Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Wednesday News ---- May 2nd, 2010

The Texas Tech blog "Double T Nation" has a profile of former UMass player and assistant coach Neal Brown. Minutemen fans have been following Brown's career since he left UMass.


The results are in from the AGS preseason poll:

Any Given Saturday Poll Top 25

(First place votes in parenthesis), Points
1. Villanova (81) 2344
2. Montana (7) 2106
3. Appalachian St. (2) 1965
4. William & Mary (3) 1909
5. Southern Illinois (1) 1825
6. New Hampshire 1644
7. Elon 1578
8. Richmond 1414
9. South Dakota St. 1359
10. South Carolina St. 1352
11. Stephen F. Austin 1218
12. Northern Iowa 1028
13. McNeese St. 1011
14. Eastern Washington 1002
15. Delaware 885
16. James Madison 871
17. Jacksonville St. 720
18. Weber St. 639
19. Liberty 582
20. Furman 491
21. Eastern Illinois 480
22. Montana St. 377
23. Cal Poly 319
24. Pennsylvania 277
25. Holy Cross 262

Others receiving votes (minimum of 5 votes): Prairie View A&M (43), Texas St. (41), Northern Arizona (36), Massachusetts (31), Maine (30), Colgate (25), Wofford (22), Eastern Kentucky (20), Lafayette (19), UC Davis (17), Chattanooga (15), Illinois St. (15), Florida A&M (14), Georgia Southern (14), North Dakota St. (13), Central Arkansas (11), Youngstown St. (11), Harvard (10), Lehigh (10), Stony Brook (10), Southeastern Louisiana (9), Albany (8), Grambling St. (7), Dayton (5), Missouri St. (5)

With UMass losing 14 starters and finishing 5-6 in 2009, it would be hard for the Minutemen to crack the top-25 list.

The Sports Network has a question-and-answer segment with Villanova HC Andy Talley.


Ninety four days until the start of the 2010 season. Wearing #94 for the Minutemen is Caleb Violete a 6-0 175 pd K/P from Blacksburg VA.

Violette went 1-2 in field goals at Texas Tech. He punted 40-1561 AVE 39.0 63 LONG 8 FC 12 I20 1 Blkd. That was good enough for him to be 2nd in the CAA in net punting average. Violette was fourth in the league in punting average. That was an excellent start to his career.


Anonymous said...

Losing 14 starters fron last year makes me sick at how much UMass underachieved in '09! It all came down to the QB and TO's which has to be on Morris since HE was the QB coach! I'll give him a pass in his first year but the potential of last years team still knaws at me!

Anonymous said...

not in the top 25 thats a first for umass in the last 10 years I think. Its gonna be a long year.

Anonymous said...

I see 7 losses already on the schedule next year. If this incoming class doesnt show progress the Morris experiment should be over.

Anonymous said...

UMASS is to strong and to competitive not be in the top 25. They will be fine, this recruiting class is going to make Huge Factor early mark my words. Especially at the QB spot, Hill will be our guy and will shine he's very poised and mature for his age, not to mention he has all the tools to do so.

Anonymous said...

they better hope Hill is a complete stud if not it could be two years and done for Morris. he stuck with Havens way too long last year.

Col Hogan said...

I am amazed that people who vote in pre-season polls like the AGS poll think they know enough to rank teams this far out from the season. I'm not saying UMass should be ranked, or shouldn't be ranked, but what happens if this team lives up to the expectations we had last season?

Anonymous said...

you're nuts if you think the freshman qb will turn this team around. even if he does start, which is a very long shot, there's no way that he's ready to take charge of the team. he may have some skills but mentally he has no clue what the college game is like.

Anonymous said...

Would have loved to see Brown as the HC here.. I think hes a rising star.

Anonymous said...

I wish we could get a coach like Neal Brown at Umass. Talk about a rising star in coaching!

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Anonymous said...

What if there are two D1 d lineman transferring to UM and the QB has a good year. Might surprise a few people.