Saturday, July 04, 2015

Recruiting 2016--JohnCarlo Valentin II

NJ.com image
I've blogged before about JohnCarlo Valentin, a 6-4 345 pound OL from Inhotep HS in PA.

This article from July 2nd by NJ.com updates Valentin's recruiting.

Valentin has multiple offers from Power Five schools.

Saturday--July 4th, 2015


Happy 4th of July everyone. This year is really flying by! Hope there will be some positive fireworks with UMass football this year.

CBS Sports ranks UMass #1 in patriotic mascots! As it should be.

NFL.com rates the most patriotic uniforms, not surprisingly Army and Navy dominate there.

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Matty Vautour has a story about UAB transfer Kelton Brackett. Minutemen fans hope he has a redeeming senior season. Having his team and teammates pulled out from under him could not have been easy.

The UMass defense has not had the recruiting number that have been afforded the offense so far during our FBS journey. For the first time, the defense receives two potential starters, Kelton and JUCO Jordan Hamilton. The UMass defense has gotten incrementally better each year and could make a significant stride this year with seven seniors in the two-deep.

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Phil Steele considers more stats this time with percentage of plays by whether a team was losing, tied or winning. The Minutemen were fairly well represented by plays when tied, given the number of close games they were in.

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The Star-Press previews the 2015 Ball State team and grudgingly gives UMass some praise.

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A Syracuse blog wonders what an all-Northeast team conference would look like (which would include UMass).

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The Irish Illustrated looks at the linebacking units of Notre Dame's 2015 opponents.Gives some props to Jovan Santos-Knox.

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An Australian academy prepares local players for a US scholarship. UMass will have its own man from "down under" in freshman TE Travis Reynolds.

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Friday, July 03, 2015

Friday ---July 3rd, 2015


Bob McGovern, writing in the Maroon Musket says J.T. Blyden is no longer with the team.

That leaves Jamal Wilson RSSR 5-9 209 who started three games last year, Lorenzo Woodley JR, 6-1 212 who was the second leading rusher last year and Shadrach Abrokwah JR 5-9 202 as the returning running backs.

The Minutemen will also have two true freshman RB's:

Marquis Young 5-11 200
Sekai Linsey 5-9 210

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A University of Washington blog has a long preview of the 2015 Colorado Buffs.

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A Syracuse blog discusses potential OOC games for the Orange. UConn, Temple and Army are mentioned. UMass is not.

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ESPN has ten things that make college football unique.

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Victor Cruz is pumped to make his acting debut.

Victor has been named a NFL comeback player-of-the-year candidate.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Recruiting 2016--Tyler Coyle

Image by Patrick Raycraft
Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Tyler Coyle a 6-0 195 pound DB/Athlete from Windsor, CT.

Rivals Page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

Hudl.com has video.

Besides UMass, Coyle has an FBS offer from Temple.

Thursday--July 2nd, 2015

iSports Web previews the 2015 season of Notre Dame.

247Sports says the Irish will have one of college football's top trios.

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Thaddeus Moss, son of Randy Moss, will not be playing at his father's school  Marshall - or UMass.

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Conference USA went 20-4 in football against its Group of Five peers last year.

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When Akron visits Oklahoma this fall, the atmosphere will be a little different than what the Zips are used to.

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The AAC officially welcomes Navy.

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The first year West Virginia sold beer at their football games, the Mountaineers added $700,000 to their revenue.

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How weight training has changed college football: in 1970, the average Nebraska football player benched 206 pounds.

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Colorado QB Sefo Liufau expects better things for the Buffs in 2015.

Liufau's Colorado bio.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Wednesday--July 1st, 2015

The ink was barely dry from my highlighter when the UMass website puts up another iteration of the 2015 roster. This time all the freshmen are included and most have bios.

Latest roster

Marquis Young--RB 5-11 200 wearing #8 same as Shane Huber
Randell West--QB 6-5 22 wearing #13 worn by Jordan Broadnax last year
James Sosinski--QB 6-6 240 wearing #17 same as Jovan Santos-Knox
Micah Morel--DB 6-0 200 wearing #22 same as Shadrach Abrokwah
Andy Isabella--RB 5-10 185 wearing #23 and J.T Blyden is still missing
Mehki Williams--RB 5-9 180 wearing #25 same as Joe Colton
Mike Caggiano--K 5-11 170 wearing #31 worn by Iric Harris last year
Sekai Lindsey--RB 5-9 210 wearing #35 worn by Stanley Andre last year
Lee Moses--DB 6-1 190 wearing #40 worn by Jon Lucier last year
Brandon Mangram-- DB 5-11 180 wearing #43 worn by Matthew Wylie last year (transferred)
Kenny Kearn--RB 6-0 227 wearing #46 same as Lucas Amato
James Oliphant--DB 5-8 165 wearing #48 number not assigned last year
Mike Yerardi--OL 6-4 295 wearing #50 worn by Mike Wynne last year
Joe Parsons--OL 6-4 305 wearing #56 worn by Sam Zeff last year (transferred)
Reche Thomas--OL 6-4 315 wearing #57 worn by Leo Krizanovic last year
Peter Comaroto--LS 5-11 215 wearing #59 number not assigned last year
Derek Dumais--OL 6-5 325 wearing #72 worn by Rich Queen last year (transferred)
Lamarriel Taylor--WR 6-2 185 wearing #86 worn by Shaquille Harris last year (now wearing #14)
Jon Derolus--WR 6-0 175 wearing #81 same as Kevin Lovaincy
Travis Reynolds--TE 6-5 245 wearing #87 same as T.J. Kelley (G'Day mate!)
Jack Coventry--K 6-1 180 wearing #91 worn by Chris Carter last year
Jesse Noel--WR wearing #93 worn by Seamus Murray last year
Kyle Horn--TE 6-4 250 wearing #95  same as Sha-Ki Holines
Mario Patton--DL 6-4 315 wearing #96 worn by Brian McDonald last year
Aaron Kinsey--LB 6-4 210 wearing #97 worn by Daniel Maynes last year
D'Shan Harley--LB 6-5 210 wearing #98 worn by Ryan Heath last year
Dejion Evans--WR 6-3 no number assigned
Tom Rodrick--LB 6-3 230 no number assigned

