Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Tuesday--September 1st, 2015

Dan Malone has a podcast with Mark Chiarelli about UMass camp news and more.

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Dan has ten players who need to step up for the 2015 campaign.

UMass picked up two first-place votes in the MAC coaches poll. Dan has some comments.

Malone has notes for Monday's practice. Coach Whipple says James Oliphant has been playing well and may make the two-deep.

The Sun Belt Conference picks up Coastal Carolina.

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Matty Vautour also has a post on Oliphant as well as the defensive backfield as a whole. New players Jordan Hamilton and Kelton Bracket join the group getting regular rotation.

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Hustle Belt looks at the current 2016 MAC recruiting results.

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Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian says the Minutemen are looking for Robert Kitching to anchor UMass' defensive line.

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MLive thinks Western Michigan may go bowling this year.

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Sports Illustrated has Notre Dame's TV schedule and starting times.

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Hustle Belt previews the Stony Brook-Toledo game. As I've mentioned here a couple of times, former UMass RB Stacey Bedell leads the Sea Wolves.

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The Montgomery Adviser features former UMass player and coach Neal Brown in his new role as HC at Troy.

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The Lansing State Journal previews Michigan State-Western Michigan.

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The Colorado blog "Ralphie Report" previews the Buffs 2015 schedule and predicts a one to two TD win over UMass.

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Sports Chat Place has Florida International a 16.5 point underdog for UCF.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Recruiting 2016--Randy Alay verbals to UMass

Kohl's kicking image
The MAC Blog Hustle Belt reports Randy Alay, a 6-0 220 pound kicker has verbaled to UMass.

Kohlskicking.com page here.


Bob McGovern had a post on Alay back on July 20th.

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Monnday--August 31st, 2015

I took some images of the new UMass uniforms about two weeks ago. I was asked to hold them until after Media day. The new unis are really nice.

Click on the image for a larger view.









UMass helmet details

Don't forget the shoes!



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Dan Malone talks about the difficult 2016 season. A four-win season next year means the Minutemen could have a team that would have contended for the MAC east title.

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Lukas Kotler is subject of five questions from Dan Malone. I once talked with a US Olympic coach. He said the best thing about the fall of communism was "Only one German team!" Lots of good athletes in Deutschland.

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Lorenzo Woodley would like to have a big year for the Minutemen.

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Jarell Addo and Conner Lemieux are featured in this story by the Sentinel & Enterprise.

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Anthony Dima was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs.

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ABC News picks Toledo over UMass in the MAC Championships.

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Former UMass star and current Kennesaw State A.D. Vaughn Williams is helping his college start football.

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Hustle Belt has the Minutemen as #6 in their preseason MAC power rankings.

Husker Extra predicts UMass #2 in the MAC East.

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USA Today previews all of the college football conferences.

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The Colorado Buffs have released their depth chart for the Hawaii game.

Mike MacIntyre is ready to lead the Buffs through walls.

The Buffs see light at the end of the tunnel.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday--August 30th, 2015


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Dan Malone has a post on coach Whipple talking practice and scheduling.

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South Carolina adds three opponents to its 2016 schedule.

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I checked on Wagner, our FCS opponent in 2016, in Phil Steele's FCS magazine. Phil has the Seahawks as #63 in 128 FCS teams in 2015. They're ranked ahead of Colgate, Holy Cross, Rhode Island and Central Conn. State, who've we have played in the past. In 2014 Wagner played Florida International and lost 3-24. This year they play two FBS games: Rice and BYU.

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The Worcester Telegram says UMass is upbeat in Whipple's second year.

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Hustle Belt continues its "Top 70" MAC players with #7 Tajae Sharpe.

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Notre Dame Insider predicts Irish 48-Minutmen 10.

Lots of optimistic win totals from Notre Dame blog "One foot down".

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Buffalo News previews the Bulls 2015 schedule.

They also say the MAC is loaded with individual talent and mention Blake Frohnapfel and Tajae Sharpe.

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The Valley News looks at teams that could go from bad to bowling and UMass is one of them.

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A Cleveland.com writer looks at the Ohio Bobcats and refers to UMass as having a "juggernaut" offense.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday--August 29th, 2015

The #2 quarterback poll finished yesterday with 90 votes. The results:

Ross Comis  64 votes 71%
Austin Whipple 15 votes 16.6%
Randall West  7 votes 7.7%
James Sosinski 4 votes 4%

I haven't seen Comis in a game situation, but it seems he is playing well in camp. Things would have to get  really bad to play true freshman Sosinski and break his redshirt.

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2016 college football starts today! I assume college football fans have this link to all the TV games.

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UMass adds South Carolina (gulp) and Wagner to an already challenging 2016 schedule. We are joining a league----it's the SEC!.

Dan Malone has a post on the changes to the 2016 schedule.

Minutemen A.D. Ryan Bradford discusses the 2016 and future schedules.

