Monday, June 30, 2008

The Wisdom of the Blog---Part IV Offensive line


Well, we had the biggest turnout of votes (92) so far for the offensive line. The OL will be a critical unit in the success of the 2008 Minutemen.

We will have three new starters as Matt Austin, Nick Diana and Chris Hopkins have graduated.

Looking at the 2007 player participation page, only Ben Coblyn (played 9 games, started 2) and graduated Biff Gotteherer (played 5 games, started 1) had any playing time in 2007.

I would think that UMass would retain Sean Calicchio and Valdimir Ducasse at tackle.

In the Spring Ben Coblyn and Josh Samuda were the first team left and right guards respectively. John Ihne was the starting center.

The return of Kevin Macon may juggle the starting lineup. If Macon is available and is playing up to his potential, I would think UMass would find a place for him on the starting line.

Samuda has played a lot at center. He could be moved there. I see Ben Coblyn keeping his slot at guard. Most of the competition for a starter's position should be at center and right guard.

Based on the votes in the poll, it looks like the Blog Community believes Rob Getek and Brian Ostaszewski are the top reserves this year.

Redshirt Freshman Michael Binkowski, RS Sophomoer Mike Boyle, RS Freshman Justin Sawicki and senior transfer Chauncey Incarnato will provide depth.

This is a OL squad with "length" as seven UMass offensive linemen are 6-5 or better.

I'm looking for a great year from the OL. I believe there is a great deal of talent and heart in the unit. Go UMass!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like the way DB put it in describing the size of this offensive line unit. "It has the potential to block out the sky."

Anonymous said...

I met a young man at the gym I go to here on the north shore and, noticing he was carrying a UMass conditioning book, decided to inquire. As it turns out, this young man is a tackle and was recruited, but suffered a season- ending shoulder injury last year. His name is John Moran and played at Bishop Fenwick in Peabody. He is 6'5" and 280 pounds and blocked for Bobby Tarr, one of the most prolific backs in the state, who is on to DII Bentley. John will redshirt no doubt, but this is a big kid (and a very nice guy, too) and very excited to be joining the Minuteman. Sdeems like a good catch.

Anonymous said...

Rob Getek? If you voted for him or know him why do you think a 250 lb player will get on the field as an OL at all?

Anonymous said...

Getek is now at 290, and getting bigger by the day, I dont agree with some of the votes on the blog, such as incarnato and sawicki as just depth, samuda is on the heavy side and needs to lose weight, although i do believe ostaszewski will be a key back up. And for all those people who voted for macon, early word that ive heard is he ineligible to play at all

Anonymous said...

Getek is not 250 he's close to 290or better and still has another month or so to go. At 6'6+", I would think these #'s will get him on the line with no problem.

Anonymous said...

I still question why Gatek was made an O-lineman in the first place. He looked solid last year as a TE.

Anonymous said...

First of All, The only reason the polls came out the way they did was because of the spring practice, and SAMUDA and COBLYN were the Starting and GETEK didnt play but has been starting the whole spring. So We will See. Getek Is on his way to being 300 lbs. which is good because he has a great kick slide and with Macon out he will be a good canidate for the right tackle spot. Samuda Currently works at Wendy's with Brian Ostaszewski, and if Samuda doesnt Eat That food he'll be fine, i heard is on the lazy side, but when i saw him a couple of days he didnt look heavy at all. I dont see why john ihne did'nt get as much votes as Samuda And Coblyn He knows Every Offensive Call.

Anonymous said...

Getek is a TE for sure. But, he must have been the best candidate to move to OL with all the losses this year. Brown must have plans.

Anonymous said...

Whats is the deal with Macon? I heard he has the potential to be great he sat out a year.....a year we could have used him..and he may not be eligible again? doesnt make any sense.....and with the key loses on the O line I really want to see him on the field....

Anonymous said...

Anytime I saw practice Samuda was looked slow and overweight. He did not hussel at all and looked lazy until he had to block. He did better when the chips were down. I don't know if that would get him through a full game. Or, even to half time! Both Incarnato and Sawicki looked better in practice most of the time. Incarnato looked like he is the stronger and quicker of the whole lot. Probably because Incarnato and Sawicki will be 5th year seniors Samuda has more value for the future. He may be developed at their expense. After watching the Spring Game I still think right guard is up for grabs and will depend on what gains each guy makes over the summer.

Anonymous said...

Only one month until players report (August 5). Brown will play the best lineman available; do not be surprised to see some shuffling about on the line.

Anonymous said...

IF SAMUDA LOOKS SLOW AND OVERWEIGHT TELL HIM, DONT BE WRITING ANONYMOUS BLOGS ABOUT HIM. AND DONT BE MAD IF HE STARTS. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...

Sawicki isn't a fifth year senior, hes just a redshirt freshman, the same age as samuda, so I think they will both develop at a good rate, but I think samuda is developing at a much faster rate and be play ready before sawicki, although I do see samuda starting at right guard before incarnato

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information on Getek. Brown has recruited other TE's and turned them into OL. The thing that concerns me is gaining 40+ lbs since spring ball when he was listed at 250 lbs. His bio still lists him at 250 lbs.

Question for poster who said Getek would be a good candidate for the RT spot. I thought that Calicchio RS-Sr had the RT position locked up.
RS-Fr started 9 of 11 games
RS-So injured
RS-Jr started all 13 games last year.

Anonymous said...

its not a question about callichio. clearly they think that he can play any position on the line. so insted of puttin a rookie to the o line on the inside that sees the majority of the blitz you put a veteren

Anonymous said...

calicchio was the center during the spring, which makes sense - he is the most senior OL, obviously knows all the plays, and has shown he is versatile. he is a dependable and smart player at a position you need one.

Anonymous said...

Frank wrote In the Spring Ben Coblyn and Josh Samuda were the first team left and right guards John Ihne was the starting center.

From these posts, starting our 3 RS-Seniors Calichio RT, Coblyn LG, Incanto C, and Ducasse at LT we have one open position-RG.

LT1 Ducasse JR
LT2 Incarnato RS-SR

LG1 Coblyn RS-SR
LG2 ?

C1 Calicchio RS-SR [RT in 07]
C2 Ihne RS-SO
C3 Samuda RS-FR

RG1 Samuda RS-FR
RG2 Ihne RS-SO (1)
RG3 Macon RS-SO
(1) (if he doesn't start at C can he start at RG?

RT1 Incarnato RS-SR
RT2 (1)
RT3 Getek RS-JR (2)
(1) prefer potential starter to have some experience
(2) gain experience this year