Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Recruiting 2015--Jordin Hamilton

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Several sources report UMass has added Jordin Hamilton, a 5-11 185 pound DB from Scottsdale Community College in Arizona to its 2015 recruiting list.

Dan Malone has a story on Hamilton here.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a Scout.com article published yesterday:


Coach Hamilton says, "Jordin was offered by UMass last night and signed his scholarship papers today. He will attend UMass this Fall."

Hamilton will have four years to play three for the Minutemen.

Coach Hamilton finishes, "Jordin has been blessed with this great opportunity. I am very proud of my son. UMass is a great landing spot for him. He will get to play D1 football in front of family and pursue a degree from one of the top sports management programs in the country. Our family is so thankful. I am definitely a proud father."

Jordin's father Conrad Hamilton played six years in the NFL.

Wednesday--April 1st, 2015

Dan Malone reports on UMass seniors Stanley Andre and Daniel Maynes and their participation in UMass' Pro Day.

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A Broncos blog has a story about Jean Sifrin. A Broncos scout was at UMass' Pro Day.

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Matty Vautour has a story about Randall Jette and motivation for the 2015 season.

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Comcast Sports of Chicago reports HC Chuck Martin has the Miami Redhawks trending up.

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Coach Whipple will speak at the 53rd annual banquet of the Western Mass Chapter of the NFL Foundation and the College Hall of Fame on April 12th.

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Hustle Belt continues its series of pre-season predictions, this time with Eastern Michigan. The writer picks the Eagles over UMass. So far in these previews, only Kent State admitted they might lose to the Minutemen.

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College football adds two more bowls. That'll be 42...

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday--March 31st, 2015





Jean Sifrin's March 30th 2015 Pro Day.

Dan Malone reports Jean Sifrin improved most of his previous stats from the NFL Combine. Sifrin ran an unofficial 4.75, which was a full .1 of a second faster than his Combine time. That would have put him 3rd among TE's at the Combine.

Matty Vautour reports on UMass players trying to impress scouts at Pro Day. Daniel Maynes did 35 reps in the bench press.

Besides Sifrin, other UMass seniors and former players participated: Stanley Andre, Daniel Maynes, Quayshun Smith, Alex Kenney and Brian McDonald, former Minutemen Galen Clemons, Antoine Tharpe and John Griffin.

WWLP gets the number of UMass players previously drafted by the NFL wrong, but reports on UMass Pro Day.

The UMass Daily Collegian reports on Pro Day.

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Former UMass player E.J. Barthel has been named Director of Recruiting at Rutgers.

Another story about Barthel's appointment here.

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Former UMass player Tracey Belton is playing for the New Orleans Voodoo.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Recruiting 2016--Eron Carter

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Several recruiting sites indicate UMass has offered to Eron Carter, a 6-2 215 OLB from Palataka, FL

247Sports page here.

NCSA Sports has some stats.

MaxPreps has more stats.

Besides UMass Carter has offers from Army and Troy.

Monday--march 30th, 2015

UMass holds its Pro Day today. Hopefully, the UMass website will have some video and interviews.

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The Ralphie Reoprt says new talent for the Buffs should result in more wins for Colorado.

ESPN says improvement for Colorado begins in the weight room.

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The Elkheart Truth gives its impressions of Notre Dame's Spring practice.

Irish coach Brian Kelly is pleased with Notre Dame's pass rushers.

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Meanwhile, the Temple Owls are trying to make progress.

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UMass fans have bad memories of Old Dominion QB Tyler Heinicke, who started his first game against UMass and led the Monarchs to a 48-33 win. Old Dominion will have to get by without him this year.

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ESPN reports Victor Cruz may not be ready for the Giants season opener.

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I'm getting really sick of NCAA Tourney commercials.

BTW, John Calipari is holding his own version of Pro Day.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday--March 28th, 2015

The UMass website has a video feature on new Minutemen special teams coach Mark Michaels. He also coaches outside linebackers. Let's hope he can make an improvement in what was a big trouble spot for UMass last year. The video shows him coaching the linebackers.

The last 2014 depth chart listed the OLB two-deep as:

Da'Sean Downey 6-5 234
John Robinson-Woodgett 6-2 228

Trey Seals 6-4 237
Peter Ngobidi 6-2 221

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Dan Malone reports that the last two games of the 2014 season left a bitter taste for the UMass staff and players.

