Monday, April 23, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Ireland Bruke

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Ireland Burke, a 6-3 280 pound DT from Sparta, NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Temple offered in 2017.

Rutgers also offered last year.

Burke has nine offers with Temple and Rutgers joining UMass from the Northeast. He also has Power Five offers from Minnesota, Maryland and Purdue.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Bam Brina II

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I've blogged about Bam Brima (good name), a 6-6 230 pound DE from Williamsport PA before.

This article from 247Sports lists Brima as a Top-25 recruit from Pennsylvania.

Bama currently has six offers with Buffalo and Temple joining UMass from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--April 21st, 2018


Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post about Michigan joining one of the UMass training camps this summer.

This is good work by the UMass staff. The presence of Michigan should help attract more (and better) recruits. The Minutemen need a good recruiting year in 2019. UMass had less-than-optimal results in 2018.

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Ryan Bamfod Tweets Coach Whipple's contract extension will be announced soon.

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Former UMass OL Jack Driscoll visits UCLA.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Recruiting 2019--Patrick McMurtrie

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Patrick McMurtrie, a 6-5 285 pound OL from Montvale, NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

NCSA recruiting profile here.

Besides UMass, McMurtrie has FBS offers from Buffalo, Old Dominion and Temple.

UMass Football News--April 20th, 2018

Colorado plays New Hampshire this year and UMass in 2021. Maybe I'll get a chance to see Ralphie run yet.

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The Amherst police had some alcohol related calls after the student tailgate at the Spring game.

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BYU aims to have "the toughest" O-line in the country in 2018.

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In 2017, Steve Addazio was Boston College's highest paid employee.

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Fifty-three of 129 college football programs sell beer at their stadiums during games.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

UMass Football News--April 19th, 2018

James Ihedigbo and the entire 1998 Football team have been inducted into the UMass Sports Hall of Fame.

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The Eagle-Tribune has a post about Matt Jordan, who was a member of the 1998 team. I did a blog post about Jordan back in 2012.

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Coastal Carolina had a number of players stand out at their Spring game.

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USF wants feedback on their proposed on-campus stadium.

The Daily Stampede recaps the Bulls Spring game.

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Preseason Sports Books are predicting between ten and eleven wins for Georgia. The Bulldogs should be favorites for the SEC East title.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Solomon Brown

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Solomon Brown, a 5-11 170 pound CB from Largo, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star athlete.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

2nd team All-Pinnellas County.

Brown has nine FBS offers including Rutgers and Syracuse from the Northeast.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

UMass Football News--April 17th, 2018

SB Nation previews the 2018 UConn Huskies and predicts UMass as a 4.5 point favorite. A win for UMass would be balm to the souls of the UMass faithful after the epic defensive smackdown UConn put on us in 2012.

Two reports from the Huskies Spring game here and here.

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Two reports from Boston College's Spring game here and here. The Eagles have been struggling with their kicking game. With Logan Laurant gone, here's hoping UMass does not revert to what we had during the first 5.5 years in FBS.

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Fiu looks to rebuild its defense in 2018.

The Panthers are looking to improve on a 8 win season and a bowl appearance.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Donte Lindsey commits to UMass

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Donte Lindsey, a 5-11 180 pound CB from Phoenix AZ has joined the Minuteman's 2018 class.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

UMass was the first offer for Lindsey.

UMass Football News--April 16th, 2018


Check out the between the tackles run by Jordan Fredericks at about 1.05 of the video.

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Ryan Ames and Thomas Johnson of the UMass Daily Collegian recap Friday's Spring game.

The Collegian also has a story about women in sports media. It includes a story about a Collegian woman reporter's difficulty trying to cover a Minutemen football game.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

UMass Football News--April 14th, 2018






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Matty Vautour reports on the Spring Game. Perhaps the biggest news is that starting right tackle Jack Driscoll is leaving.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has re-cap of the game.

The UMass website has a story on the game.

