowling Green safety Boo-Boo Gates chances in the NFL draft.

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ESPN has a story on what was learned from Penn State's game.

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Colorado names it's captains for 2014. Yesterday I watched the Buffs spring game on DVR. A little over 6,000 fans showed up to see the game.

In other news from Colorado, the Centennial State's first marijuana vending machine is about to start operation.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday-- April 13th, 2014

The UMass Spring Game has an official poster.

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The weather for Wednesday is supposedly cooler so dress warm. According to the poster, the UMMB will be there plus the UMass cheerleaders.

Hope to see a lot of UMass fans at the game.

In addition, I read somewhere on the UMass website, that 2014 schedule posters will be available.


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The UMass website also has video of UMass DB Trey Dudley-Giles with a helmet-cam for one of last week's practices.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Recruiting 2015-- Tanner Kern

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NJ.com reports UMass is showing interest in Tanner Kern, a 6-4 300 pound OL from Xavier HS in CT.

This article from NJ.com has updates on his recruiting.

247Sports says Kern visited UMass during Junior Day.

Hudl.com has video highlights.

Kern was the top offensive lineman at the NUC Five Star East event.


Saturday--April 12th, 2014

Dan Malone reports that former UMass QB Mike Wegzyn will join the Tennessee Volunteers. Good luck to Mike. Hope he has a successful two years with Tennessee.

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Marshall's Rakeem Cato is seeing more reps in spring ball due to Blake Frohnapfel's transfer to UMass.

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Toledo is having a quarterback battle this spring. On October 10th, the Minutemen will have their first ever visit to the Rockets.

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The Detroit News says James Ihedigbo brings a champion's work ethic to Lions.

The Macomb says Ihedigbo will step up as a leader.

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Colorado will visit Gillette on September 9th; QB depth is not a strength with the Buffs.

The Buffs spring game is today. Channel 409 on Dish has the Pac 10 Network.

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Penn State's spring game is also today. This article has viewing options.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday--April 11th, 2014

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Matty V. is back with a story featuring the UMass linebackers.

There will be some new faces available for the Minutemen linebacker corps. Trey Seals will be rushing the passer standing up. At 6-4 231, he's more of a linebacker size than a DE in FBS football.

Da'Sean Downey 6-5 240 is an early enrollee in the 2014 recruiting class. Again, he has BCS size and could be a future starter.

John Robinson-Woodget 6-2 225 played in 10 games in 2013, but has been getting favorable mentions  during spring practice.

Steve Casali and Shane Huber are still recovering from injuries suffered last fall. UMass could have enough depth this year to have some defensive packages like Brown used. The Minutemen struggled playing the 3-4 last year, especially with run stopping. That's going to be an issue this year as the starting defensive line is going to be very light by even MAC standards.

If UMass had to play a game next week, I would think the starting inside LB's would be Stanley Andre 6-2 240 and Jovan Santos-Knox 6-2 240. The two outside LB's could be Kassan Messiah 6-4 225 and John Robinson-Woodget.

Other LB's seeking to contribute this year are:

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The UMass website has video and a story from the Football Team's taking part in the Autism Speaks 5k run/walk.

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More on Brandon Hill and Kevin Morris' reunion at Monmouth.

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OT, but Michigan is looking for a "high mid-major" hoops team for a home-and-home. Four slots on the UMass slate are open now that we are not playing MAC teams.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Recruiting 2014--- Emmett Odegard

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The latest iteration of the UMass Spring roster lists Emmett Odegard as #62.

He's a 5-11, 215 pound LS from Greenwich, CT.

This article features Odegard.

Rubio long snapping has a post on Odegard verbaling to UMass.

Thursday--April 10th, 2014

Brandon Hill and Kevin Morris reunite at Monmouth spring football.

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Former UMass player Peter McCarty has been hired at UNH. McCarty's bio when he was coaching at Fordham.

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ESPN says if you can play, NFL scouts will find you no matter where you are.

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Victor Cruz would like to think of himself as a brand.

Cruz and football are in fashion.

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In news from 2014 OOC opponent Penn State, a PA court is questioning the NCAA's penalties in the Sandusky case.

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Athlon Sports has five Vanderbilt players who will have big roles in 2014.

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Boston College adds another Massachusetts recruit.

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