Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thursday morning reading

Charles Coulson of the Sports Network talks about speed in college football.

Coach Brown's mantra at UMass has been "Play fast!". And indeed, his UMass teams have been, in my view perhaps the fastest in UMass history.

Being faster than the other team is the ultimate point. This article over on the always interesting Draft Daddy, records the 40 yard dash times of the combine invitees. Those players are the elite of college football and it would be expected their forty times to be among the best.

Note that those times are considerably different than those thrown about on fan boards...

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Coach Brown is still playing with Whipple's recuits which have taken him to 2 playoff spots and from my understanding "his" Northeastern team is not that good as we have all seen. I dont think he's all that he's cracked up to be time will tell when he plays with his own recuits. He is a better D coach than head coach

Anonymous said...

That's insane! Whipple's been gone for 5 years Brown has done it with a lot of his own guys. He is a better recruiter than Whipple ever was!

Anonymous said...

Arguably, the only school in the CAA that has recruited better than UMass is URI. Give credit where credit is due: Coach has a well established record (and the temerity of recognizing talent) for bringing in student-athletes who fit the system. What is interesting seems the decision to bring in a few exceptionally big d-lineman in this year's recruiting class.

Anonymous said...

[quote]What is interesting seems the decision to bring in a few exceptionally big d-lineman in this year's recruiting class.[/quote] What is interesting is that he has succeeded in bringing in big d-lineman whereas in the past they have chosen to go elsewhere. He has certainly tried before.

UMass74 said...

Don't feed the troll guys.

It'll just make him hang around more.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Coach has succeeded! Which is what I meant to say!

Anonymous said...

Frank (or anyone): Do you think that Hawkins will be a viable backup to Coen? Is it possible that preparation is being made for '09? Do you think that he [Hawkins] will receive some minutes under center?

Anonymous said...

Hawkins is ok but Woodward is Coen's Backup, He a great kid and works hard and deserves a shot much more mobile than Coen

UMass74 said...

Liam will be our QB in 2008 barring injury.He played most of 2007 with a strained MCL and a torn meniscus.

The backups will probably get some PT with Albany and Bryant.

Who will start in 2009 will be fun to watch.

The spring game will give some clues. Coen will play about one series and the backups will get the rest of the work. Whoever gets the most snaps is probably the #2 for 2008...

Come to the spring game and find out.

Anonymous said...

When is the spring game?

UMass74 said...

Practice starts April 5th and the spring game is Saturday, May 3rd.

Anonymous said...

i hope to see how wallace performs in the spring game. i have seen him plan and he could be our qb in 2009. he did make the travel team as true freshman last year.

Anonymous said...

That's not always a good indicator. A lot of times they will travel a freshman that they would rather break his redshirt than a more talented player that they would like to make sure gets to redshirt.

Anonymous said...

hard to understand how or why they would leave a better qb home for road games. if they need to win a game they most likely they would prefer to have next best player available to step in. if they don't need to win they are not going to break a redshirt regardless of who it is.

Anonymous said...

Woodward is # 2 and he has been traveling since his freshmen year, The past 2 years he has been Liam's back-up and when called upon he has done the job. He also has been the holder for two years and the punter in the game against So. Ill. He has many talents, I see him as the backup again in 2008 and competing for the starting job in 09