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Matty Vautour has a story about incoming grayshirt freshman Lamarriel Taylor. Taylor's UMass bio.

Taylor could be an impact receiver for UMass. He has FBS size at 6-3 185.

This story from February 2014 features Taylor. If Taylor has NFL dreams, he's in the right system with Whipple. It should be fun to watch his development.

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CBS Sports looks at five Group-of-Five teams that could crash the college playoffs.

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The NFL Spin Zone says the Giants are justifiably optimistic about the return of Victor Cruz.

Tom Coughlin says Cruz will be back to the player he was.

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The BC Blog "BC Interruption" thinks the Eagles need an indoor training facility.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday--March 27th, 2015

UMass Twitter feed
Remember when Steve Baylark ran over Montana to put UMass in the National Championship game?

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Matty Vautour reports UMass seniors want to build for the future of the program.

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Comcast Sports Chicago has a draft profile of Jean Sifrin. It has a video interview with him.

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Syracuse is looking for opponents in 2016.

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Campus Insiders looks at Notre Dame's 2015 schedule.

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Only 1% of Floridians root for Florida International.

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Bleacher Report features Toledo's Kareem Hunt. He ran over UMass to the tune of 26-198 1 TD.

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OT, but the Wall Street Journal has a couple of interesting sports articles.

How good is Kentucky? Good enough so that the Cats don't bother with watching game tapes. BTW, a West Virginia player's prediction that the Mountaineers would upset Kentucky didn't work out.

Remember North Dakota lost their nickname a couple of years ago? They still don't have a mascot or moniker .

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday--March 26th, 2015


If you didn't watch Josh Maurer's interview with Ryan Bamford, you should. Most of the questions are about football and Bamford's responses are interesting. He said the same thing Coach Whipple said during his hire---- UMass has the resources to win at the FBS level. When talking about a conference Bamford says building the brand (meaning winning) is important our chances to get into a conference.

He flatly says it's doable and I see no reason why he would say so in public if he felt it wasn't so.

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Dan Malone has a story about Blake Fronapfel's experience on the A.D. search committee.

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Matty Vautour has more quotes from Frohnapfel and Coach Whipple on Bamford's hiring.

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Bamforrd was congratulated by Michael Strickland and Bamford Tweeted back a joke about joining the ACC. Various media types yucked it up over that. And here.

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The Bloomfield Enterprise talks about Colorado's future schedule and spends a lot of time on the 2021 Buffs-Minutemen game.

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UMass gets a mention is this story by CBS Sports on who has the most returning starters for the 2015 season.

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Hustle Belt previews Kent State's 2015 season, and miracle of miracles, does not predict a win over UMass.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Recruiting 2017--A.J. Dillon

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Nj.com reports UMass has offered to A.J. Dillon, a 6-1 227 pound RB from Lawrence Academy on Groton, MA.

Nj.com article here.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Partial quote from a 03/23/15 article on Scout.com about Dillon:

Boston College and Massachusetts are the first two offers for Dillon, who plans to take his time as a rising junior.
“I’m looking for somewhere I’m going to play,” he said. “I don’t need to start right away, but I don’t want to go to a school where I won’t play until I’m a senior – like a factory sort of school. … I don’t want to just be a player. I want to be someone that the coaches genuinely want to be there.

Besides UMass, Dillon holds an offer from BC.

Wednesday--March 25th, 2015

Dan Malone has three impressions from Ryan Bamford's first press conference.

Bamford says he's not going to shy away from the challenges inherent in the UMass football program.

Chancellor Subbaswamy says Bamford is a marvelous fit for the athletic department.

Matty Vautour reports Bamford will have a full plate issues to deal with. One positive thing about the timing is Bamford will be able to bring in two lieutenants. That should help balance the power of entrenched interests. Being able to have his own team should be a positive for him and for the department.

The Boston Herald says UMass introduces its new athletic director.

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SB Nation previews 2015 OOC opponent Florida International.

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Former Buffalo HC Jeff Quinn is hired as a non-coaching assistant at Notre Dame.

The Irish get three 2016 verbals.

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Speaking of Buffalo, the Bulls start their Spring practice with new HC Lance Leipold.

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