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The Notre Dame blog "One foot down" discusses the Irish's 2015 including UMass as a "layup" game.

Scout.com has a story about the strengths and weaknesses of Notre Dame's opponents.

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Marshall fans complain about the Herd scheduling Appalachian State.

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Bloguin.com has five MAC conference story lines for 2015.

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Some UMass fan compiled this Minutemen pump-up video. It's well done.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday--June 30th, 2015

CBS Sports reports potential Notre Dame starting RB Greg Bryant will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season. That will include the UMass game.

Bryant's Notre Dame bio.

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The Prediction Machine ranks the Minutemen #101 in home field advantage.

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NBC Sports updates conference realignments for 2015.

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The Herald-Dispatch wonders if the Big Twelve raids the AAC, would Marshall jump from Conference USA. Mentions UMass and Army joining the AAC.

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Matt Rhule and Temple have agreed to a contract extension.

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DeJon Wilson is primed to make a mark in the Colorado Buffs defense.

Buffs HC Jim Leavitt sees lots of work to do before fall camp.

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A Bleacher Report writer predicts Rob Blanchflower will not make this year's 53-man Steelers roster.

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Phil Steele has the best and worst over the last three years.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday--June 29th, 2015

There's a new version of the 2015 roster up.

It looks as if some of the 2015 recruits are in for the Summer Session. NCAA regulations limit roster to 105 for summer practice; once the season starts there is no limit on the number of players.

Changes (the bios are empty for the 2015 recruits so far):

Kelton Brackett-- DB 5-11 200 wearing # 1 (same as Tajae Sharpe)
Dan Jonah-- WR 5-11 198 wearing #5 (same as Peter Angeh)
Marquis Young--RB 5-11 200 wearing #8 (same as Shane Huber)
Randall West--QB 6-5 220 wearing #13 (worn by Jordan Broadnax last year)
Shaquille Harris-- WR now wearing #14 (ex #86)
James Sosinski-- QB 6-6 240 wearing #17 (same as Jovan Santos-Knox)
Jordan Hamilton-- DB 5-9 200 wearing #20 (same as Lorenzo Woodley)
J.T. Blyden --RB (not on roster)
Andy Isabella-- RB 5-10 185 wearing #23 (same as Blake Lucas)
Mike Caggiano--K 5-11 170 wearing #31 (worn by Iric Harris last year)
Sekai Lindsey--RB 5-9 210 wearing #35 (worn by Stanley Andre last year)
Lee Moses--DB 6-1 190 wearing #40 (same as Jon Lucier)
Kenny Keam--RB 6-0 227 wearing #46 (same as Lucas Amato)
Lamarriel Taylor--WR 6-2 185 wearing #86 (worn by Shaquille Harris last year)
Darrian Josey--WR 6-0 165 wearing #89 (worn by Jon Denton last year)
Elijah Barrows--WR 6-1 180 no number assigned
Dejion Evans--WR 6-3 203 no number assigned
Tom Rodrick--LB 6-3 230 no number assigned
Theo Yongue--K 5-8 165 no number assigned

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Phil Steele looks at first downs per game in 2014: green means 20 best and red means 20 worst. UMass show green in two offensive categories, all red in defense.

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Someone you need to know: Ryan Gallant. see the middle of the article for his work with UMass football.

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Akron football's attendance is the lowest in the nation. Students say they'll go to the games "if they give us free stuff".

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Blowguin.com previews the 2015 NIU Huskies.

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The News & Observer previews the 2015 Boston College Eagles. With two FCS game (only one counts towards bowl eligibility) the Eagles will need to pick up another FBS win to go to a bowl this year.

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Colorado HC Jim Leavitt is encouraged by his defensive line prospects.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday--June 27th, 2015

UMass website
The UMass website has a feature, images and video from the Minutemen Strongman competition I blogged about a couple of days ago.

If you don't lift the competition UMass DT Robert Kitching won is called "Farmers Walk". Besides the weight (250 pounds in Kitching's case) the barbell tends to want to twist. It creates a massive amount of work for your forearms and the rest of your body.

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The UMass website also has a story about former UMass player Darren Thellen (graduated 2012) working with Brockton young people.

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Matty Vautour does a question & answer session with the Irish Illustrated.

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Dan Rubin of the Boston College blog "BC Interruption" says UMass is one of the teams he loves to hate. Another reason why UMass, BC and UConn should play every year. Nothing is better than beating the team of the guy in the next cubical over :)

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Deregulating conference championship games could be huge for college football.

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Victor Cruz says "this rehab will make me or break me".

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