Monday, July 24, 2017

UMass Recruiting 2018--Shatar McClay verbals to UMass

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Shatar McClay, a 6-0 165 pound DB/WR from Clarksburg, TN has Tweeted he's verbaled to UMass.

The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle has a story on McClay's signing with UMass.

Partial quote from the above article:

"McClay was named to The Leaf-Chronicle/Legends Bank All Area Football Team after totaling 13 touchdowns. He had 36 receptions for 746 yards with a 19.6-yard average. He also finished with 21 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble as well as two punt return touchdowns."

247Sports three-star player. has video. three-star player.

Previously verbaled to Tennessee.

McClay held offers from Tennessee, Purdue, Indiana and Western Kentucky.

Nice boost to UMass' 2018 recruiting class.

UMass Football News--July 28th, 2017

Rotoworld picks UMass #127 of 130 teams for 2017.


Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle says UMass football is a month away.


Hawaii Football loses another defensive lineman.


The Winston-Salem Journal previews the Sun Belt conference including UMass opponents Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State and says the latter should be a big favorite over UMass.

The Mountaineers are picked to win the Sun Belt championship.

The Chants are picked last.


The Orlando Sentinel ranks Mississippi State #40.


One preseason prediction service has Tennessee as #25.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Vilinton Tengrowth

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Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Vilinhton Tengroth, a 5-10 190 Athlete/RB from Sweden.

247Sports page here.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a story on UMass' offer to Tengroth.

Tengroth has attended multiple American football camps. So far, the Minutemen are Tengroth's only offer.

UMass Football News--July 22nd, 2017

Twelve Appalachian State players make the first and second team preseason All-Sun Belt team. The Mountaineers make their first ever visit to Amherst on October 28th.

Appalachian State also has Jalin Moore, the Sun Belt preseason player-of-the-year.

The Mountaineers are loaded this year and I'll pick them to be favored over their entire schedule except for the opener at Georgia.

CBS Local previews the Sun Belt including UMass opponents Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.


Coastal Carolina's HC has surgery, but he won't miss the Chants opener against UMass.

Speaking of Coastal Carolina, Underdog Dynasty previews the Chants.


Athlon Sports ranks Mississippi State's 2017 schedule and places UMass behind FCS Charleston Southern.


Sports Illustrated ranks the college football conferences for 2017.



I watched a replay of 2016 meeting of Michigan and Iowa last evening. Iowa upset the previously undefeated Wolverines 14-13.

Michigan had a freshman WR named Eddie McDoom.


Friday, July 21, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Broderick Calhoune image
Broderick Calhoune, a 5-9 155 pound CB/WR from Mesquite, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Partial quote from a 06/21/17 article by Greg Powers:

"The Mesquite (Texas) Horn defender is currently committed to Louisiana Tech, but the Bulldogs will fight to hold onto him. He is one of the fastest players in and out of his breaks and shows lightning quick closing speed. His high school program is known for producing top-level defensive back prospects and the 5-foot-10, 160-pound Calhoun can play at the P5 level."

Rivals three-star player.

Also ran track & field.

Calhoune has eight offers with UMass as the only school from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--July 21st, 2017

Matty Vautour has a post on Marquis Young being named the the Doak Walker Award watch list.

Keving Dillon of MassLive also has a story about Young.

In 2016 Young went 12-12 GP-GS 197-898 4 TD's 83 LONG 4.6 AVE/A 74.4 AVE/G. He also went 26-147 REC. Young's AVE/A dropped from 6.7 in 2015 to 4.6 AVE/A in 2016. Part of that was likely UMass playing five Power Five teams.

UMASS currently has four other RB's on the roster:

Bilal Ally #22 RB 5-10 190 SO 0-1 GP-GS 17-97 5.7 AVE/A 34 LONG
Tyshaun Ingram #21 RB 6-0 208 SO 0-11 GP-GS 5 TT on defense in 2016
Marcus Odiah #21 RB 6-0 197 RSFR Redshirted in 2016
Nick Orekoya #38 RB 5-9 203 SO 0-7 GP-GS on defense in 2017

This is a thin position for UMass. Young should break a 1,000 yards against a schedule with less SEC teams. Boston College was #1 in the ACC and #7 nationally against the rush.

