Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Status of UMass 2010--- Offensive linemen

I went through the stats for all eleven games in 2009 to check on offensive linemen.

In 2010 we lose:
Returning in 2010 are:
In addition, we will add:
  • Greg Niland 6-5 305 - Transfer from Northeastern, Started at LT for the Huskies
  • Anthony Dima- 6-7 271 Transfer from Hofstra-Red Shirt
NOTES: The UMass offensive line led the CAA in sacks against with only 17-130 yards 1.55/game AVE. We had seven different players start, including four at RG. Senior math major Jarad Chivers came out of nowhere to start eleven games for the Minutemen. Before the season started, I thought the UMass running game would dominate. I felt we under achieved somewhat in the run aspect of the offense. We did have an injury to Tony Nelson. We also got behind early in a number of games and that forced a reduction in carries. The Minutemen ended up 5th in the CAA with 148.8 yards/game.

In 2010, we lose two starters. Niland and Milhim would seem to be top two contenders--- except neither are centers. Samuda has played center before and that would allow Milhim to stay at RG. Ostaszewski has played some guard, so he could possibly move to LG if Samuda moved to center. That would free up LT for Niland.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is a seriously BIG group. While filling Vald's shoes will be difficult, this should be one of the strengths of the team.

MinuteFan said...

If the run game was somewhat disappointing last year, it was because the offense lacked balance, not injuries to Nelson or poor run blocking. The good teams figured out that the passing game was not a threat, they stuffed the box and dared UMass to throw knowing that turnovers would result. Look at the UNH game, UMass best performance of the season. Trailing in the second half, UMass tried to pass their way back into the game but Havens tossed a couple of bad INTs. They then took the ball out of his hands, the Minutemaen ran for over 100 yds. in the 4th quarter, and won the game. But that doesn't work against a defense that can stop the run better than UNH did that day, which is most of the good CAA defenses. Without a good quarterback and the threat of a passing attack, the run game will stall again this season.

Anonymous said...

Quinton Sales is a center. How does he fit in with the OL choices??

Anonymous said...

they need Picucci to be the OL coach in the spring and mold this young crew. I would bet their is talent in the group, just need to develop it.

Anonymous said...

any word on josh jennings? he could get a 5th year.

UMass74 said...

Jennings already had a medical redshirt year (2006).

I doubt if the NCAA would give him a 6th year.

Anonymous said...

John Ihne started the majority of the 2008 season @ center and if not for injuries would have started the entire 2009 season. He is the clear favorite to return to the starting center role in 2010.

Anonymous said...

It could be possible if he applied. he only played 2 full seasons of college football at Umass and one year at Dean. he missed 2 full seasons with injury.

Anonymous said...

Starting line up next season.

LT-Niland/Sawicki
LG-Flanagan/Ihne
C-Samuda/Sales
RG-Milhim/Flanagan
RT-Osta/McMackin

Samuda Is the only clear choice at center because of experience. Niland should fill in the LT spot because he has played in this league already. Osta. Should return as a starter also. Everything else is up for grabs.

Anonymous said...

Jennings albeit a good player isn't a concern at LB since this is the deepest position on the team. I'd like to see Zardas get another year since he would be eligible for a medical hardship. THAT FB position is a concern . . . not linebacker!

Anonymous said...

Samuda has started 22 games at LG. While Ihne has played alot at C
I think the starting lineup would be:
LT Niland
LG Samuda
C Ihne
RG Milhim
RT Ostaszewski

Anonymous said...

what is status of l.b.s for 2010