Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday--November 15th, 2014

Blake Frohnapfel
Dan Malone has news on Blake Frohnapfel's injury. Apparently, Frohnapfel has a "bone bruise" and is making progress. As of now, Austin Whipple is taking the first team reps. The sounds positive as far as it goes. If Blake can't go for Akron with the short week, maybe he'll be available for Buffalo.

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I received the following E-mail. Not sure if it went out to all the season ticket holders or just the Gridiron Club.


That was a heck of a game Wednesday night, wasn't it? Your Minutemen — our Minutemen — played tough on both sides of the ball for 60 minutes and delivered a strong 24-10 win in front of a great home crowd and a national TV audience. That's what we've been building toward this season.

I hope we made you proud. I know you made us proud.

It was incredible, on a night when winter temperatures descended on Amherst, to look up into the stands and see all of you — students, alumni, community members … UMass fans, more than 13,000 strong — there to cheer on our team.

Thank you for being part of a great night for UMass football.

I've been saying this all season: We Win Together. Last night, that's just what we did. Won. Together.

I hope you'll come back to McGuirk Stadium November 28 when we wrap up our season against the Buffalo Bulls. Show our senior players how much their efforts have meant to you. And let's all head into the recruiting season on a high note.

If you're traveling for the holiday and you can't make it, tell your friends who are staying in the area or coming back to Western Mass for Thanksgiving about the team we have and the tradition we're building. Encourage them to get out to the game, and bring their families. Tell them what it means when we say, We Win Together.

Go UMass!

Mark Whipple

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Spencer Riddenhour, who played one season for UMass after transferring from Penn State, is in trouble again.

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This article speaks about Akron's improvement under Terry Bowden. Note that Bowden has 14 FBS transfers and 8 JUCO's playing for the Zips. Akron's best game this year was a 21-10 win over Pitt. The Panthers own website said the Zips dominated.

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The MAC website features Akron OL Travis Switzer. Switzer's Zips bio.

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I forgot to mention that former UMass assistant coach John Strollo in on the Ball State staff as offensive line coach.

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In the MAC Conference, Western Michigan is the team currently making the biggest turnaround.

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