Monday, January 04, 2010

Status of UMass 2010-- Receivers

Image of returning WR Julian Talley is by the UMass Athletic Dept.


In 2009 the receiving corps went:
  • 196 REC 2521 Yards 12.9 Ave 11 TD's 67 LONG 229.2 yards/game
In 2008 the receivers went:
  • 218 REC 2971 Yards 13.4 Ave 24 TD's 80 LONG 242.6 yards/game


In NCAA stats, UMass was 27th nationally in 2009.

For 2010, UMass loses:
  • Victor Cruz 10 starts 59-868 14.7 ave 5 TDs 78.9 yards/game
  • Jeremy Horne 8 starts 22-297 13.5 ave 0 TD's 27.0 yards/game
  • Joe Sanford 3 starts 16-240 15.0 ave 0 TD's 21.8 yards/game
  • Matt Silver 10 starts 11-130 11.8 ave 0TD's 11.8 yards/game (TE)
That's a total of 102 catches and 1235 yards. Those receivers accounted for 48% of UMass' receiving yards.

UMass also loses some receiving yards from the offensive backfield:
Returning for 2010 are:
Other receivers on the roster are (all years are for 2010):
Notes: The TE position look solid for 2010. Emil Igwenaqu as an "H" back was third in the team in catches and looked athletic while doing so. Andrew Kervis had two of the teams 11 pasing TD's despite not being thrown to much.

The WR position looks more problematic. Julian Talley should start. After him, things look thin. Syracuse transfer Dan Sheeran was originally rated as a pretty good recruit for the Orange. He would seem to have the inside track to be the other wideout in 2010.

JUCO receiver Jesse Julmiste was a late addition to the 2009 UMass squad. He was All-Broward County in 2006 (link is pdf). His Rivals page is here. In his senior year he drew interest from UCF, Memphis, Rutgers and Temple. His highlight tape claims he ran a 4.32 40 in HS. It remains to be seen if Julmiste is a Adrian Zullo type WR or is destined to run back kickoffs.

Receivers is a position that could use some recruiting attention in 2010. Beyond Tally and Sheeran there does not seem to be a lot of Division I talent. Besides any freshman recruits, a JUCO or I-A transfer would be a prudent get.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Anthony Nelson, the Hofstra WR who will be an instant starter along with being an ALL CAA punt returner, something UMass has lacked in recent years! We s/b OK @ WR.

Anonymous said...

Emil is going to be an all conference player this year. he is a huge upgrade over Silver who was a non factor all year. Talley is going to have a big year, he just needs a little help from his supporting cast. Sanford and Horne are easily replaceable, they were irrelevant all season.

Anonymous said...

Any official word on WR Anthony Nelson transferring from Hofstra. I'd expect him to be a significant contributor next season.

Anonymous said...

Won't Emil be used more as a fullback?

Anonymous said...

UMASS just needs to switch up the offense period. What ever they did in the last game against Hofstra, with an Athletic QB, doesn't sound bad to me. Give Octavious Hawkins his chance.
If Kyle Havens is given another starting job which im guessing he is (knowing this coaching staff over the years), i hate to say it but we will have another losing season.
Change is needed badly around here, and it looks to me that we don't have the same type of talent as the 06 national championship year. So what do you do? You run an offense and run plays in an Offense that you will be good with, considering the type of players you have. The Team has allot of speed and an Athletic QB. So Use it, and stop thinking Kyle Havens is the answer.
Who Agrees?

Anonymous said...

I agree with the last post. If Haven's couldn't get it done with the receivers last year, then what is the thought process behind him being successful in 2010? He has NO mental toughness and lacks the leadership quality a QB should have. Woodward may not have been the best QB on the team, but he was a true leader, and the team actually played for him in the Hofstra game. If the team didn't play for Havens last year, whey should/would they this year?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a player on the team after reading that last comment. that isnt good if players see a problem on the offense and nothing is done to correct it.

Anonymous said...

Not, I'd go with experience , sure havens had an off year , but i'd like to see the offense go spread like havens ran in california , but also use octavius in wildcat formations .All the fbs teams are using the spread and alot of the more sucessful fcs teams are going that way too.

Anonymous said...

I have to say, in the games I watched, Havens couldn't connect consistently past fifteen yards. Strong arm, perhaps, but he was off the mark a lot.

Anonymous said...

Nobody does. Why do people constantly claim Octavious is athletic? If you want an athletic QB you better hope Griffin Murphy comes to UMass.

Anonymous said...

I agree that consideration has to be given to orienting the offense around what they are capable of doing successfully. If that means an open QB competition and putting ina package of plays for Hawkins then that should be considered. Clearly what was going on last season was ineffective. Change is needed.

Anonymous said...

have any of yo even seen Hawkins play? how does anyone know he is athletic? for all you know he could be just like the other quarterbacks on the roster?

Anonymous said...

Get ready for a 4 win season, because change isn't something that goes on at Umass. Just like they didn't change the coaching when Brown left, all they did was promote Morris. Just like they didn't change the QB situation until the last game of the season, and the coaching staff knew they were not being fair with giving every QB on the roster a shot. CHANGE! CHANGE! CHANGE! Please- 2 years straight of BAD UMASS football is Unacceptable! This is reminding me of the 05 season when we had all of that talent and didn't even make the playoffs. I don't even feel proud of going to the games anymore, because we are not even going to the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

What Off year did HAVENS have? it was the kids first year. If you take in a transfer and he only has 2 years of eligibility left, As a coach you better make sure he can get the job done, and know he can really play the game.
There is no room to say he had an off year he wasn't a sophomore with 2 more years to play after, for crying out loud. It's not his fault, it was simply bad recruiting and a bad decision by the coaches to continue to leave him as the starter for over 90% of the season.

Anonymous said...

To the poster that mentioned Griffin Murphy QB. He commited to Fordham.

Anonymous said...

trust me kyle havens can get the job....this is going to be his second season in the offense with a much better understanding