Monday, July 23, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Seth Coleman

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On June 2nd, UMass offered to Seth Coleman, a 6-4 200 pound DE from Melbourne, FL.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This recruiting article features Coleman.

This article talks about USF and other schools recruiting Coleman.

Coleman has 19 total offers with UMass as then only FBS school from the Northeast.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

UMass Football News---July 21st, 2018

Boston 25 News has a post on Tyler Martin, an eighth grader who has offers from Michigan and UMass.

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The Tampa Bay Times has Mark Whipple as #82 as an offensive coach.

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Quincy Roche, who went through the UMass offensive line like a hot knife through butter last year is rated as one of the top AAC players ECU will face in 2018.

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College football has sixteen Award Watch Lists.

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SB Nation takes a look at JUCO football.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

UMass Football News--July 20th, 2018


Andy Isabella has been named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts also has a post on Isabella being named to the Biletnikoff Watch list.

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The Minutemen wide receiver corps should be talented and deep. UMass out gained the opposition in receiving by 90 yards a game in 2017.

UMass 272-3570 13.1 AVE 26 TD's 297.5 yards/game

Opponents 194-2484 12.8 AVE 17 TD's 207.0 yards/game

Andy Isabella 12-2 GP-GS 65-1020 15.7 AVE 10 TD's 69 LONG 85.6 yards/game

Shadiq Palmer 12-10 GP-GS 35-518 14.8 AVE 1 TD 41 LONG 69.5 yards/game

Jesse Britt 12-4 29-422 14.6 AVE3 TD's 40 LONG 35.2 yards/game

Brennon Dingle 12-2 GP-GS 21-330 15.7 AVE 4 TD's 43 LONG 27.5 yyards/game

Jacoby Herring 10-0 GP-GS 7-81 11.6 AVE 0 TD 18 LONG 8.1 yards/game

"Silky" Brown 5-0 1-7 7 AVE 0 TD 1.4 yards/game

UMass also has:

Zac Simon RSFR Redshirted 2017

Jovahn Tucker SO DNP in 2017

Patrick Volcy SO Redshirted in 2017

Melvin Hill SO Redshirted in 2017

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The Boston Herald says BC's offense will be ready to roll in 2018.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

UMass Football News--July 20th, 2018


Marquis Young has been named to the 2018 Doak Walker Award Watch list.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on Young.

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In 2017 UMass totaled 1624 yards rushing and averaged 3.9 yards a rush and 135.6 yards/game.

Opponents rushed for 2375 yards and averaged 4.9 yards/rush and 197.9 yards a game.

Marquis Young SR 12-10 GP-GS 182-982 5.4 AVE 9 TD's 95 LONG 81.8 yards/game

Bilal Ally JR 12-1 GP-GS 84-369 4.1 AVE 3 TD's 57 LONG 30.3 yards/game

Nick Orekoya JR 11-1 GP-GS 15-173 7.5 AVE 1 TD 23 LONG 10.3 yards/game.

Tyshawn Ingram JR 5-0 GP-GS No rushing stats.

Joining the rushing corps this year:

Jordan Fredericks RSJR. Sat out 2017 as a transfer. Fredericks was a Honorable Mention Freshman All-American at Syracuse in 2015.

Rashard Jackson FR 5-11 180.

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KSL.com says BYU's schedule keeps getting more difficult.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

UMass Football News--July 18th, 2018


UMass QB Andrew Ford has been named to the 2018 Davey O'Brien Award Watch list.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on Ford's being named to the O'Brien Watch list.

The Notre Dame blog "One Foot Down" is offended Ford is on the list and their guy isn't.

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Mike also has a story on eleven Minutemen being named to Phil Steele's 2018 All-Independent team.

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HERO Sports previews Duquesne and believes they can win the Northeast Conference in 2018.

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SB Nation says Boston College will have an offense this year. A.J. Dillon 6-0 240, running behind an offensive line that returns four starters including All-ACC tackle Chris Lindstrom 6-4 305 will be tough to stop.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

UMass Football News---July 17th, 2018

There's a new version of the 2018 roster (dated July 9th) up.

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UMass will be deep in quarterbacks this fall.

Seniors:

Andrew Ford RSSR 11-10 GP-GS 151.05 EFF 223-353-4 63.2% 2924 yards 22 TD's 69 LONG 265.8 yards/game. Ford was 18th in FBS in passing EFF and 24th in passing yards/game.

Ross Comis RSSR 10-2 GP-GS 131.57 EFF 49-87-1 56.5% 646 yards 4 TD's 69 LONG 64.6 yards/game. It'll interesting to see how Whipple integrates Comis into the offense. If he came in when it's 3rd-and-7, the defense could not assume the Minutemen would throw the ball, like they would with Ford.