My take:

  • Syracuse transfer Jordan Fredericks looks like the real deal. He looked fast and powerful. The UMass running game looks like it will be improved in 2018.
  • The UMass offense in general appears to be the best team we have had since our move to FBS. This squad is deep at QB, RB and WR.
  • QB Michael Curtis displayed a nice touch on his throws and looked fast when he ran the ball. I think he'll be in the mix for 2019.
  • Jesse Britt was used at both RB and WR. He's real athlete.
  • Walk-on WR Jovann Tucker looked like a find. He displayed good hands and some serious speed.
I think UMass fans have reason to be optimistic in 2018. We should score a ton of points.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring Game Day--April 13th, 2018


Note that kickoff for the Spring Game has been moved to 6:30 pm.

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Matty Vautour reports UMass is counting on a veteran offensive line.

The starting OL for 2018 should be;

LT Ray Thomas-Ishman JR 6-5 310

LG Jake Largay RSSR 6-4 325

C Derek Dumais RSJR 6-4 330

RG Lukas Kotler RSSR 6-4 315

RT Jake Driscoll RSJR 6-5 300

The second team OL according to the November 27th 2017 depth chart:

LT James Reilly RSSO 6-3 290

LG Mike Yerardi RSJR 6-4 315

C Lucas Kotler

RG Dan DiNicola RSSR 6-6 305

RT Larnel Coleman RSSO 6-7 300

Other OL on the roster:

Spencer Goldberg SO 6-2 280

Brian Abosi SO 6-8 310

Parker Ogle FR 6-3 290

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The Athletic Dept's post on today's Maroon & White game.

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Another article on Albany scheduling Hawaii and UMass in 2023 and 2020 respectively.

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Patriot News interviews Jordan Matthews and he has good things to say about UMass when he played them at Gillette.

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Thanks to the blog reader who pointed me to this article featuring UMass Director of Player Personnel Tim Silvernail.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--A.J. Woods

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A.J. Woods, a 5-10 170 pound athlete from Germantown, MD has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

NSCA recruiting profile.

Woods has four offers including Army and Navy.

UMass Football News--April 12th, 2018


UMass Seniors Nick Berus and Andrew Libby received recognition from the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society for a career-long 3.2 or better academic average.

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The Times Union reports Albany will play at UMass in 2020.

The Minutemen have a nice 2020 schedule with home games against Troy, Temple and Army. UMass will also play Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn AL.

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A Hero Sports writer says Mark Whipple is on the hot seat, which he's not.

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UConn special teams look to be game changers under new coach Eddie Allen.

The Huskies will play their Blue-White scrimmage on Saturday.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

UMass Football News--April 11th, 2018

Thomas Johnson of the UMass Daily Collegian features UMass QB Randall West as West will get a lot of reps during the Spring game.

Johnson reports Andrew Ford is only expected to play two series and Ross Comis is being held out because of an injury.


QB Mike Curtis was MVP of the 9th Spring practice. Curtis threw for 2,311 yards and 24TD's in his one year at Trinity College. He could be in the mix for 2019.

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Matty Vautour has a post about Brice McAllister returning to Western Mass as a possible starter at Safety.

The Minutemen should be deep at Safety. In addition to McAllister, UMass has a number of players with game experience.

Bakhari Goodson Junior 12-0 GP-GS 19 UA 9 AT 28 TT 5 PD's

Micah Morel SO 2-0 GP-GS

Claudin Cherrelus SO 2-0 GP-GS

Martin Mangram JU 12-0 GP-GS 3 AT

Tyler Hayes SR 12-12 GP-GS 30 AT 23 AT 53 TT 3.0 TFL 5 PD 1 FR

Tyler Lebeau SO 11-0 GP-GS 8 UT 9 AT 17 TT

Hayes and McAllister would give UMass a strong Safety position.

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BTW, the closing of Mt Ida means the end of Mustang Football. Mt. Ida went 3-4 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference. The Mustangs placed 13 players on the ECFC All-Conference team.

