Thursday, August 14, 2008

UMass defensive backfield talented and deep

Image taken by me at UMass Media Day. Click on the image and Blogger displays a larger view.

Matty Vautour has an article on the UMass defensive backfield here .

UMass returns three starters and they all made preseason All-Conference.

Courtney Robinson CB 6-0 196. He had 27 UT 21 AT 4.5 TFL 1.5 sacks 3-39 INT and 6 pass breakups in '07. He's also a talented kickoff returner. Robinson is third in UMass career return average (24.6) and seventh in total career return yards (984). Robinson was a honorable mention All-American in 2007

Sean Smalls CB 6-1 190. Smalls had 31 UT 18 AT 49 TT 2.5-7 TFL 2-90 INT. He played as a true freshman and has started the last 28 games. He was a 2007 honorable mention All-American.

Jeromy Miles FS 6-2 207. He was First-Team All-East and ECAC Freshman player-of-the-Year at Navy. Last year at UMass he had 38 UT 29 AT 67 TT 4 FF 2.5-3 TFL and 10 PD. A big hitter, Miles is a preseason honorable metion All-American.

Brian Ellis ROV 6-0 210. Former linebacker moved to SS. In 2007 he had 20 UT 22 AT 25 TT 1-5 sacks 1-5 TFL 1-3 INT and 4 PD. Ellis is a good player who should shine at strong safety.

The top backups in Coach Brown's DB heavy roster include:

Reshaud Goodwin 5-11 186. In 2007 Goodwin had 2 UT 4 AT 6 TT 1 PBU. He's a likely starter at CB on 2009. Excellent speed.

Corey Davis 5-11 190. Davis had 12 UT 4 AT 16 TT in 2007. Usually plays a the nickle cornerback. Also plays special teams.

Eric Dickson 5-11 205. Dickson had 1 UT 5 AT and 6 TT as a backup safety in 2007.

Shane Viveiros 6-0 205. Has been mentioned several times by Coach Brown as being in the mix for playing time in 2008.

Other DBs on the roster include:
UMass DB are one of the top units in FCS/I-AA. I'm excited about watching them play against pass happy Holy Cross and Texas Tech.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This secondary is as impressive as I can remember in recent memory. The future appears very promising as well. I think R. Goodwin is going to be a very special player, much in the same mold as S. Smalls. With his size and excellent productivity in high school, K. Davis seems better suited for tailback than in the secondary. He and Korey Davis should be redshirted this year and preserved for the future of the offense. These two seem like a formidable tandem to have for the backfield.