Bilal Ally performed well with limited carries in 2016. Ally had 4,500 + yards rushing and scored 50 TD's in HS. He should get more carries in 2017.

Tyshaun Ingram averaged 6.2 yards/carry in HS.

Odiah and Orekoya are probably walk-ons.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Stevie Scott II

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Back in May, I blogged about Stevie Scott, a 6-0 240 RB from Syracuse, NY.

He's a 247Sports three-star player. reports that his recruiting might be opening up after Syracuse appears to be out of the picture.

Scott has eleven offers including BC, UConn, Rutgers and Pitt from the Northeast. Syracuse already has two RB commits. BC and Rutgers have one.

UMass Football News--July 29th, 2017

Kevin Dillon of MassLive also has a story on Ford.

Ford went 11-9 GP-GS 222-365 2665 26 TD's 14 INT's 74 LONG 61% 7.3 AVE/P 242.3 AVE/G

Since Ford only started 9 games 75% of the season, we could expect him to have some pretty impressive numbers in 2017. Playing fewer Power Five teams in 2017 should also help. Ford would seem to be the locked-in starter for 2017 and 2018. 


UMass has five QB's on the Spring roster. Besides Ford there are:

Blaine Almeida #3 QB 5-11 191 RSFR DNP in 2016
Ross Comis #2 QB 6-0 200 RSJR 4-3 GP-GS 28-63 370 1 INT 1 TD 58 LONG 44% 5.9 AVE/P 92.5 AVE/G
Michael Curtis #17 QB 6-2 210 JUCO transfer in Spring
Randall West #13 QB 6-4 233 RSSO 3-0 GP-GS 3-5 45 yards 43 LONG

Comis' numbers were impacted because he started against #25 Florida and Boston College who had the #9 ranked defense in 2016. ACL injuries usually requires a year to heal, so he might not be 100% until later in the season.

Michael Curtis appears to have three years of eligibility.

In a 2-10 season, Randall West did not have much chance to play. 


Joe Biddle of says Tennessee is a "slam dunk" winner over UMass.

Speaking of the Vols, their current running back roster has a total of one career starts.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

UMass Football News--July 19th, 2017

Andy Isabella makes the preseason Bletnikoff Award Watch list.

Matty Vautour has a post on Isabella and Brenenman making preseason award lists.

UMass has eight wide receivers on the current roster:

Alfred Adarkwah #84 WR 6-4 195 RSJR DNP in 2016
Brennon Dingle #10 WR 5-9 174 RSFR Redshirted in 2016
Andy Isabella #23 WR 5-9 186 JR 10-12 GP-GS 62-801 7 TD's 55 LONG 5.2 REC/G
Connor Lemieux #25 WR 6-0 199 RSSR 0-9 GP-GS played special teams
Patrick O'Reilly, #89 WR 6-3 200 RSFR Redshirted in 2016
Sadiq Palmer #6 WR 6-1 175 SO 0-9 GP-GS 9-100 1 TD 23 LONG
Elijah Robinson #86 WR 6-1 164 RSFR Redshirted in 2016
Patrick Volcy #80 WR 6-3 190 FR In for Spring semester

The Minutemen did not get a lot of production from the WR's last year beyond Andy Isabella. He could get close to a 1,000 yards receiving in 2017. His 62 receptions in 2016 places him #8 on the UMass single season receptions list. That tied Tim Berra (1973). He moved Tajae Sharpe (2013) and Anthony Nelson (2010) to #10 . His 5.2 receptions/ game currently is #2 in career receptions/game behind Tajae Sharpe 5.89/career games

Sadiq Palmer is the only other returning player with some stats. He looks to be in a battle with Brennon Dingle for the "Y" receiver. Whipple could move Isabella to the slot and have Palmer and Dingle to the outside positions. Dingle had an outstanding Spring game.