Always sad to see a program closing.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

UMass Football News--April 10th, 2018


Hope to see a lot of the UMass Die-Hards at the Spring game Friday.

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Matty Vautour reports the Coach Whipple's contract extension is almost completed. He also reports A.D. Bamford is working on an indoor practice facility. The options range from an inflatable bubble to a high-end permanent structure. Bamford mentions a mid $20s million structure. That should allow a hard-sided building, but without some bells and whistles.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports Chris Berman will again be a guest coach at the Spring Game.

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OT, but after beating its second #1 team, UMBC trash talks about Alabama. When I heard UMBC's mascot "The Retrievers"  during the hoops tourney, I thought "Man, that's a dumb nickname!". It turns out UMBC is actually the "Chesapeake Bay Retrievers". I can understand the school wanting to have some local connection, but they could have done better.

How about the UMBC oysters?

Ya got to admit "The Fightin' Mollusks" would be a great sports name.


Monday, April 09, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Nick Curtis

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Nick Curtis, a 6-5 205 pound OLB/DE from Hoover, AL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Drawing interest from SEC programs.

Besides UMass, Curtis has an offer from Virginia and four Group-of-Five schools.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

UMass Football News--April 27 2018

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Matty Vautour reports UMass QB Andrew Ford looks to improve in 2018.

Ford finished #13 in passing efficiency in 2017. He was #24 in passing yards per game and #37 in passing yards. I believe two of his four INT's were off the hands of a receiver. UMass was #127 in sacks allowed last year (only Idaho was worse). Ford tends to hold the ball too long, but he needs a better run game and better offensive line blocking. The Minutemen gave up five sacks and were out rushed 148 to 100 yards against Maine.

Also on the Minutemen roster:

Ross Comis SR 10-2 GP-GS 49-87 646 4 TD's 1 INT, also ran for 187 yards and 3 TD's

Randal West RSJR 2-0 GP-GS 0-2 passing.  Became a fan favorite after walking on to the UMass hoops team and playing well.

Michael Curtis RSJR 0-1 GP-GS.

Mike Fallon RSSO.

The Minutemen also signed two three-star QB recruits.

Josiah Johnson 6-5 197

Jaret Pallotta 6-5 205.

The Minutemen appear to be fairly deep and talented at QB. It would be nice if UMass could integrate Comis' mobility into the offense more. The two freshman QB's were fairly highly rated pro-style players. The QB position looks like there is enough talent that UMass won't have a huge falloff in 2019.

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CBS Sports picks BYU as one of five teams likely to improve by at least two wins in 2018.

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Sporting News has the places and dates for the 2018 college playoffs.

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Friday, April 06, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Eloi Kwete

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Eloi Kwete, a 6-1 250 pound DL/ILB has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

Hudl.com has video.

Also ran track.

This article features the Kwete brothers.

UMass is the first team to offer Kwete.

UMass Football News--April 6th, 2018


Above is Whipple's message to the Gridiron Club. I renewed in March. Any donation helps. In addition your name indicates interest in the program. That really helps in academic wars.

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Athlon Sports analyses BYU's 2018 schedule.

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ESPN predicts Georgia has a 98.3% chance of winning when the Bulldogs play UMass on November 17th.

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BTW, ESPN has UMass ranked #93 in its preseason power rankings. That's easily the best rating UMass has had since the move to FBS.

ESPN also has the Minutemen favorites (abet by narrow margins) in seven games on their 2018 schedule.

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting--Jaelin Leroy

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Jaelin Leroy, a 5-11 150 pound DB from Jacksonville, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps page here.

Also drawing interest from South Alabama and Florida Atlantic.

UMass Football News--April 5th, 2018

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The UMass Daily Collegian reports when Minutemen football went FBS---so did the Dance Team.

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The UCF student newspaper thinks the Bulls would get more bang for the bucks with an indoor practice facility than an on-campus stadium.