RSJR

Randall West 0-2 GP-GS 0-2 passing.

Michael Curtis 0-1 GP-GS no passing stats.

RSSO

Mike Fallon DNP in 2017

Freshmen

Jaret Pallotta 6-5 205

Josiah Johnson 6-5 197.

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Duquesne adds five FBS transfers to their 2018 squad.

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This article features Don Brown and his  family and coaching career.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2020---Trey Dawson II

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On June 27th, UMass offered to Trey Dawson, a 6-5 220 pound pro-style QB from Middlebury, CT.

I blogged about Dawson back on July 4th

QBhitlist.com has an extensive profile on Dawson.

Hudl.com has up-dated video.

Dawson has offers from UMass, Princeton and Howard.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019---Brendon Ekwughalu

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Brendon Ekwughalu, a 5-11 215 pound Safety from the Hun School in NJ has been offered by UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Ekwughalu gets a mention in this article about a Rutgers camp in June.

Ekwughalu has 17 total offers including 5 FBS. Army and Buffalo have offered from the Northeast.

Friday, July 13, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--anthony Johnson II

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Back in June I blogged about Anthony Johnson, a 6-4 225 pound DE from Jeannette, PA.

This article reports he is transferring to Cleveland Heights HS in Ohio.

Johnson was the Class A Eastern Conference (PA) Defensive Player-of-the-year in 2017.

Besides UMass, Johnson has FBS offers from Ball State, Central Michigan, Syracuse and Toledo.

UMass Football News--July 13th, 2018

A bleacher Report writer looks for the best names in college football. UMass gets a number of mentions in the "Independents" group.

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A Salt Lake City writer thinks BYU should move to the Mountain West.

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The Williamson Daily News looks at the C-USA East and has news about Charlotte and FIU.

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The Brentwood Home Page a nice human interest story about BYU QB Joe Critchlow. The UMass defense had perhaps their finest game as Critchlow went 21-45 257 yards 4 INTs 1 TD and UMass had 7 sacks.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

UMass Football News--July 12th, 2018

Liam Coen returns to LaSalle HS for his first football camp.

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The Salt Lake Tribune ranks in-state schools games for the 2018 season and BYU at UMass is one of the higher ranked ones.

Like UMass, the Cougars are looking at some changes to their kicking game.

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Meanwhile at Liberty, their $40 million dollar stadium upgrade is continuing. Like UMass did in 2012, the Flames are not playing a "transitional" schedule in their first FBS year. Liberty jumps straight from a Big South schedule with one FBS game to playing Norfolk State and eleven FBS teams including Auburn, Virginia and New Mexico. The Flames gave up 448.5 yards/game last year in the Big South, so Liberty's 2018 season could be rough. Liberty did beat Baylor at Baylor last year, but also lost to St. Francis, Kennesaw State and Monmouth. Don't expect the Flames to stay down long though. They have tons of money and they're spending it to get better.

More Liberty stats:

Offense      Yards/game

Scoring 32.5
Rushing 139.3
Passing 309.9
Total 449.2

Defense

Defense  yards/game

Scoring 30.4
Rushing 225.0
Passing 223.5
Total 448.5

Highlights of the Flames victory over Baylor.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Desmond Barkley II

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Last Friday I blogged about Desmond Barkley, a 6-2 320 pound DT from stockbridge, GA.

He's Tweeted UMass is in his top six schools.


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UMass Footbal News--July 11th, 2018

USF QB Brett Kean will be suspended for the first four games of the Bulls season due to academic issues. His first game of eligibility will be against UMass.

New USF AD Michael Kelley says he wants a new football performance center as fast as possible and he also wants to move the Bulls to a Power Five conference. Note that would leave a vacancy in the AAC...

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A Bowling Green transfer may help Florida International replace four-year starter Alex McGough.

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A new offensive coordinator for Charlotte hopes to turn the 49ers offense around. The 49ers were 127th nationally in scoring and #119 in passing offense.

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UConn struggled through historically low attendance figures for basketball and football in 2017.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

UMass Football News--July 10th, 2018

One big change for the Minutemen in 2018 will be the kicking game. Logan Laurant went 13-15 86.7% in field goals. His kicking was the margin of victory in the Appalachian State and BYU victories.

Logan also did all the punting. He went 65-2772 42.6 AVE 63 LONG 6 TB 17 i20 and 14 50+.

Longan and Freshman Michael Schneider (0-4 field goals 35-1960 kickoffs) are gone. Long snapper Nick Berus also graduated.

Returning are:

Mike Caggiano RSJR--Redshirted 2017. He is 1-3 in career field goal attempts. Handled all the kickoffs and PAT's in 2016.