UMass also brought in a pretty strong 2017 recruiting class. JUCO transfer Jacoby Herring is 6-5 and looks to get a lot of playing time right away.

Patrick Volcy was in for Spring ball and would seem to have an advantage over the other true freshmen.


UMass is one of only two schools with two receivers on the Bletnikoff Award List.


Charlie Strong looks to have an excellent season at USF.


Hartford Courant reporter Jeff Jacobs says "straight shooting" Randy Edsell is back at UConn.

UConn was picked last at the AAC preseason power poll.


The AAC pushes to be considered the 6th Power Conference.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Jerome Ford

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Several recruiting services have report UMass has offered to Jerome Ford, a 5-11 190 pound RB from Seffner, FL.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

Also runs Track & Field

Partial quote from a article dated 05/08/17 by Corey Bender:

"Ford, who claims no leaders in his recruitment, says three schools are labeling him as a top priority at this time.

"South Florida, Oregon State, Cincinnati," Ford replied when asked which schools are recruiting him the hardest."

Ford holds seventeen offers including multiple Power Five schools. Alabama, North Carolina, Oregon State and Missouri are some of the schools offering. UMass is the only school from the Northeast.

Monday, July 17, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Jeremy Banks II

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Back in April I blogged about Jeremy Banks, a 6-2 210 pound RB from Cordova, TX.

Banks holds sixteen offers.

He recently Tweeted UMass is in his top-8.

UMass Football News--July 17th, 2017

I was listening to the Red Sox radio broadcast while drive my truck back from Greenfield, Ma yesterday.

Coach Whipple threw out the first pitch at Fenway. A couple of images are available on the UMass Twitter feed.

During the radio interview Whipple said there was a good chance UMass would be playing Auburn in the future. That should be a lucrative cash game for the Athletic Dept. Some details of Auburn's guarantees for OOC games here. Georgia Southern is receiving $1.3 million and Louisiana-Monroe is getting $1.4 million for games this year.

Jordan Hare Stadium

He also said UMass has had two good recruiting years in a row and he felt the Minutemen were much better situated to play an independent schedule.


An Arkansas website previews Coastal Carolina.


A Macon, GA newspaper ranks UMass two spots below New Hampshire in a review of Georgia Southern's 2017 opponents.


Hero Sports previews Appalachian State. During Whip's interview yesterday one of the announcers stated Appalachian State is looking to leave the Sun Belt and move to the AAC.



As you know, Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy has a long history of ripping UMass football and basketball.

Read his column from 10/28/14:

 "John, Tom, and Larry need to bring the Kung Fu Panda to Fenway Park. I promise never to rip Sandoval for being out of shape or going on the disabled list."


Saturday, July 15, 2017

UMass Football News--July 15th, 2017


UMass currently has 14 defensive lineman on the roster:

Ali Ali-Musa  #90 DL 6-2 274 SR 12-11 GP-GS 16 UT 21 AT 37 TT 4.5 TFL 1 PD 2 FF
Domenico Cipriani #63 DL 6-3 290 RSFR Redshirted in 2016
Basit Dennis #69 DL 6-1 268 RSJR 3-0 GP_GS 1 TT
Da'Sean Downey #4 DL 6-4 225 SR 10-6 GP-GS 25 UT 23 At 44 UT 8.5 TFL 4 FF 6 SACKS
Leon Flanagan, #54 DL 6-1 212 SO 2-0 GP-GS
DaVone Hall, #75 DL 6-3 315 RSJR JUCO transfer
D'Shan Harley #88 DL 6-5 215 RSSO 7-1 GP-GS 3 UT 3 AT 6 TT
Sha-Ki Holines #95 DL 6-3 257 RSSR 12-9 GP-GS 18 UT 26 AT 44 TT 7.0 TFL 1 FF
Roderick Jones, #11 DL 6-2 260 RSSR 10-1 GP-GS 13 TT 1 TFL
Mario Patton #96 DL 6-0 297 RSSO 12-0 GP-GS 5 UT 7 AT 12 TT 1.0 TFL 1 PD
Alex Piechocki #91 DL 6-6 260 FR in for Spring semister
Joe Previte #61 DL 6-2 269 RSJR 8-4 GP-GS 4 UT 18 AT 22 TT 4.5 TFL 1 FR
Sharif Saleem #93 DL 6-5 251 RSFR Redshirted in 2016
Charly Timite #94 DL 6-3 307 RSFR Redshirted in 2016

Although it has not been announced, most UMass fans expect the Minutemen to change to a 4-3 base defense. As football junkies know, defensive linemen are the scarcest recruits.