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UConn sets its Spring Game to be April 14th.

JUCO transfer David Pindell looks to be UConn's starting QB this fall. Pindell's UConn bio.

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Coastal Carolina is close to the end of Spring ball.

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Liberty is hosting the annual meeting of NFL chaplains.

BTW, the Flames are building a $29 million indoor football practice facility plus a $40 million expansion of their stadium.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Tyler Devera

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Tyler Devera, a 6-4 220 pound TE from Bergen Catholic HS in NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article features Devera.

MaxPreps has stats.

Devera has four FBS offers including Buffalo, Miami of Ohio and Old Dominion.

UMass Football News--April 4th, 2018

Athlon Sports looks at Georgia's 2018 schedule. Quote from the article "The Minutemen have been a thorn in the side of SEC opponents over the last two years".

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An AP writer thinks new Georgia Southern HC Chad Lunsford will get the Eagles offense rolling.

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Boston College "finally" gets some outdoor practice time.

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An SB Nation writer picks Ohio as the top team in the 2018 MAC.

Ohio graduated nearly their entire front seven on defense. The Bobcats are looking for some JUCO transfers to fill the gaps.

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BYU returns the Cougars top seven running backs in 2018.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

UMass Football Newws--April 3rd, 2018

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Matty Vautour has a post on UMass wide receivers with Spring Ball having about two weeks to go.

He mentions:

Andy Isabella SR 12-12 GP-GS 65-1020 (7th in single season receptions) 12 TD's 69 LONG 15.7 yards/catch

Jesse Britt SO 4-12 GP-GS 29-422 3 TD's 40 LONG 14.6 yards/catch

Brennon Dingle RSSO 4-12 GP-GS 21-330 4 TD's 43 LONG 15.7 yards/catch

Sadiq Palmer JR 11-12 GP-GS 35-518 1 TD 38 LONG 14.0 yards/catch

Silky Brown SO 5-0 GP-GS 1-7

Zack Simon RSFR Redshirted in 2017

Also on the roster:

Jacoby Herring SR 10-0 GP-GS 7-81 18 LONG 11.2 yards/catch

Jonathan Derolus RSJR DNP in 2017

Jovahn Tucker SO DNP in 2017

Patrick Volcy SO Redshirted in 2017

Melvin Hill SO Redshirted in 2017

Elijah Robinson RSSO DNP in 2017

Patrick O'Reilly, RSSO 5-0 GP-GS played special teams in 2017.

2018 WR recruits:

Samuel Emilus 6-1 200

Wide receivers seem to be the deepest and most talented skill unit on the 2018 Minutemen. I would speculate Isabella would be the "X" receiver, Britt as the "Y" and Palmer or Dingle as the slot receiver. All of them would be the four-wide.

The UMass single season team receiving record was in 1998 306-4050. In 2017 the Minutemen went 272-3570, so the all-time record could within reach in 2018.

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A Collegian writer mulls over the philosophy of cheerleading.

UMass Cheerleading's  Facebook page.

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Monday, April 02, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Calob Dalton

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Calob Dalton, a 6-4 190 pound OLB has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247 Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from October of 2017 features Dalton.

An Ohio scouting service has a couple of lines about Dalton.

This article from November 2017 by Scout.com talks about his offer from Pitt.

Dalton has offers from three MAC teams and also from Pitt and Cincinnati. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

UMass Football 2019 recruiting--C.J. Hansen II

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I've blogged about C.J. Hansen, a 6-4 295 pound OL from New Jersey before.

Nj.com reports Hansen just picked up his first Power Five offer from Rutgers.

Besides UMass, Hansen has FBS offers from Marshall and the Scarlet Knights.


UMass Football news--March 31st, 2018

USA Today looks at the questions Independents (including UMass) are addressing in their Spring practice.

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Duquesne played to a 20-20 tie in their Spring Game. The Dukes feature a roster that has a number of FBS transfers.

