Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday--July 14th, 2014

Dan Malone has another chapter of his Top-25 UMass players for 2014

This time he covers JUCO TE's Jean Sifrin 6-7 250 and Jon Denton 6-6 260. As Dan says, Whipple has moved aggressively to fill holes in the UMass roster, especially on offense.

Sifrin's UMass bio.
Denton's UMass bio.

The Spring depth chart listed three returning TE's

  • Brandon Howard RSJR 6-5 240 4-55 career catches 0 career starts
  • Shawn Campbell RSSR 6-2 205 Not on current roster
  • Rodney Mills JR 601 205 5-47 career catches 4 career starts
TE's have always been a large part of Whipple's offense. In our championship year of 1998, Kerry Taylor had 74-854 11.5 AVE 5 TD's 40 LONG 56.9 AVE/game

The next year Sean Higgins had 51-615 12.1 AVE 2 TD's 31 LONG 47.3 AVE/game (second on the team).

Sifrin appears to be the better pass catcher. His size should make him a mismatch against most teams UMass plays. Denton seems to be more of a blocker, but Whipple's vertical offense means the QB has to stay upright while the WR's go long. If Denton can block at an FBS level he would contribute a lot.

The UMass roster also lists FR TE's
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MAC Conference Media Days will be July 22nd and 23rd.

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A Vanderbilt blog reacts to ESPN's prediction the Commodores will finish on the bottom of the SEC.

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Steelers.com gets to know Rob Blanchflower.

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The Indy Star previews Ball State who will visit McGuirk on Black Friday.


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Penn State makes big gains in the weight room.

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