The college football magazines predict UMass will start Joe Previte and Ali Ali-Musa as the two DT's with Da'Sean Downey and Sha-Ki Holines as the two DE's.

Downey led the Minutemen with 6 sacks in 2016 and he could prosper in a 4-3 as there would be less unassigned offensive linemen facing the defense.

Joe Previte was having a good season before suffering a elbow injury against South Carolina.

UMass does get four new defensive linemen for 2017. Domenico Cipriani, Sharif Saleem and Charly Timite come off redshirt seasons. JUCO transfer DaVone Hall weighs 305 and could provide immediate help inside.

Charlie Timite was a 247Sports three-star recruit. Sharif Saleem was two stars. Cipriani was unrated by recruiting services.

The Minutemen brought in five defensive linemen for 2017 and Alex Piechocki and DaVone Hall were in for the Spring semester. Two-star 2017 recruits Hunter Brown, Jake Byczko and  Caeleb Washington are probably looking at a redshirt year.


Friday, July 14, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Zidane Thomas

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Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Zindane Thomas, a 5-10 205 pound RB from Peoria, AZ.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Hopes to have a 3,000 yard senior season.

Besides UMass, Boise State and Iowa State have offered from FBS.

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Gatlin Grisso II

I've Blogged about Texas Safety Gatlin Grisso before.

He verbaled to Washington State. The Cougars sign a "super athlete".


UMass Football News--July 14th, 2017

Matty Vautour says Steve Casali's goals reach far beyond post-season awards.

The UMass website has a post on Casali being named to the Bronco Nagurski Watch List.

MassLive also mentions Casali being named to the list.


Notre Dame punter Tyler Newsome is named to a Good Works Team.  Newsome holds the Irish single game average distance record 52.4 yards/punt----set against UMass.


The Austin-American Statesman picks the USF Bulls a top-20 team.

The Bulls have three players named to the Bronco Nagurski Watch List. That's a lot of players, but the Bulls were really known for their offense last year. USF was #4 in the nation in offense and #1 in the AAC with 43.8 points per game average. The Bulls scored more than 40 points eight times in 2016.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

UMass Football News--July 13th, 2017

UMass announces some changes to the Gameday Experience at McGuirk. For season Ticket holders, there will be a cash bar at Commonwealth Club and a chance to meet some of the coaches. The Minutemen March with the band, spirit groups and the players prior to the game.

Some wins would also make this Minutemen fan's experience better :)


Mike Chiarelli of Mass Live has a post on Adam Breneman and Logan Laurent being named to the Mackey and Ray Guy Watch list teams.

Matty Vautour also has a story on Breneman and Laurent.

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In 2016 Mike Caggiano went 0-2 in field goals.

Laurent went 7-9 77.8% 3-3 20-29 3-5 30-39 1-1 40-49 LONG 44. UMass' .58 field goals/game was #115 nationally.

UMass was #79 in the nation in net punting average 36.71/attempt.

The current UMass roster has five kicking specialists:

Mike Caggiano #31 K 5-11 176 JR Handled all kickoffs and PATS
Jack Coveney #91 K 6-1 185 RSSO
Theo Yongue #92 K 5-8 156 RSJR
Logan Laurent #99 K/P 6-4 217 RSSR Stats as above
Michael Schreiner #23 K/P 6-0 220 RSFR

A vital part of the kick game is the long snappers. The current roster has two:

Nick Berus #53 LS 6-0 220 RSSR Snapped for all 66 punts
Peter Comaroto #59 LS 5-11 218 RSSO


The Florida State site "Tomahawk Nation" previews their game against Boston College. They'e not impressed.