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Anonymous donors match up $750000 for Georgia Southern's athletic endowments.

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Former standout Miami QB Keven Dorsey joins the FIU staff.

FIU and Miami will play their 2019 game at Marlins Park. Miami and FIU have not played since 2007 after a memorable brawl.

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The Charlotte 49ers have six QB's in contention in Spring Practice.

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SB Nation previews the 2018 Ohio Bobcats and projects a 73% chance of a Ohio win over the Mianutemen.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Recruiting 2019--Antonio Evans

Here's something a little different. Antonio Evans a 5-10 240 FB from West Orange HS in FL has Tweeted he's interested in UMass.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps page here.

I have no idea if the Minutemen are reciprocally interested, but it's nice to know we're out there where potential recruits know about us.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Kenneth Dotson

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Kenneth Dotson, a 6-3 255 pound DE from Houston, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

UMass is the first team to offer Dotson.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

UMass Football News--March 28th, 2018

Matty Vautour reports the young UMass defensive line is coming together this Spring.

Matty reports the starting DL looks like:

Joe Previte RSSR 6-2 265. Started all 12 games in 2017. Totaled 10 UT 15 AT 25 TT 3 TFL 1 FR

Leon Flanagan, Jr  JR 6-2 220. 9 GP 0 GS 9 UT 7 AT 16 TT 3 TFL 1 BKUP 1 INT

Jake Byczo SO 6-3 250 12 GP 0 GS 6 UT 17 AT 23 TT 2.0 TFL

Chris DiTommaso SO 6-4 275 Redshirt in 2017

For reserves:

Mario Patton RSJR 6-1 315 11 GP 0 GS 2 UT 6 AT 8 TT 2 BKUP

Also on the Spring roster are:

Zack Loane SO 5-11 240 Redshirted in 2017

Basit Dennis RSSR 6-1 270 1 GP 0 GS in 2017

Davone Hall, SR RSSR  6-3 325 DNP in 2017

Alex Piechocki SO 6-5 255 Redshirted in 2017

Caleb Washington, 6-1 250 Redshirted in 2017

Charlie Timite RSSO 6-3 275 12 GP 0 GS 5 UT 5 AT 10 TT 1 TFL.

In the 2018 recruiting class are:

Uchenna Ezewike 6-2 220

Shannon Junior 6-3 210

Arnold Mbembe 6-6 240

Timothy Moulton 6-3 240

For 2018, the Minutemen defensive line looks light by FBS standards. Leon Flanagan will probably be the rush DE. Let's hope they're all fast and highly motivated...

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Old Dominion gets their best WR back from a season-ending injury during the UMass game last year.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Ryan O'Keefe

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Ryan O'Keefe, a 5-10 165 pound DB/Athlete from Round Rock, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Highly successful running track.

Okeefe has five offers including Army, Air Force, Bowling Green and Tulsa.

Monday, March 26, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Donovan Bunch

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Back on January 24th, UMass offered to Donovan Bunch, a 5-10 162 pound CB from Atco, NJ.

His 247Sports page.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from January of 2018 features Bunch.

MaxPreps has stats.

Bunch has eleven offers including just about everybody in the Northeast including BC, Syracuse, Temple, Rutgers and Buffalo.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Alex Hogan

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Alex Hogan, a 5-11 165 pound CB from Houston, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article mentions Hogan attending a local combine.

His HS, Lamar, is known as "DB high".

Hogan has 13 offers, including five from Power Five schools. UMass is the only offer from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--March 24th, 2018

The UMass Football Twitter feed has sights and sounds from the Minutemen's Pro Day.

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The UMass Daily Collegian has story on Minutemen legacy Hannah Palau, the daughter of Mark Palau. Mark won letters with UMass football in 1971 and 1972.

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This article features former UMass QB James Sosinski.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Christian Njoku

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Christian Njoku, a 6-1 248 pound DT from Bellaire, TX picked up a UMass offer on March 20th.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article mentions Njoku who performed in a combine with 32 other under-the-radar Texas recruits.