Evan Padilla RSFR. Redshirted in 2017.

Theo Yongue RSSR. No career stats.

Joining the team this year:

Cooper Garcia JR . Lindy's Magazine picked Cooper as UMass' top newcomer for 2018. "PK Cooper Garcia: The transfer from Ventura College steps right into the kicking job, and he will be big for an offense that expects to pile up the points. Garcia was 15 of 20 on field goal attempts and 59-for-59 on PAT's last year for Ventura."

George Georgopoulos FR. Was first-team All-Region as a punter in 2016 and 2017 in HS.

UMass returns two long snappers:

Peter Comaroto RSJR: DNP in 2017.

Harry Blair RSSO: Redshirted in 2017.

The Minutemen add:

Evan Deckers FR. Highly rated LS by several kicking camps.

UMass fans have suffered through 4 1/2 years of tear-your-hair-out bad kicking and six games of great kicking. It was no coincidence that we won four of the six of those games. The Minutemen will start a new kicker, punter and LS on August 25th. We shall see...

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UMass moved to FBS in 2012 and EA Sports NCAA Football computer football game promptly died. SB Nation thinks it could come back.

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Monday, July 09, 2018

UMass Football News--July 9th, 2018

Former UMass football player Sharif Saleem signs with Owens Community College---as a basketball player

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Crescent Sports reports the Minutemen have the heaviest OL on college football.

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Get More Sports says take the under in the UMass Football win totals.

They also have a longer article on UMass' over-and-under.

Get More Sports does a longer win total article on BYU.

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UMass went 6-6 against the spread in 2017.

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Dawg Nation says Georgia fans have reasons to be optimistic in 2018.

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NCAA.com has a post on eye-popping turf fields.

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Saturday, July 07, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Kym-Mani King

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Kym-Mani King is a 5-10 165 pound CB from New Port Ritchey, FL who received an offer from UMass back in April.


247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

King has eight FBS offers with the Minutemen as the only offer from the Northeast.

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UMass Football News--July 7th, 2018

I picked up Lindy's College Football Preview magazine yesterday. Lindy's has UMass' 2018 schedule predicted as follows:

Team--conference ranking--national ranking

Duquesne--Northeast Conference Champions--n/a

Boston College--ACC #10-Nat'l #49

Georgia Southern--Sun Belt #4-Nat'l #100

FIU--C-USA #8-Nat'l #108

Charlotte C-USA #13-Nat'l #126

Ohio--MAC Champions -Nat'l #51

USF--AAC #4-Nat'l #59

Coastal Carolina-Sun Belt #9-Nat'l 123

UConn--AAC #11--Nat'l # 117

Liberty--n/a-Nat'l 126

BYU--n/a-Nat'l 83

Georgia--SEC #2-Nat'l #4

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Athlon Sports has Isaiah Rogers as one of the Top-50 underrated payers for 2018.

Athlon also looks at the over-and-under for C-USA of whom we play two teams in 2018.

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Auburn Undercover ranks Jack Driscoll has #38 on the Tigers squad.

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Friday, July 06, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Desmond Barkley

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Desmond Barkley, a 6-2 320 pound DT from Stockbridge, GA has Tweeted his top choices will be announced soon. Barkley was extended an offer by UMass in April.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Barkley has 13 offers including a couple from Sun Belt schools. UMass is the only offer from the Northeast and is clearly the best academic choice.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Nazir Burnett

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Nazir Burnett, a 6-1 from Harrisburg, PA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article from PennLive.com talks about Burnett's recruiting. 

Burnett has 20 offers including UConn, Temple, BC, Syracuse and Buffalo from the Northeast.


UMass Football News--July 5th, 2018

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports the second tranche of 2018 recruits should be on campus for the second summer session.

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A Mizzou site talks about their wide receivers and mentions Andy Isabella.

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Saturday Blitz thinks UConn's uniforms are the worst in the AAC.

Speaking of the AAC, CBS Sports ranks Charlie Strong of USF and Randy Edsell of UConn as the #3 and #9 rated coaches in the league.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Happy 4th of July, 2018


Hope all UMass fans, coaches and players have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Stay cool. Football is getting close.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Brandon Spencer II

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Back in May I blogged about Brandon Spencer, a 5-10 170 pound DB from Marietta. GA.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post about Spencer's recruiting.

Spencer is friends with Chindu Ogbonna, who is already a member of the Minutemen.

Spencer has nineteen offers including FBS offers from Army, Navy and Buffalo from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--July 3rd, 2018

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Andy Isabella is named one of college football's top-50 receivers by Athlon Sports.