Concord woman arrested twice in five hours after returning to the police station to demand the cops return her drugs.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Adetutu Daranijo

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Adetutu Daranijo, a 5-10 186 pound Safety from St. Thomas Aquinas HS in FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

Partial quote from a 2016 article by Cory Bender:

"The 5-foot-11, 187-pound Daranijo possesses the skill set and build to line it up at both outside linebacker and strong safety, but will likely settle down at outside linebacker before it's all said and done. He flashes good change of direction when reading and reacting to the football, and is an instinctive kid that really anticipates well.

Daranijo possesses a well-rounded skill set and operates well in space, but has to continue to pack on weight and strengthen up his frame."

This article by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel mentions (at the end) Daranijo.

Daranijo holds 15 offers including Power-Five schools Pitt, Purdue and Missouri.

UMass Football News--July 12th, 2017

As everyone expected Adam Breneman was named to the John Mackey award watch list.

There's a .pdf download from the John Mackey Award people here.

The Centre Daily times mentions Breneman as well as current Penn State TE Mike Gisicki.


Former UMass player and current Kennesaw State Associate AD Vaughn Williams is moving back to Boston College.

Earlier in the year, Williams was named the Under Armour 2017 Director of the Year. Williams was a four-year letter winner for the Minutemen (1988, '89,'90 and 1991).

Speaking of the Eagles, SB Nation thinks Boston College needs an offense. After Don Brown left, the BC defense was still stout under Jimmie Reid. The Eagles were #7 in the nation in rushing defense and #9 in total defense. The offense, however was #118 in scoring and #127 in total offense.


UMass scored 35 points against Mississippi State at Gillette last year. Bulldog coach Dan Mullen says Mississippi State's defense will be different this year.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018-- Cade Barnard II

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Back in April, I blogged about Cade Barnard, a 6-2 220 pound LB from Seminole, TX.

Mike Traini has a post on Barnard and updates his recruiting.

247Sports three-star athlete.

Also ran track & field.

Barnard is up to 15 offers, mostly from Group-of-Five schools. The Minutemen are the only offer from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--July 11th, 2017

Matty Vautour has a post about Adam Breneman's invite to "The Opening" in Oregon last week. God willing, Breneman should be UMass' first FBS All-American. He deserves it; so do UMass fans.


Rotoworld has a story about Andrew Ford and Andy Isabella. Ford thinks Isabella is having a positive impact on the Minutemen's younger WR's.


Saturday Down South looks at win/loss ratios of the SEC. UMass is still an honorary member in 2017 with games against Mississippi State and Tennessee.


Athlon predicts bowl games for eight of the Minutemen's 2017 opponents: Old Dominion, BYU, Temple, Ohio, Appalachian State, Hawaii, Mississippi State and Tennessee.


Western Carolina adds former UMass defensive assistant Michael Painter (2013).


Former Voice of the Minutemen Bob Behler starts his 10th year as Boise State's play-by-play announcer. Time does fly.


Monday, July 10, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Parker Ogle

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Parker Ogle, a 6-3 280 pound OG/C from Palm Beach Gardens, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

Rivals two-star player.

This article from 2016 has a section on Parker. His father played OL for Clemson.

Ogle currently has offers from Bowling Green and UMass.

UMass Football News--July 10th, 2017

Athlon ranks all 130 FBS coaches. Mark Whipple is #114.


UMass trainer Jennifer Brodeur is honored with the College and University Athletic Trainers Committee's New Horizon Award.


Above image is from the PFF Twitter feed.


It being July, Coastal Carolina is officially a FBS college team.


Georgia Southern is being sued by two fired offensive coordinators.


The Hawaii football program offers support to a player seriously injured in a diving accident.

Speaking of the Rainbow Warriors, they just offered a scholarship to a fifth grader.