Njoku has four offers with UMass as the only club from the Northeast.

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UMass Football News--March 23rd, 2018

UMass held its Pro Day yesterday. There is an image gallery here.

The UMass website has the story and a roster of Minutemen players who participated.

Mark Chiarelli of MassLive has a post on Pro Day and features last year's graduate John Robinson-Woodget.

The UMass Football Twitter feed has some video from the event.

Thomas Johnson of the Daily Collegian has a story about Pro Day and features Da'Sean Downey.

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JUCO transfer QB David Pindell is leading the pack to be starting QB for the UConn Huskies this year.

UConn also had their Pro Day recently.

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Charlotte Football takes on a sense of urgency this Spring.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Cavon Butler

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Cavon Butler, a 6-4 265 pound DE from Toledo, OH has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from September of 2017 features Butler.

Besides UMass, Butler has offers from Pitt and Toledo.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--David Ojabo, Aeveas DiCosmo and Izaiah Henderson II

NJ. Com has a story on the eleven hottest 2019 recruits from New Jersey. UMass has offered three of them.

I've blogged about Henderson before.

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David Ojabo is a 6-6 245 pound DE from Blair Academy in NJ.

247Sports three-star recruit.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from nj.com features Ojabo.

Ojabo has 24 offers including UConn, BC, Temple, Syracuse and Pitt from the Northeast.

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Aeneas DiCosmo is a 6-3 220 pound DE from Bergen Catholic in NJ.

247Sports three-star recruit.

Hudl.com has video.

This article features DiCosmo.

DiCosmo holds 28 offers including Pitt, Syracuse, Rutgers and three Ivy League schools from the Northeast.

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UMass Football News--March 21st, 2018

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Matty Vautour has a post on Jorden Fredericks joining the UMass running backs corps this Spring.

Fredericks should be a good addition to the Minutemen running game. The running game has been mostly absent in Whipple's second tour in Amherst. The pro-set offense works much better with a run game. The UMass run game picked up in the second half of 2017, but we struggled to run ball sometimes even against Group of Five teams (79 yards against Coastal Carolina, 79 against ODU, 115 against Hawaii and we were out-rushed 148 to 100 against Maine).

Some better, more physical play from the OL would help too. Federicks' Syracuse bio. He was New York's 2014 Gatorade Player-of-the Year. Also honorable mention Freshman All-American in his first year at Syracuse.

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A USA Today writer has Andrew Ford as one of the top-ten QB's in the Group-of-Five conferences. BTW, I think two of Ford's four INT's were off the receiver's hands. I think I remember one off Breneman and one off Isabella.

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UMass QB recruit Jaret Pallotta just was named All-Ohio Div I in basketball. Will Coach McCall pay him a visit when he arrives on campus?

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

UMass Football recruiting 2019--Stanley King

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Stanley King, a 6-5 175 pound WR from Camden, NJ has been offered by UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from nj.com features King.

MaxPreps has stats.

King holds ten offers including BC, Rutgers, Temple and Buffalo. King took an UV to UMass in February.


UMass Football News--March 20th, 2018

Matty Vautour has a post on James Ihedigbo retiring from football.

NBC Sports also has a post on Ihedigbo's retirement.

Ihedigbo's Instagram post shows him in his UMass uniform.

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The Duquesne Duke looks at the Dukes 2018 schedule. Duquesne plays three first-time opponents this year: UMass, Lock Haven and Hawaii. The writer expects the Dukes to contend for the NEC championship.

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That bridge collapse in Florida was part of FIU's campus.

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The Charlotte Observer has five questions for 49's football now that Spring practice has started. The article says Charlotte will switch to a pro-style offense and a 4-3 defense.

