Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday--August 19th, 2015

The UMass website has a post on the Minutemen's first fall practice.

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Dan Malone reports Mark Whipple says Blake Frohnapfel is working at "another level" this fall. The old level was pretty good. Just stay healthy, Blake!

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The UMass Daily Collegian reports on the first day of camp.

Anthony Chusano of the Collegian has a post on the Minutemen's defensive secondary.

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image by Dan Malone
Dan also reports on incoming freshman kicker Michael Caggiano.

Caggiano's UMass bio. There's not many college football fanbases in the country where maybe the top discussed recruit is a kicker, but UMass fans really hope Caggiano is the solution to two years of misery. As we've discussed here many times, UMass finished at or near the bottom of the MAC in most kicking and punting stats. We had five close losses in 2014. Most football gurus believe special teams decide about a third of all contests. If any of the freshman players have an open door to be an impact player and four-year starter, it's Caggiano.

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Matty Vautour says Blake Frohnapfel has a stronger foundation this year. Matty also reports the coaching staff hope to have Andrew Verboys take over as holder on kicks.

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The Buffalo Bulls talk about a new football era.

The Bulls return only four starters on defense.

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Wagner will play at BYU on October 24th. Former UMass player Greg Hilliard is one of the Seahawks top players. Hilliard's Wagner bio. The article also mentions former UMass player and coach Malik Hall.

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The MAC Conference goes to eight officials this year.

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A Bleacher Report writer ranks the MAC sixth in twelve conferences in running back strength.

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Sports Chat Place ranks UMass eighth in the thirteen team MAC.

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Mike Rosenburg has a post on the most-arrested football teams over the last five years. Twenty-four of the top-25 teams are Power Five squads.

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very excited for Caggiano to come in and take over placekicking duties. You're right, it's very strange that the most talked-about recruit is the kicker but that's where we are at.

Any talk of an "open competition" with Blake Lucas though is just to spare Lucas more backlash. Even he knows this isn't his job, he has to. If Caggiano isn't the kicker to start the year I'll eat my shoe. (Not literally, but you get the point...)

-rsox1221

Minutefanjsf said...

That sports chat article is full of typographical errors and makes little sense. How can a team, UMass, be bowl eligible but behind teams the author predicts to have sub .500 or .500 records. It can't all be based in the division. OOC should matter too.

UMass74 said...

I agee. Over the last week or so I've linked to an article that thought Charlie Molnar is still UMass coach and another that thought 2014 was the Minutemen's first year in FBS.

Sites like Sports Chat Place pay (?) their authors to churn out copy. Sometimes I snort when I read them, but if they mention UMass, I figure the blog's readers know enough to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Anonymous said...

1st screw up by new AD-letting Kellogg set up Europe trip. Playing the equivalent of Berkshire Community College talent. But instead of playing in WMASS, they fly to Europe. Mr. AD- do your job, to much is given, we expect more. Epic fail. Playing against rag tag teams does not help. Enjoy the sights.

Anonymous said...

Jesus Christ it is INCREDIBLE how miserable some people are. What on earth is wrong with the team taking advantage of an overseas trip? Who cares who they're playing, that's totally irrelevant because last I checked it's August. God-forbid they get a chance to experience some actual culture and do some team-building. This season could shape up to be a long one, but the fact they're getting the chance to travel like this as a team is only going to help them this year.

-rsox1221

Anonymous said...

Getting to play overseas allows teams to practice and scrimmage more often than a year not having a trip. I think next summer would've been a better year to have it but, oh well, what do I know.

Seems like the team is enjoying themselves, and it will only help woth team's squad.

-Chizzle

Anonymous said...

Agree, awful job by Kellogg in setting up games against horrible competition. Most coaches set up games against great young teams, usually with an eye on recruiting some of these foreigners. The team they have played twice, are not pro's. DK got duped. While other coaches are scooping up foreign players, we scoop up leftovers. Talk of team bonding is BS, we have heard it before, let's see how well they get along when they are benched during a losing streak.

UMass74 said...

OK, this thread is shut down. If you want to bash UMass hoops, then a message board is the proper format.