Saturday, April 04, 2015

Saturday-- April 4th, 2015

UMass has a new Spring practice video: competition in the backfield. It's not posted on YouTube, so I can't embed it in the blog.

As we've talked about a number of times, most pundits talk about Whipple's vertical passing game, but his offense usually allows big rushing numbers too. Last year, UMass never really got on track. The Minutemen averaged 109.3 yards/game rushing. Opponents averaged 191.8.

Part of the problem was only Shadrach Abrokwah was able to stay healthy. Jamal Wilson averaged 4.4 yards a carry and that was during the Power Five section of our schedule. Lorenzo Woodley and J. T. Blyden showed flashes, but were not consistent. Probably the statistic that shows the lack of flash in the UMass running game was longest carry:

  • Abrokwah 24 yards
  • Woodley 43 yards
  • Blyden 18 yards
  • Wilson 11 yards

Dan Malone has a feature on Rodney Mills, the Swiss army knife of the Minutemen offense.


Andrew Chuma, the son of former UMass player Mike Chuma (1979, 1980, 1981) signed a letter of intent to Lafayette.


The Detroit Free Press says Western Michigan is tearing up recruiting.


The new College Football Hall-of-Fame opens in Atlanta.


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