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The Minutemen showed off their new uniforms during Thursday's Media Day and Dan Malone says the team really likes the changes.

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Meanwhile, the UMass defense is doing their best to piss off the offense.

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Dan Malone has five questions with UMass assistant coach Spencer Whipple.

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Dan reports on the status of Da'Sean Downey.

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Jackson Porter gets moved to wide receiver.

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Matty Vautour has news and notes from a busy end of the week.

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Emil Igwenagu is in a battle for the fullback slot with the Lions.

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Patriots.com has an article on Australians in the NFL and mentions UMass recruit Travis Reynolds.

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OT, but UMass will also be adding the Gamecocks to its hoops schedule. South Carolina went 17-16 in 2014 and were 6-12 in the SEC.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday--August 28th, 2015

Dan has a comment UMass Football video pump-up. As he says, it's well done.


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Brandon Mangram, a 5-11 174 pound freshman DB is the latest subject of Dan's five questions.

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Matty Vautour has some notes from yesterday's Media Day question-and-answer session with Coach Whipple.

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Da'Sean Downey will be arraigned in conjunction with a fight at a house party last October.

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Anthony Chiusano of the Collegian catches up with Joe Colton.

Colton's UMass bio.

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The Boston Herald says UMass defensive backs are eager to boost the Minutemen.

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The Boston Globe says Kelton Brackett has found a new life at UMass.

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Cleveland.com has five things about the Toledo Rockets.

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The Colorado Buffs will have a new kicking combo this season.

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The Miami Herald features the Florida International running backs.

Alex Garnder's FIU bio. Anthon Samuel's FIU bio.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Recruiting 2015--Ekpen Iduoze


Bob McGovern on Maroon Musket reports UMass has added Ekpen Iduoze, a 6-3 326 pound NT to this year's roster.

Iduoze will not be eligible until 2016, but is practicing with the team.

Coming out of Milford Academy in 2012, he was a Rivals two-star recruit.


Iduoze's Milford Highlight video above.

Played one year for Rhode Island.

Coming out of Milford Academy, Iduoze had offers from Ball State, Colorado, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Western Michigan.

Thursday--August 27th, 2015

Dan Malone has five questions with Australian recruit Travis Reynolds. There are a lot of good athletes down under. With Rodney Mills graduating this year, the TE position should be totally open in 2016. Reynolds has the size and athleticism to be a contender for a starting position.

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Dan also has a story on Shane Huber looking to get back on the field. Huber and Jovan Santos-Knox should give the Minutemen a strong up-the-middle in a 3-4 defense. Our front seven on defense has probably been our weakest area since the move to FBS. That's starting to change. It's got to change as we transition to an independent schedule. Now if UMass can get some pass rush off the edges...

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Dan also has a picture gallery from Wednesday's practice.

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Rodney Mills
Speaking of the TE position, Matty Vautour has a post about Rodney Mills and Logan Laurent.

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Hustle Belt continues its Top Seventy MAC players countdown with #8 Blake Frohnapfel.

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Collegian writer Anthony Chiusano has an article on the Minutemen linebackers.

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ABC Sports has six teams coming off a bad season that have a chance to go bowling: one of them is UMass. What a difference one year with coach Whipple makes.

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Mile High Sports says the Colorado Buffs should be happy with six wins and they include UMass in that category.

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The Indy Star reports Ball State has reasons for optimism.

MLive says it's time for Western Michigan to win big.

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College football starts this Saturday with North Dakota State vs Montana.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Recruiting 2016--Kolton Huber II

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I've blogged about Kolton Huber, a 6-1 200 pound WR from St. Peter's Prep in New Jersey before. He's the younger brother of Shane Huber.

He a 247Sports three-star player.

This article from NJ.com updates his recruiting. Note former UMass star E. J. Barthel is recruiting Huber for Rutgers.

Huber was the focus of this article from November of last year.

Huber holds offers from Syracuse, UConn, Kansas, Buffalo and UMass.

Wednesday--August 25th, 2015

UMass offers multiple options for Notre Dame travel packages.

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Dan Malone has five questions with new UMass TE coach Steve Costello.

Costello was a four-year letter winner for the Minutemen (2001, '02,'03 and '04). He was also Captain in 2004.

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Matty Vautour reports Tajae Sharpe vs Randall Jette helps both of them prepare for their senior season.

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Anthony Chiusano of the Daily Collegian says Jamal Wilson is confident he'll be the lead TB in UMass' arsenal.

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The Vanderbilt Blog "Anchor of Gold" remembers last year's game against UMass.

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UMass transfer Stacey Bedell is looking to lead the Stony Brook offense this year.

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The Miami Redhawks will be UMass' last home game of the 2015 season. Cleveland.com looks at a day in the Redhawks training camp. The article also has links to more Miami-related articles.

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Today's U has five reasons Florida International will go bowling this season.

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Pacific Takes says Colorado is looking for a defensive restoration.

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Victor Cruz believes he'll be ready for the Giants' opener.

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