Friday, February 01, 2008

2008----- Quarterbacks

I've been doing a series of posts on the state of the 2008 UMass football team. Last Wednesday I finished the defensive side of the ball with a look at the defensive line. Today we start considering the offense. Unlike the defense where we lost only four players out of the two-deep, the offense needs a major rebuild. Nine offensive players from the two-deep graduated this year.

We'll start with the UMass quarterbacks. Remember I have no special inside information.

Freshman are green.
Sophomores are orange
Juniors are blue
Senior are red

I'm working out of the UMass depth chart for the Hofstra game. Teams are only allowed to dress 60 players for the playoffs, so the depth chart for the playoffs may have been different. Note that the class of the player is for fall of 2008 not their current status.

According to the last regular season depth chart:

QB -- Liam Coen Senior
------Scott Woodward Junior

There are two other QBs on the UMass roster, both will be redshirt Freshmen this year. Scott Wallace and Octavious Hawkins were recruited last year.

Discussion: Obviously, nothing except for injury could derail Liam Coen's march through the UMass record books in his senior year. One record he does not hold is playoff wins. Todd Bankhead leads all UMass quarterbacks with five. Coen has four post season wins going into this year.

Left handed QB Scott Woodward will be a senior in 2009. He wants to compete for a starting position. Woodward appeared in four games : Maine, BC, Towson and Northeastern. He went 13-25 52.0 Pct 143 yds 21 long 100.05 EFF.

Last year Scott Wallace made the traveling team as the third QB, but did not get any game time. I have the feeling that the UMass coaching staff is pleased with the recruitment of highly rated Octavious Hawkins and he will be strong candidate for a starting job in 2009.

The UMass football blog is looking forward to the Spring Game. It will be interesting to see who get the most reps at QB. The Blog also looks forward to seeing both the freshmen in action for the first time.

The conventional wisdom is that a team should recruit a QB each year. With lots of needs at WR , RB and OL, this Blog is not sure how Brown will spend the limited number of scholarships this year.


Anonymous said...

Brown better spent those schollies on O linemen. From the talk on campus he is going to lose several more than anticipated. One of this starters may be ineligible due to grades, another backup may elect not to take his fifth year, and still another may not meet NCAA eligibility requirement due to taking the wrong courses as directed by his advisor.

Anonymous said...

Who is watching over these players? There should never be any grade issues if the player is on a scholly.

Anonymous said...

I heard DB was going to try and play some spread offense with Octavious. That would be different.

Anonymous said...

Every time the athletic dept does something surprisingly good (they actually are going to install lights), they make up for it by doing something that is shocking. An adviser whose job it is to monitor and guide the players coursework doesn't know his/her job? Is he/she going to get fired or is there more to the story?

Anonymous said...

I heard Wallace got more reps this past season and seems to be ahead of Octavius on the depth chart.
Anyone else heard or seen this?

Anonymous said...

He did. But only because he plays the same offense as Coen. Octavious would be playing a diffrent type of offense and it didn't make sense to spend a lot of time on it at this point. He'll get more in the spring and will no doubt operate a spread offense in 2009.

Anonymous said...

Wallace is much more mobile than Coen so not sure why the last post said he plays the same O as Coen. He seem to throw and run well equally as well as nice poise for a frosh.

Anonymous said...

I heard the adviser responsible wanted the player so bad that he enrolled him in school without looking down the road for this semester and the first semester of nest year. I was told the kid is a very good student and got all A's and B's but because he was enrolled in the wrong courses he may not have enough course work towards graduation in his major. So, we may have a student who will be on the Dean's List but not eligible to play football according to NCAA rules. It was something about having 80% of you major completed by your senior year. I found out the other player, who played quite a bit this past season has supposedly failed a couple of courses and was, again, supposedly already on "probation" from last semester. He can't make it up in Summer School. Again, I think this is due to anther stupid NCAA Rule. As for the third player he played as a backup last season on the O line and isn't interested in taking his fifth year of eligibility.

All three are definitely linemen and supposedly offensive linemen but I am not certain on this. My source is a female who hangs with one of the football player who was discussing this with some of the other players in the cafeteria during lunch or dinner. They were saying what was being talked about in the weight trainning room. If this is so, Brown better find more linemen before next season or the QB may be in deep shit!