Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Tuesday--October 1, 2013

Dave Clawson says UMass' record is a function of the tough schedule the Minutemen have played.

Dan Malone reports the Minutemen are getting back to work after the fallout from the video and petition. Malone says on the injury front, Bedell, Woodley, Doyle and Seals are practicing. LB Steve Casali is week-to-week and WR Shakur Nesmith practiced in a limited capacity.

UMass opens as a 25-point underdog to Bowling Green. Keepers College football rankings has the Minutemen a 34.37 point under dog to the Falcons. As I have said before, Bowling Green is the second best team in the conference with a BCS-class defense. You would expect UMass to be big underdogs to BG and NIU.

Coach Molnar thinks the Minutemen are ready to start making a move in the MAC

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Matty V. reports the Minutemen returned to practice after a controversy filled off week.

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Jimmy Kelly of Hustle belt thinks UMass could make some recruiting hay from Paul Pasqualoni's firing at UConn.

Nobody was paying attention, but my post on UMass adding Holines and Sylva to the UMass recruiting fold will pay benefits in 2014. As I have said several times, the UMass defense has not had a lot of the recruiting benefits so far. Those two three-star players will definitely  add talent to the Minutemen defense.

Here's a list to UConn signees for 2013. UMass has made strides in recruiting offensive linemen, running backs and linebackers. With Blanchflower and Ricardo Miller both graduating, UMass could use some TE's. The Minutemen will be in the market for WR's, DL's and hopefully a QB. I wonder if more Husky players will transfer.

Here's a list of UConn's 2014 commits. Changing coaches releases recruits even from signed LOI. Several of the Husky commits were recruited by UMass.

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Speaking of UConn, SB nation lists seven possible replacements for Pasqualoni. Two MAC coaches and two former UMass coaches make the list.

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Bowling Green RB Travis Greene was named MAC Offensive player-of-the-week for his 213 total yards of offense and two TD's against Akron Saturday.

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The NY Daily News says Victor Cruz is still full of fight.

Jeromy Miles should be returning to practice for the Ravens this week.

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