The Orlando Sentinel ranks Old Dominion as #64 and says the Monarchs should compete for the Conference USA title.

Athlon Sports has Old Dominion as #90.


Saturday, July 08, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Jo-El Shaw III image
Jo-El Shaw, a 6-1 235 pound RB/FB from Lackawanna College has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

I've blogged about Shaw twice before. He received an offer from UMass back early in 2016.

Current 247Sports page. has video from Lackawanna.

Averaged 7.2 yards/carry last year.

Shaw had an offer from Syracuse in 2016 and they have re-offered.

UMass Football News---Saturday July 8th, 2017

Mike Traini has a post on the UMass revenues for 2016.

Mark Chiarelli of Mass Live compares revenues and expenses of the New England teams.

Couple of things seem to stand out. One is the drop in ticket sales revenue from the previous years. I would think most of that would be from the Minutemen's struggles in basketball and hockey. As I have said many times, what I know about hockey would fit in a shot glass, but my impression is that of the universe of football fans, the universe of basketball fans and the universe of hockey fans, the hockey fans probably have the highest percentage of season ticket holders. They really love the sport. It was a tough year for UMass hockey in 2016. Mrs Blog and I usually attend about seven or so home basketball games. The games we went to were fairly lightly attended.

I think that explains the coaching changes in both hockey and basketball. The capital improvements in Mullins will also pay off . I like the coaching hires A.D. Bamford has made in women's basketball, men's basketball and hockey. I think the Minutemen are on the rise and that will be reflected in the numbers in future years.


Speaking of season tickets, I've already ordered my football tickets. Get yours now.


Saturday Down South predicts Tennessee to go 9-3 with a win over UMass.

The Vols are currently #3 in the country in recruiting and #1 in the SEC. Tennessee always recruits well and has a massively loyal fan base. My impression is the team tends to underperform the resources available.


CBS Sports has five Group-of-Five teams that could play on New Years Day. UMass plays two of the five...


Athlon Sports power ranks the college football conferences for 2017.


Friday, July 07, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Ezechiel Tiede image
Ezechiel Tiede, a 6-2 190 pound pro-style QB from Montreal, Quebec has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

Member of the Under-18 Canadian National Team.

UMass continues to try to broaden its recruiting universe. Tiede has one other offer---from the evil BC Eagles.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

UMass Football News--July 6th, 2017

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Former UMass player Tracey Belton won the Arena Football league defensive player-of-the-week award.

Washington Valor press release.

This article features Belton.

Belton was the 2016 Arena Football Defensive Player-of-the-Year.


The current UMass roster lists eleven LB's:

Jarell Addo #26 LB 6-0 190 RSJR DNP 2016
Bryton Barr #44 LB 6-0 225 RSJR Transfer from Towson
James Bowe, #13 LB 6-0 192 SO 11-0 GP-GS 12 UT 14 AT 26 TT
Colbert Calhoun #35 LB 5-11 219  SR 12-8 GP-GS 28 UT 30 AT 58 TT 4.0 TFL 1 PD 1 FF
Steve Casali #34 LB 6-1 236 RSSR12-12 GP-GS 47 UT 58 AT 105 TT 9.5 TFL 6 PD 1 FF 3 FR
Jake Froehlich #47 LB 6-1 245 RSSO Transfer from Oregon
Shane Huber #8 LB 6-3 237 RSSR 4-3 GP-GS 7 UT 13 AT 20 TT 2.5 TFL 2 PD
Tedrick Lowery #6 LB 6-0 221 SR 8-8 GP-GS 14 UT 23 AT 37 TT 2.0 TFL 2 PD 1 FR
Jeremy Rodriguez #49 LB 6-1 227 RSJR 12-0 GP-GS 3 UT 7 AT 10 TT
Mike Ruane #33 LB 6-0 227 FR Spring enrollee
Adam Tucker #58 LB 6-1 192 RSFR DNP 2016

Last year, new UMass defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham played a 4-3 defense at Western Michigan. I don't know if he'll do the same with the Minutemen.

