Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tuesday--March 26, 2013

Yesterday I mentioned I would have some UMass historical scans on today's blog. I'm going to push that back a day or so as I have some material to work with today. A football blogger in March or April is always scratching for any scrap of news.

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UMass Spring practice starts today. Harry Plumer says UMass is going back to fundamentals.

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Matty V has a story on Spring Practice here (paywall, but you can register and get five views a month). News includes offensive linemen Michael Bowland and Jamie Casselberry have left the team for health reasons. Marken Michel has also left.

The offensive line was major problem for the Minutemen in 2012 and looks like it will be trouble again this year. The Minutemen simply do not have many bodies at that position. UMass may again be playing at least one true freshman, a circumstance that make most OL coaches shudder.

Gone from 2012:

Returning or added this Spring:
OL recruits arriving in Fall:
  • Terrell Correia 6-7 280 ESPN two-star recruit
  • Tyshon Henderson 6-7 315 ESPN two-star recruit
  • Fabian Hoeller 6-3 301
  • Jordan Page 6-5 300 ESPN two-star recruit
  • Rich Queen 6-3 275 ESPN two-star recruit
Freshman bios are in the recruiting page.


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Former UMass QB Scott Woodward has been named offensive coordinator at Fairleigh Dickinson. Scott has been QB coach at Westfield State for the past three years. The news report is in the Monday section of Football Scoop.

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Ball State opens their Spring practice with a “Anything, Anytime, Anywhere” attitude.

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Old FCS foes Appalachian State and Georgia Southern are moving to the Sun Belt conference according to this report.

This report asks what will happen to FCS if more of the top teams leave?

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Twelve of the 64 teams in the NCAA March Madness do not have football. Three of those teams made the Sweet Sixteen this year. Marquette was a three seed, but Witchita State and LaSalle were #9 and #13 seeds respectively.

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Former UMass coach Bob Shoop says run defense is the key to championships.

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1 comment:

TopUMassFan said...

Congratulations to Scott Woodward! He was a solid player for the Minutemen! I didn't know the coached at my old alma mater, Westfield State, but I wish him the best at F- D. Always enjoyed chatting with his Dad at McQuirk and the Montana and App. State game.