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UConn looks to improve its defense in 2018.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Tyler Rudolph

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Tyler Rudolph, a 6-1 205 pound Safety from Watherbury, CT has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports four-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Rudolph has 18 offers including just about all the FBS programs in the Northeast. Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple, UConn, BC and Rutgers have all offered.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Shamar A. Martin

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Shamar Martin, a 6-0 175 pound CB from San Diego, CA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Martin has eight offers including Power Five schools Utah, Utah State and Arizona.

Friday, March 16, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--C.J. Hanson

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C.J. Hanson, a 6-5 285 pound OL from Jackson, NJ has a UMass offer.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article features Hanson's recruiting.

MaxPreps has some stats.

Besides UMass, Hanson has an offer from Marshall.

UMass Football News-- March 16th, 2018


Matty Vautour has a post on the progress of Spring Ball.

The big news is that the Spring Game will be Friday, April 13th, at 6:00 pm. Athletic Dept notice on the Spring Game here.

Matty relates Tyler Hayes (shoulder) and Tyris Lebeau (undisclosed) are both out of action after offseason surgeries.

UMass adds legacy QB Mike Fallon the son of former UMass QB Mike Fallon, Sr. His father won letters in 1976 and 1977. UMass went 8-3 in 1977 and hosted Lehigh in the first round of the DII playoffs. I was there. The Minutemen were down 23-0 and came back to tie the game. UMass got called on a pass interference late in the fourth quarter and Lehigh threw the winning TD the next play (if I remember right). Fallon went 12-29 -138 yards and 3TD's

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The AAC is overhauling football officiating oversight. I believe UMass gets its home game officiating crews from the AAC.

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Ex-UConn head coach Bob Diaco joins the Oklahoma staff.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Joseph Tacopina

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Joseph Tacopina, a 6-0 165 pound kicker from Cheshire Acedemy in CT has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

MaxPreps has stats.

Hudl.com has video.

 Honorable mention All-NEPSAC.

Tacopina does not have a 247Sports profile at this time.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Deven Brantley

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Deven Brantley, a 6-3 220 pound athlete from Riverdale, GA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Second Team All-Region in defense in 2017.

UMass is the first FBS offer for Brantley.

UMass Football News-February 14th, 2018

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Adam Breneman retires from football. More here.

Matty Vautour also has a post on Brenenman's retirement.

Breneman's full statement about his retirement.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post about Breneman.

Too bad for Breneman. He had the softest set of hands I've seen from a TE. He has a positive attitude and all UMass fans are sure he will be a success at whatever he turns to next. Good luck to him and thanks for two great years with the Minutemen.

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One of BYU's eight quarterbacks decides to transfer.

The Cougars will be running a new offense this year.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Cosmos Kwete

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Cosmos Kwete, a 6-3 210 pound DE from Phoenix, AZ has been mentioned on Twitter that he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article features Kwete and his brother Eloi.

Another story relates the Kwete brothers long journey to America.

Besides UMass, Kwete holds an offer from Kansas.

Monday, March 12, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Jacquez Carter decommits from UMass

Mike Traini, of "Fight Massachusetts" reports Jacquez Carter has decommited from UMass.

I've blogged about Carter before.

Well, that makes another scholarship available. The Minutemen could use a couple Spring signings.

UMass Football News--March 12th, 2018

Duquesne revises their 2018 football schedule.

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USF is into pads for the first time in Spring football.

USF really, really wants an indoor practice facility.

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OT, but..

Matt McCall gets a mention for the open Georgia basketball head coach position.

John Calipari says Kentucky is playing like his UMass teams.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Justin Menard

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Justin Menard, a 5-11 180 pound DB from Stockbridge, GA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Also runs track.

Recruit Georgia has a profile of Menard.

Menard has eleven offers including Rutgers and Temple from the Northeast.

Friday, March 09, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Jamal Hill

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Jamal Hill, a 6-2 185 pound Safety from Morrow, GA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

First Team All-Region in 2017.

NCSA Recruiting has some physical stats.

Hill has four FBS offers including Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky.