Sunday, May 04, 2008

Spring Scrimmage 05/03/08


First, read Matty Vautour's article here .

There is a 41 image Picassa web album here . Note the special guest. I could not stay to the end as I had to pick up Mrs. Blog. I did not get any images of the cookout or the Bone Marrow drive. I'm not eligible to be a donor, so I did not skip the bone marrow registery intentionlly. I would have participated if I could.

Game day was cold (high 40's) and the drizzle held off for most of the session. I had to leave at 1:00 pm and the game started late, so I did not get to stay until the end.

A number of players have been injured this spring and UMass had six surgeries after the 2007 season ended, so not everybody played in the scrimmage/practice. Matt Vautour states in his article that Sean Callicchio, Ian Jorgensen, Liam Coen and Bob McLaughlin have been out with injuries. Chris Zardas is also recovering.

Anthony Rouzier and Chad Arango were at the scrimmage, but were not in pads.

One of the fun things about the Blog is meeting parents and UMass fans. I talked with the uncle (?) of Anthony Monette. Scott Wallace's father stopped by to say "Hello" and I had talked with Scott Woodward's dad earlier.

The big surprise of the scrimmage was the fact that Brandon White was getting a lot carries. Matt's article states that he is now the #2 tailback. No one saw that coming. He looked good though, big power runner.

The receiving star was Warren Wilson with three excellent catches. Lots of drops by the rest of the receiver corps though. One frustrated UMass fan yelled "Catch the ball, UMass!"

The starting OL at the session was Vladimir Ducasse LT, Ben Coblyn LG, John Ihne C, Josh Samuda RG and Sean Calicchio at RT.

The roster given out at the scrimmage lists 66 active players. Since FCS/I-AA rules allows 63 scholarships spread over 85 players, it appears we have a couple of scholarships to give even with the recruits coming in.

I think, Coach Brown thinks, he has a good team. I'm looking forward to 2008 season.

UPDATE: The Daily Collegian has an spring scrimmage article here . Nothing from the Springfield Republican yet.

UPDATE II: Matty Vautour has an article about the scrmmage here .

UPDATE III: The UMass website has a flash album of 123 images here . Some nice images. The photographer is not listed as far as I can see.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Frank, Thanks for the report. I thought E Igwenagu was going to be the primary backup and maybe even compete for the starting job. Did he get any playing to at either RB or LB yesterday?

UMass74 said...

Igwenagu, Hernandez and Aguh all got reps at TB.

White got the most. At 6-2 245, he could be the short yardage specialist.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your info and pictures of the 2008 Spring Scrimmage. I heard there quite a few players didn't dress because of injuries. How many would you say? Ihope they get some matches out of the bone marrow drive. What a wonderful thing for the team to do.

JohnFromBoston said...

Good to hear Wilson had a good game. I'm a bit worried about the receiving corps this year.

Anonymous said...

Frank who are 74 and 76 in your album ? They aren't listed on the spring roster posted on our website.
http://umassathletics.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/umas-m-footbl-mtt.html

Anonymous said...

How many TD's were scored and who threw or ran for the scores? Were they long plays or scores from in close? Since Liam didn't play how did the other QB's look and which one appeared to perform the best?

UMass74 said...

I have no idea who #74 or 76 were. Somebody was also wearing #21, which was Meggett's number.

Maybe someone with the team can tell us.

There were no real TD's scored. This was really a practice with the class "A" uniforms.

Basically, it was a series of drills.There were some hard hits by the defense and some nice catches by Wilson, but the main idea was to get some work in by all the units.

The session let the UMass fans watch the players run around and for the team to get some work in----and not get anyone hurt.

I would not draw ANY big conclusions about who will start or what their capabilities are based on the scrimmage.

The UMass team looked fast and athletic----and they look good in their Maroon & Whites. Don't try to over analyze what was not there :)

UMass74 said...

I should have mentioned that they gave our a Spring Scrimmage Roster at the session, and #74,#76 and #21 were not listed on that roster either...

Anonymous said...

could #74 be Jared Chivers, #76 Justin Sawicki and #21 Eric Dickson?

Anonymous said...

Yes that is correct. Chivers wore 74 and Sawicki changed his number to 76 and Dickson to 21.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for the mention of Anthony Monette. Good kid (played high school football with him) and I'm hoping he finally gets a chance to play a little this year.

Anonymous said...

No reason why Tony shouldn't play. He is a big kid with lots of talent. He should be playing.

Anonymous said...

Kevin Macon was seen on the sidelines for the spring game. He is returning after a one year hiatus. O-Line keeps getting bigger.

Anonymous said...

Saw Getek on the sidelines also. He's huge. Hope his shoulder is healing.

Anonymous said...

Macon Added To UMass' Football Recruits For 2006 http://umassathletics.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/040406aab.html
Has he been taking classes and working out or was he just on the sideline?

Anonymous said...

Macon's not on campus yet. He will be here all summer working out and is enrolling for fall semester. Getek is fine minor problem with shoulder just precautionary. He'll be penciled in at left tackle in the fall.

Anonymous said...

Getek LT?

Anonymous said...

My mistake. RT

Peggy O said...

Hey if BC doesn't want #1-we'll take him.
Impressed by Octavious Hawkins-Need to get him on the field- I see option football in the future