Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday--November 25th, 2014

Blake Frohnapfel
Blake Frohnapfel has won the Bulger Lowe Award. Presented by the Gridiron Club of Boston, it's often referred to as the "New England Heisman". The Gridiron Club of Boston's website. Previous year's award winners.

Previous UMass recipients were:


Kole Ay - 2000 - Defense
Khari Samuel - 1998 - Defense
Rene Ingoglia - 1995 - Offense
Dave Palazzi - 1988 - Offense
Garry Pearson - 1982 - Offense (fixed)
Greg Landry - 1967
Jerry Whelchel - 1964

That's a pretty good group folks!

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Mark Whipple's quotes from yesterday's MAC Conference teleconference.

Dan Malone reviews Whipple's talking points.

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UMass has Todd Stafford taking reps at QB to back up Austin Whipple for Friday's game.

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Minutemen center Matt Sparks says the UMass OL needs to help Austin Whipple to be successful.

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The Boston Globe says UMass wants to finish the season on a high note.

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Sports Chat Place says Buffalo wins Friday "with ease"

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Keepers College Football Ratings says the Minutemen by 5.56.

Vegas Insider has UMass by 7.

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Matt Stewart of the Leominster Sentinel & Enterprise looks back at covering UMass football. Mentions former UMass greats and current UMass freshman Jerell Addo.

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NIU and Western Michigan meet for the MAC East Championship Friday.

Ohio has a bowl bid on the line against Miami.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday--November 24th, 2014

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Mrs Blog and I may hit the Hadley Mall after the game...

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The Buffalo Bulls team is upset by the cancellation of their game against Kent Stat. Defensive lineman Kristjan Sokoli says "A win against UMass will solve everything for us".

The Bulls keep their opponents guessing about run or pass.

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The Minutemen's loss to Akron, dropped UMass to 9th in the Hustle Belt MAC power rankings.

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After Saturday's games, UMass is still tied for second in the MAC east. Scroll down on the MAC Conference page to get the standings.

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James Ihedigbo says the Lions still have a great defense. Ihedigbo had one INT against the Pats and just missed another.

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Full FCS playoff bracket here. UNH got a bye in the first round as CAA champs.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday--November 23rd, 2014

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Randall Jette in 2014 has gone 30 UT 22 AT 58 TT (fifth on the team) 0.5-0 TFL 4-49 INT (leads team) 14 BKUP 18 PD 1 FF. That's 3rd in the nation in passes defended per game.

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In the only MAC game yesterday, Ball State beat EMU 45-30.

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Monmouth QB Brandon Hill, a UMass transfer went 13-29 161 in his final collegiate game , a victory over Gardner Webb

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The Detroit Free Press reports James Ihedigbo learned his work ethic from his immigrant parent's time in Amherst.

Bill Belichick says James Ihedigbo is important to the Lions defense.

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UNH turned the ball over six times, but squeaked out a 20-12 win over Maine to win the CAA title yesterday.

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Ladainian Tomlinson's collegiate rushing single game record of 406 yards stood for 15 years---and now it's been broken two weeks in a row.

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon could break Barry Sanders' single season NCAA rushing record.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday--November 22nd, 2014

Dan Malone reports Austin Whipple said "I need to play better". Blake Frohnapfel watched Friday's practice on crutches...

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Matty Vautour reports Austin Whipple is hoping to improve in his second game.

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Hustle Belt previews today MAC conference game between Eastern Michigan and Ball State.

Ball State's 3-7 season is causing the Cardinal's head coach Pete Lembo's stock to drop.

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UConn coach Bob Diaco says Husky football was a giant mess---and now it's a smaller mess.

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BC gets #1 Florida State today.

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Longtime rivals UNH and Maine square off in Orono. A win will give UNH an undefeated FCS season and a #1 seed going into the FCS playoffs.

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A ESPN Poll says most college coaches favor an eight team playoff.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday--November 21, 2014

The MAC Conference has canceled Buffalo-Kent State. Dan Malone has a story about the cancellation.

Buffalo players react to the cancellation.

Blame Kent State's equipment truck driver.

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Jovan Santos-Knox is having a monster season.

Single season record

Total Tackles:

1. 140.5 Kole Ayi 1998 (15 games)
2. 136.5 Khari Samuel 1998 (15 games)
3. 129.0 Jovan Santos-Knox 2014 (11 games)
4. 123.0 Justin Riemer 1996 (11 games)

He's fourth in the nation in tackles/game. Note Stanley Andre is 20th.

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Coach Whipple is in the middle of the pack in head coaches compensation.

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Western Michigan's HC P.J. Fleck has been named a semi-finalist for the Maxwell Coach of the Year.

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Jerron Seymour a RB at Vanderbilt who had 57 yards and a TD against UMass last year, has been dismissed from the team.

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USA Today says rugby punts are bounding through college football.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday--November 20th, 2014

The Boston Globe said UMass football was in a deep freeze in Akron.

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The Fresno Bee reports Akron QB Kyle Pohl and the Akron Zips beat UMass.

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UMass trainer Jennifer Brodeur gets a number of quotes in this article on high school football helmets.

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Toledo beat Bowling Green last night to keep their hope of a MAC West title alive.

Hustle Belt said that's five in a row for the the Rockets over Bowling Green.

Because of the snow emergency in Buffalo the Bulls game against Kent State was postponed.

More on the postponed game here and here.

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Blake Frohnapfel's old team, undefeated Marshall is looking to prove itself against top competition.

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The Detroit News says James Ihedigbo is thriving with the Lions.

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OT: but after losing 72-40 to John Calipari's Kentucky team Kansas' head coach Bill Self says the Wildcats could go undefeated. Includes a quote from Calipari about his UMass teams.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday--November 19th, 2014

Well, UMass lost to Akron who looked bigger, stronger and faster. The defense blew one coverage, but other than that the Minutemen were obviously trying to keep the Zips in front of them. Late in the game the announcers said Akron had 60-something plays and 40 of them were on the Minutemen side of the field. The defense forced two fumbles and competed all night.

Our kicking game was terrible, as usual. We missed an extra point and had an eight-yard punt.

Without Frohnapfel, the UMass offense was anemic. Austin Whipple threw three INT's. The Zips defense controlled the line of scrimmage and then some. Time after time, Akron blew up running plays. The Minutemen had 67 yards rushing.  The Zips front seven looked a lot faster than the UMass offense. Whipple only had one sack, but was hurried on many plays.

So we learned (I learned) what we already knew: Coach Whipple still has a number of pieces missing from a winning team. He needs a couple of more recruiting classes.

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Not a lot of press coverage for a Tuesday night game.

UMass write-up on the game.

The Zips website says Akron cruised by the Minutemen.

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Dan Malone says UMass was out-manned and overmatched.

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The Hampshire Gazette said Austin Whipple and UMass struggled in the Akron cold.

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The UMass Daily Collegian reports UMass fell 30-6 at Akron.

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Ohio.com has observations on the Zips 30-6 win.

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In the other MAC game last night, NIU beat the Ohio Bobcats 24-14.

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ESPN looks at Texas Tech who is struggling with a 3-7 season. Their coach says they're focusing on the future. You know you're having a bad season when your defensive coordinator shows up drunk for a morning staff meeting...

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