Thursday, March 04, 2010

The state of UMass 2010---Linebackers

This will be the fifth unit review for 2010. Previous editions include:

Losses for 2010:
  • Eric Dickson -RSSr 10 Starts, 95 TT, 5 BKRP, 2nd on team in TT, 6th in CAA TT
Returning 2010 (class rank for 2010):
  • Tyler Holmes- Jr, 10 Starts, 2nd Team All-CAA, Led UMass 110 TT, 2nd in CAA and 8th in NCAA in TT, led UMass in INT's and tied for most BKRP's
  • Perry McIntyre -Soph, Played 11 games-started 7, 3rd on team with 64 TT, CAA Rookie-of-the Week Sept 26th Stony Brook
  • Kurt Filler - Sr (?) Played 4 games started 4, season ending knee injury 9/26. Not sure if he wants/will get medical redshirt.
  • D.J. Adeoba - RSSoph, Played 8 games-started one. CAA Rookie-of-the-week 9/5 Kansas State, injured during that game 12 TT
  • Nick Haag - RSSoph , Played 11 games-started 0, 12 TT
  • Mike Mele -SR, Played 3 games-started 1, 11 TT
  • Scott Duggan -RSSR, Played 8 games-started 0, 8 TT
  • Chris Chamberlin -RSSoph, Played 11 games-started 0, 5 TT
  • Dawan Nolton -RS Soph, Played 3 games-started 0, 1 TT
Red Shirt Freshmen for 2010:
True Freshman recruits:
  • Stanley Andre 6-1 250
  • Matt Campbell 6-1 230
  • Chad Hunte -Soph, Transfer Northeastern-Played 11 games, 32 TT

Notes: Dickson's graduation causes UMass to lose 29% of their 2009 linebacker tackles. A commenter in another post stated that Nick Haag has transferred to Assumption. I have no information about that. We probably won't know if Kurt Filler took a redshirt year until the spring roster comes out.

Even if we are without those two, there will still be seven returning linebackers who played in 2009. Also available will be three redshirt freshmen and one transfer. So we will have at least eleven linebackers and maybe thirteen available in 2010. UMass will have five linebackers (six if you count the Hofstra transfer) who started at least one game in 2009.

The linebacker corps is the only UMass position unit that returns an All-CAA player for 2010: Tyler Holmes. This has to be the deepest unit on the team. It would seem the two true freshmen linebackers will almost certainly be redshirted unless they are switched to another position.

UMass appears to have a lot more linebackers than defensive linemen. Would UMass consider playing a 3-4 defense----or even a 3-5-3 (gaining popularity to defense the spread) ?

Northeastern transfer Chade Hunt played as a true freshman for the Huskies. I wonder if UMass would like him to take a redshirt year? He is more of a safety in size --- 6-0 205. The UMass secondary could probably use him more than the linebacker corps.


Anonymous said...

Chad Hunte is a transfer from northeastern. idk how reliable this information is on this site?

Anonymous said...

hunt is a northeastern transfer

Anonymous said...

Filler didn't apply for medical redshirt, is not practicing with team. Haag is enrolled at assumption. Also Hunte transfered from northeastern you have correct up top but then say he transfered from the hofstra pride later on.

Anonymous said...

For the record, Chad Hunt played for Northeastern. Not Hofstra.

Anonymous said...

I heard Kurt filler and mike haag have moved on and are not with the team right now working out. You have to believe mcyintire and holmes will be back as starters. Mele who has the most starts of all the linebackers if you count his time at syracuse has to be the front runner for the third linebacker spot with Adeoba competing with him and maybe even alternating with him. Hunte has to be the 5th lb and solid back-up. The 6th spot would then be up for grabs between Duggan, who is the only other lb with playing experience and was a backup last year, and d1 tansfer who under-performed last year, Nolton. Tom Brandt who was the scout team player of the year also could be in the mix.

Anonymous said...

Also Chamberlain has moved to defensive end.

UMass74 said...
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UMass74 said...

I had Hunte right up top, got tangled up in my narrative later on. It's fixed now.

Nothing brings out the anal retentives like an error :)

Anonymous said...

Pretty solid but a bit undersized. Speed will work in their favor, but if Filler returns that would be very helpful. Hunte moving to the secondary, esp. to safety, is intruiging.

Anonymous said...

hunte will still be with the lbs the have enough safetys with shane back and kumar davis and thellen competing for the other spot hunte is too big and slow to play cb