Tuesday, November 15, 2005

UMass LB Byrd named A10 Special teams player-of-the week

UMass true Freshman George Byrd has been named the A10's Special Teams Player-of-the-Week (click on "Awards" tab). He blocked an army punt with UMass recovering in the endzone for a TD.

The UMass write-up is here.

Byrd was ranked as the fourth highest LB by Rivals.com to sign with a I-AA team in 2005. He has played in all 10 games of this season on special teams.

Byrd has seven tackles and one tackle for loss.

At 6-1, 230 he is one of UMass' bigger LBs. UMass looses Senior LBs Brad Anderson, Serge Tikum, and L.A. Love to graduation this year. Byrd should compete for a starting role in 2006


Anonymous said...

After talking with Brad Anderson's father, I'm pretty sure Anderson's coming back next season.

The game notes have him listed as a RSJ. We will be stocked with LB's next season!

Anonymous said...

From the game notes:

"Is actually a redshirt junior, as he did not play at Vanderbilt."

UMass74 said...

That's good to hear. Anderson is listed as a Sr. on both the UMass press guide and game programs. He is an excellent player an it would be great to have him back.