In a 3-4 defense Steve Casali totaled 105 total tackles. He'll be a fixture in the 2017 defense.

Shane Huber is coming off a second knee injury. He was injured in the fourth game of the 2016 season. It usually takes about a year to recover from an ACL, so he may or may not be ready for the start of 2017. If healthy, he'll start as a senior.

Colbert Calhoun and Tedrick Lowery, both seniors had 16 starts between them. Both should see plenty of playing time.

Jake Froelich and Bryton Barr are both unknowns at this time. I would think Froelich would play inside and Barr outside.

With four senior linebackers, I would think the UMass coaching staff would like to reshirt 2017 recruit Mike Ruane.


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018---Truman Bell

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Truman L. Bell, a 6-2 227 pound DE from Dallas, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

Partial quote from a article dated 06/25/17 by Greg Powers:

"Bell, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound defensive end / linebacker from Richardson (Texas) Lake Highlands is one of the state's most intimidating specimens and it has paid off with an offer list that now features 16 schools. 

“Very honored and blessed," Bell said of his offers and opportunity. "I got to give it all to God, it is such a huge honor.  The coaches like my speed and how I get off of the ball.”

"The ones standing out to me so far are Liberty University, Bowling Green, and New Mexico State. They all like my style of play and I can play with the style I want and I feel these three would be the best fit for me."

Bell has 18 offers with UMass the only school from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--July 5th, 2017

Hawaii loses a DL to a head injury from diving.


UMass will receive a record Rutgers payout when the two teams play on August 31st, 2019.


CBS Sports has the most patriotic uniforms in college football.


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I was re-watching UMass-South Carolina on DVR while waiting for company to arrive yesterday.

UMass went head-to-head with a SEC team and did pretty good. UMass had two more first downs than the Gamecocks. We rang up 389 total yards and moved the ball all day long. The defense also came up with some big stops.

Mistakes doomed the Minutemen as we turned the ball over on our first two drives with a Breneman fumble and then we fumbled a reverse. UMass was moving the ball on both those drives. Ford also threw 2 INT's. UMass ended up losing by 6 points on an SEC field. That was the game that Joe Previte hurt his elbow.

Certainly a great effort by the Minutemen.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2019-- Trey Phillip Dawson

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Trey Phillip Dawson, a 6-5 215 pound pro-style QB from Middlebury, CT has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

MaxPreps has stats. Threw for over 3200 yards and 31 TD's as a sophomore...

UMass is the first offer for Dawson. With his size and stats, he should draw some major Power Five interest (but he won't find a better place to develop as a QB than UMass)

Fourth of July 2017

Mrs Blog and I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth.

'Merica, still the last best hope!


Hero Sports predicts another 10-win season for Appalachian State.

Athlon predicts another Sun Belt championship for the Mountaineers.


Georgia Southern legend Adrian Peterson appears at Augusta Greenjackets game. On December 4, 1999 Peterson ran for 333 yards against UMass in the second round of the FCS playoffs. The Eagles scored 28 points in the second half to pull away from the Minutemen 38-21.

The 1999 UMass team was probably better than the 1998 National Championship squad. It was the second year Don Brown was running the defense and UMass held seven opponents to 20 points or less. It was the senior year for Todd Bankhead and Matt Dawson.


Monday, July 03, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Erick Hallett image
Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Eric Hallett, a 5-10 170 pound CB from Cypress, TX.

247Sports page here.

Rivals three-star player. has video.

NCSA has some stats.

Partial quote from a 4/18/17 article by Kevin Sinclair:

"The three-star prospect has also proved that he has impressive athletic traits. On March 19, the 5-foot-10, 172-pound cornerback turned heads at The Opening Regional in New Orleans at Joe W Brown Memorial Park.

The event was really great, a lot of great competition out in New Orleans,” Hallett said. “I tested really well with a 4.58 40, 3.84 shuttle, 37-inch vertical and 34 power ball. So, I think I tested really well at the event. I also played lockdown during the 1-on-1 and skeleton portion of the event, eventually winning the DB MVP."

