Sunday, April 13, 2008

Jeff Thomas on lights/spring practice

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has an article on the impact of lights and also some Spring Practice news here .

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Today seems like a good to for me to thank Frank once again for maintaining this bog. How many of us realize that Frank updates this on a daily basis. He provides information and links that I can't get elsewhere. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I hope Coen and Woodward heal from their injuries. Coen was banged up somewhat last year. In the meantime, has anyone seen the redshirt freshmen QB's, Scott Wallace and Octavius Hawkins? Interesting to know how they look, and if either appears to have the upper hand in the bid for #3 QB.

UMass74 said...

Thank you Sir! When I originally started the blog, I thought I'd run it until I did not have any material or it wasn't fun anymore. So far, I've yet to run out of stuff to talk about or fun! I'm looking forward to blogging 2008.

Coach Brown said at the Banquet, Coen played most of 2007 with a torn meniscus and a strained MCL. Gutsy play by Liam.

Anonymous said...

Woodward threw at practice Sunday and look good, as for Wallace and Hawkins I'd say work in progress. Liam looks sharp as always but is being kept out of contact situations this spring

Anonymous said...

Sunday's short scrimmage was pretty intense. The defensive looks slightly ahead of the offensive in their development and timing when playing. The defense looks more experienced than the offense. The offensive started to jell towards the end of the scrimmage with the ones in there. Coen looked in good early form. He is standing behind a huge line with the ones. Those guys look pretty athletic too. They were not falling all over themselves. I am not as worried about the QB having time to toss the pigskin after watching the front five. They certainly are big and look very quick for their size. It is the tallest offensive line I have seen at UMass in the three years I have been here. Coen's height helps him with the tall line. His passes were very accurate. The problem was the receivers were dropping most of them or a lot of them that were right to their number or in their hands. The receivers seemed intimidated by the linebackers and d backs at first. They started to catch Coen's throws later in the game a lot better.

Anonymous said...

As for the scrimmage, I read previously that Coen couldn't go live contact, so I assume the backup QB's received some decent reps. How did Woodward, Wallace and Hawkins look?

Anonymous said...

Is everyone practicing? or alot of hurt players?

Anonymous said...

Coen got almost all the reps on Sunday with the ones. Woodward looked like he was doing a little better than the other backups.

I watched Tues. scrimmage. The O looked auful for the most part in the beginning against the full might of a blitzing D. Brown seemed to be throwing a lot of looks at the OL that I didn't see in the previous scrimmages. The OL ones did better at the end as they seemed to catch on to the various DL packages or looks that they came up against. It seems that the talent is there in the ones but the experience is definitely lacking. I think they just really need more time to jell. You can tell the talent is there. The red-shirt freshmen Samuda looked good as a youngster at center but not as good as Calicchio. Samuda will definitely be with the two's. The pick of the litter has to be Incarnato and Ducasse then Getek and Cobyln. The problem with Cobyln is he seems to miss a lot of reps due to injuries and is not nearly as strong nor quick as Incarnto or Ducasse. Getek's inexperience really shows at tackle but his athletic ability saves him a lot. He is like Incarnato who lacks experience but makes up for mistakes though athletic ability. I noticed that Incarnato and Getek usually got burned more so than Ducasse and Calicchio the first time Brown threw a change up at the OL but almost always got their assignment once the same D package or blitz came at them again. But, overall the OL, IF IT CONTINUES TO IMPROVE, will be a force to recogin with against any of our opponents this coming season. This is not to say the DL is shabby by any means. Those guys are strong, tough, quick, and mean. They are definite ahead of the OL but the gap is closing. If I can get away from my work I am going to watch them scrimmage tomorrow or Fri. which ever day they practice. It will be interesting to see if the OL does better with the blitz packages Brown throws at them since they have seen some of the stunts Brown comes up with. The receivers and backs seem to be getting their rhythem and are catching the passes better. Coen's accuracy is his strength.

Anonymous said...

They don't practice today. Tomorrow they go full bore with full pads. I was the one you asked for the names of the guys on D.

Hope to see you there.

Sandy.