Friday, January 02, 2015

Friday, January 2nd, 2015


Matty Vautour says sources from the UMass program believe Jean Sifrin will declare for the NFL Draft.

Sifrin, at 27 years old, is probably wise to declare. I think he'd get more money after a bowl game, but there's always the chance of injury. If he's drafted, then it's a good trade off. A free agent contract would be less (a lot less) financially rewarding.

Rodney Mills would be Sifrin's probable replacement at TE.

Other TE's on the roster (class is for 2015):

Sharif Custis RSSO 6-3 210 DNP in 2014
Jon Denton SR 6-6 260 12 games played in 2014. No catches
Jordan Fiske RSFR 6-3 225 DNP in 2014
Brandon Howard RSSO 6-5 250 12 games played,4 catches for 57 yards and two kickoff returns
Jon Lucier RSFR 6-6 215 DNP in 2014
Todd Stafford RSSO 6-7 261 1 game played in 2014

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Matty also reports grayshirts Randall West and Lamarriel Taylor will join the Minutemen for the Spring Semester.

Randall West 6-4 220 spent the fall rehabbing a torn ACL suffered late in Senior season. By no being on campus this fall, he saved a redshirt season. West played against top competition in North Jersey, so he could be a force at QB. He's another reason to go to the Spring game.

Lamarriel Taylor 6-3 185 had 72 catches for 1,516 yards and 23 TD's for Mission Bay HS in CA. He should also prosper in Whipple's vertical passing game. Taylor was a two-star recruit on 247Spots.

YouTube interview of Taylor from 2013. Hudl.com has senior season highlights.

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The Blog's sister lives in Eugene, OR. She relates that Eugene passed an ordinance banning fireworks except for the Fourth of July and New Years. I'll bet it was noisy in Eugene last night.

NBC also reports the playoffs are a financial bonanza for the Power Five conferences.

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OT, but NBC Sports predicts the NIT for UMass hoops.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sifrin will probably be an UndraftedFA, due to his age, but he will make a roster somewhere.

We will need to reload at both TE and WR. Both positions are of immediate need due to either graduating players next 8or inexperience. Quite a few TEs on the roster, but are any ready to step in Sifrin role? Mills is more an H-back, a damn good one, but he too is a senior next year.