Hallett has 19 offers mostly from Group-of-Five schools and FCS, but PAC-12 Washington State has also offered.

UMass Football News--July 3rd, 2017

Appalachian State and South Florida get "favorable" schedules in 2017 based difficulty including playing weaker opponents like UMass.


This article mentions QB Jaret Pallotta verbaling to UMass and also mentions the state of Ohio averages 140 FBS recruits a year.


The latest version of the UMass roster lists five CB's (stats are from 2016):

Jordin Hamilton 20 CB 5-10 172 RSSO 5-1 GP-GS 5 UT 3 AT 8 TT 2.0 TFL 1 PD
Lee Moses 3 CB 5-11 193 JR 11-9 GP-GS 25 UT 19 AT 44 TT 0.5 TFL
Jackson Porter 28 CB 6-1 197 RSSR 10-9 GP-GS
Isaiah Rodgers 9 CB 5-10 155 SO 11-8 GP-GS 21 UT 17 AT 40 TT 0.5 TFL 9 PD 1 FF 1 FR 1 BLK
Charan Singh 24 CB 6-1 RSJR 197 9-1 GP-GS 10 UT 18 AT 28 TT
Joseph Tavares 48 CB FR

Lee Moses and Isaiah Rogers received most of the starts in 2016. James Allen started the first four games of 2016, but had trouble with larger, more physical receivers. He left the program this winter.

Rogers was a two-star recruit in 2016 and did not redshirt. Bakhari Goodson, another two-star 2016 recruit, is now listed as a safety.

The Minutemen add three-star CB Brian Roberts, three-star CB Chris Hunt and two-star Xavier Steele in the 2017 recruiting class. At least one of those three probably won't redshirt.

UMass was #126 out of 128 teams in INT's last year. The Minutemen were also #106 in passing yards allowed. Part of that was the quality of the 2016 opponents, but we need to do better in 2017.

The defensive roster is slowly filling up with three-star recruits and UMass should be more competitive in the future.


Saturday, July 01, 2017

UMass football News--Saturday July 1st, 2017

Penn State's Daily collegian expresses surprise Adam Breneman did not make Sports Illustrated's Top 100 college players list.


Marken Michel scored a TD in his first CFL game. Michel's Stamps bio.


UMass DC Ed Pinkham hosts UMass' safeties. Stats from 2016:

Patrick Amara, #25 S 6-2 208 RSJR (transfer from Pitt)
Cycoby Burch #36 S 5-11 182 RSFR
Zeke Edmonds #2 S 6-0 207 RSJR 10-7 GP-GS 19-25 UT-AT 44 TT 1 TFL 5 PD
Bakhari Goodson #14 S 5-10 167 SO 10-0 GP-GS 8-6 AT-UT 14 TT 1 PD
Martin Mangram #29 S 5-11 182 SO 12-0 GP-GS 5-5 AT_UT 10 TT
Jesse Monteiro #27 S 5-9 179 RSSR 12-8 GP-GS 45-28 AT-UT 73 TT 5.5 TFL 4PD
Micah Morel #15 S 5-11 195 RSSO 8-0 GP-GS 1 UT 1 TT

Most of the preview magazines have Pitt Transfer Patrick Amara penciled in as the starter at Strong Safety. He played in 22 games for the Panthers and had 32 TT's. He was rated as the #20 ranked recruit in PA in his senior season in high school.

Former walk-on Jesse Monteiro started the last three games of 2016 at FS. He was the second leading tackler on the team.

Martin Mangram was a highly-touted three star recruit from the 2016 recruiting class.

Cycoby Burch was red-shirted, but had a stand-out effort in the Spring game. He was also a three-star recruit.

UMass returns five safeties with game experience.  It appears we add two excellent players with Amara and Burch. The Minutemen were #120 in pass defense efficiency in 2016. We played pretty well against the SEC opponents, but got smoked by Troy and Louisiana Tech. We gave up some long completions in winnable games against Tulane and Hawaii. I think Ed Pinkham was a strong hire and the UMass will play better in 2017.