Saturday, April 19, 2008

April 18th UMass Football Practice

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Well, yesterday was a good day. It was my birthday. I lifted a lifetime best bench press in the morning and in the afternoon I watched UMass practice. Oh, and it was 75 degrees and a blue sky.

I've added a forty image gallery in Picassa. You can view it here . Picassa was acting a little flakey while I was doing the up-load. If it does not work for you, try again later. Google goes through periods of being difficult to work with.

I liked the practice. The players seemed focused (no clowning around when the coach's back was turned). Everybody seemed to be working hard.

Coen looked like he was moving comfortably. Tony Nelson looked fast.

I was impressed with the speed of the wide receivers. We don't have the height we had last year, but if the opposing DB misses the tackle, I don't think they're going to get a second chance.

With last year's recruits, the OL looked BIG. Very big kids. I think we have more depth this year.

Long snapping is still a work in progress. Arnold and Woodward were jumping jacks trying to field long snaps.

Coach Brown does not like people making catches against his defensive backs----even if they're our receivers in practice.

UPDATE: I've added a link to practice web album in the Blog's sidebar.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great pics! Thank you for all you do!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Nice work! Thanks again for all your work!

Tom

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy, Frank! Many happy returns!

Anonymous said...

Got to the scrimmage just a little late. Got there for the second or third series. I wanted to see the big O-line everyone is talking about that UMass is suppose to have this year. I didn't even see Calicchio, Ducasse, Cobyln or Incarnatio even playing. They were all dressed. Did they get yanked early or lose their positions?

And who is #44 on D?

Really enjoyed the pictures! Thanks for all the hard work. A couple of my roommates posted two of them in our apt.

UMass74 said...

Which practice are you talking about, Friday or Saturday?

Ducasse, Coblyn and Incarnato all played on Friday. There's images of them in the gallery I posted.

Calicchio was there, but not in pads. He was not limping or anything, so I assume he was held out for a minor injury.

Don't know who #44 was. I was watching him too. There were many duplicate numbers being worn (about four guys had #1).

Anonymous said...

I was talking about Sat. scrimmage. I did't see Fri. scrimmage but my roommate did. He said he thought Getek and Incarnatio were on the Scout Team. I didn't see them play Sat. so I was wondering what happened?

Anonymous said...

Calicchio has a sore shoulder as does Cobyln and Ducasse. Incarnato was runing a high temperature on Saturday and was taken out after the first series. That's probably why you missed him if you came late to the scrimmage. They yanked a couple of other first string linemen with Incarnato also. Someone there told me they were sick with a virus or something and were running high temperatures.

Anonymous said...

Who ever number 44 is he's hell on wheels on defense. He gives the o line fits almost ever play. He looks like he is really fast. The only one who seems to do half decent with him is Incarnto who looks like the quickest of the O-linemen. And, 44 gets by him once in a while to.

Anonymous said...

When's the next practice or scrimmage? Anyone?

Anonymous said...

Tormorrow, Monday 8 a.m.

Anonymous said...

#44 is Corey Eason the transfer from BC

Anonymous said...

first of all, getek and chauncey are NOT on scout team. getek was moved from tight end and was put on the first team offensive line playing right tackle, sources say.

Anonymous said...

It's official, Calicchio, Cobyln, and Ducasse all have sore shoulders. They were held to limited reps. Incarnato was running a fever and had to be taken out after the first series. They all are first stringers. Guess the position coach has been working them too hard!

Anonymous said...

From the practices and scrimmages I have watched Eason will be a force to recogn with on defense this year. Like someone mentioned elsewhere in the blog he seems to be very strong but his strongest asset is his speed. Like someone posted the only one on the o line that can deal with Eason most of the time is Incarnato. And, less often Getek. Getek is athletic like Incarnato but just not as quick off the ball. Incarnato only does better because I think he matches up closer with Eason's speed and in one to one Incarnto appears to be stronger. He must outweight Eason by 20 to 30pounds which I am sure also helps one on one in the trenches.

I am excited about this team. I thing they can repeat as CAA champions and go deep into the playoffs. The defense is quick and strong and the O is big and fast for their size. The areas of concern are the D backs and the receivers and lack of depth on the o line. The receivers are not as tall as last year, seem to drop a lot of balls, and the d backs seem to be out of position too much. The o line drops way off after the ones so if any of them get injured it could change the effectiveness of the offense and the outcome of the season.

Anonymous said...

where do you get your sources from? incarnato is the weakest link on the O Line right now.

Anonymous said...

getek has a shoulder injury not ducasse

Anonymous said...

My source is my observations and opinion just like everyone else on the blog.

I'm not talking about experience on the o line I am talking about potential after two a days next fall.

I value strength and speed in linemen over experience.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what you have been watching but Incarnato needs a lot of work with the offense right now, I don't know that he has made it through a full practice yet without Boyle having to be thrown in for him.

Anonymous said...

Thats probably one of the worst comments Ive ever read. You can take a kid who benches 400 lbs. and throw him in against JMU or Delaware under the lights and fighting for a playoff spot, but he'll be ok because of his bench, or his speed. An o-lineman needs all of those necessary tools to do well on the field but experience is everything. Clearly experience doesn't mean anything to you because incarnato has never played a college snap. But he'll be ok because he has a workout warrior, give me a break

Anonymous said...

OK, enough of Incarnato. Let's just hope he stays healthy as well as the rest of the o-lineman and get through the spring without any problems. We are all on the same team and need to work with each other to get that championship in the Fall. GO UMASS.