Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday--June 12th, 2015

I've linked to Phil Steele's % of tackles returning, % of offensive yards returning and % of lettermen returning.

Today I thought I'd take a look at MAC returning starters. Figures from the Athlon Sports 2015 College Football magazine

Offense:

3 Miami (Ohio)
4 Akron, Toledo
5 Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan
6 Buffalo, Northern Illinois
7 Kent State
9 UMass, Ohio, Western Michigan
10 Bowling Green, Ball State

Note on UMass: the Minutemen return 10 starters from the end of season two-deep, if you consider Shadrach Abrokah as the starter. I would consider the TB position as the top up-for-grabs position in Summer camp. Whipple could keep Rodney Mills as H-Back or move him to TE. I think he'll do the former unless he thinks there is really no production available from other candidates for TE. Back while I was away, Dan Malone's report on the Spring Game said Lorenzo Woodley's stock was up and TE's were down.

Defense:

3 Buffalo
5 Bowling Green, Central Michigan
6 Akron (five Power Five transfers coming in)
7 Kent State, Western Michigan, Ohio, Ball State, Eastern Michigan
8 Miami (Ohio) Northern Illinois, Toledo
9 UMass

Bonus:

Colorado 6 Offense-9 defense
Florida International 6 offense-8 defense
Temple 7 offense-10 defense
Notre Dame 7 offense 10 defense

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The Mississippi State Blog "For whom the cowbell Tolls" says the Bulldog's series with UMass makes sense.

BTW, I haven't mentioned that Mississippi State fans are the only fans with a dispensation making ringing cowbells legal.


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The CT Post says Syracuse or BC should be UConn's big rivals.

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This article about Chip Kelly mentions former UMass assistant coach Bill McGovern (1987-90, 1992-93) and UMass.

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Football Schedules has a downloadable .pdf MAC helmet schedule here.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bamford's next move is selling tickets and getting more people involved with UMASS. The Kraft group gave up on the old regime about 3-4 months after the initial press conference announcing the Patriots allowing use of Gillette. They saw the incompetent staff, from AD McCutcheon, his assistants and others. The marketing of UMASS football has been in one word-AWFUL. Look for new people, new plans and much more success. People have already been told that they are out and that is a good sign. The Kraft group should be re-engaged with this new administration, when they see real professionals replacing the many incompetent old staff members, who could not see cold beer to a soldier on a weekend leave in the desert.