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SB Nation previews Michigan and calls Don Brown "a national treasure" in coaching the Wolverines' defense.

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USA Today power ranks the AAC and has USF as #3 and UConn as #12 and last.

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Fan Sided has USF as one of five Group-of-Five teams that could compete in a Power Five conference.

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Monday, July 02, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Jonathan Collins II

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Last Friday the Minutemen landed their first 2019 recruit when Jonathan Collins, a 6-1 170 pound Athlete verbaled to UMass.

Collins has been re-rated as a two-star recruit by 247Sports.

Collins has good size for a DB (you can't each height) and if he gains 10-15 pounds of muscle, he has the potential to be an excellent recruit for the Minutemen.

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UMass Football News--July 2nd, 2018

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Marken Michel motivated to get better. (fixed link).

This article from June 5th also features Michel

Michel's Stamps bio.

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Athlon Sports says Ohio is a clear favorite to win the MAC

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UConn will wear the bloc "C" on their helmets this year and get new uniforms in 2019.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Evan Simon

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Evan Simon, a 6-2 200 pound pro-style QB from Manheim, PA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from March 2018 features Simon's recruiting.

Simon has five FBS offers including Pitt, Rutgers, Temple and West Virginia.

UMass Football News--June 30th, 2018

The UMass Athletic Dept operated $500,000 in the black for the 2017 season.

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The Orlando Sentinel ranks BYU as #59 in its preseason predictions.

The Cougars still have four quarterbacks in contention to start in 2018.

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UConn coach Randy Edsell hires his son Corey to be TE coach for the Huskies and causes a major kerfluffle in Storrs.

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Recruiting rankings have a strong correlation with a team's success.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

UMass Recruiting 2019--Jonathon Collins verbals to UMass

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Jonathan Collins, a 6-1 170 pound Athlete from Williamstown, NJ has verbaled to UMass.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on the commitment.

247Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article features Collins performance at the recent Rutgers football camp.

Collins also gets a mention in this report on the Rutgers camp.

Another mention of Collins in this post on a 7-on-7 tournament.

Collins had offers from two FCS teams. He will probably be ranked as a two-star recruit after signing with a FBS team.

UMass Football News--June 29th, 2018


Video interview with Liam Coen about his R.I. football camp and his new job with the L.A. Rams.

Coen's Rams bio.

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The Trib Live.com ranks Boston College's QB Anthony Brown last in its ACC quarterback rankings.

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College Football continues to grow as a record 778 college and universities will field teams this fall.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Aaron Lowe

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Aaron Lowe, a 6-1 180 pound CB from Mesquite, TX has received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article features Lowe's recruiting by TCU.


Lowe has eleven offers with UMass as the only team from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--June 28th, 2018

HERO Sports ranks USF as #59 for 2018 preseason.

Saturday Blitz has five USF freshmen to watch this season.

The Bulls also have a new athletics director.

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Sporting New has Group-of-Five predictions for 2018. They have Ohio winning the MAC Championship and Neal Brown as the top candidate for a Power Five coaching position.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Joshua Youngblood

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Joshua Youngblood, a 5-11 170 pound Athlete from Tampa, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Also ran track.

This article from May 24th features Youngblood.

Youngblood has thirty (!) offers including FBS teams Navy, Temple and Buffalo from the Northeast.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Spencer Witter


Spencer Witter, a 6-5 225 pound TE from West Hartford, Ct has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com video here.

2018 Choate football captain.

Witter has ten offers with Army as the other FBS team.


Monday, June 25, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2020 --Eamonn Dennis

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Eamonn Dennis, a 5-11 173 pound Athlete from Worcester, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com here.

USA Today 2017 All-Massachusetts as a kick returner.

Dennis also has an offer from UConn.

UMass Football News--June 25th, 2018

UMass President Marty Meehan says football games at Gillette are only a good idea depending on circumstances.

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Al.com reports Auburn is impressed with "freak athlete" Jack Driscoll.

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The Charlotte Observer looks at the 49ers opponents in 2018.

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Boston College gets a verbal from DB Romain Mungin, who had a UMass offer.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

UMass Football recruiting 2019---North Peters

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North Peters, a 6-3 285 pound DL from Mystic, Ct has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Peters has eleven offers including Syracuse, Army and Buffalo from the Northeast.

Friday, June 22, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Noelly Miller


Noelly Miller, a 6-1 190 pound WR from Rockville, MD has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

Hudl.com has video.

UMass is the first FBS team to offer Miller. He has 12 other offers, all from FCS teams, including Maine, New Hampshire, Holy Cross and more from New England.

UMass Football News--June 22nd, 2018

Yesterday I bogged about the new practice bubble. They're actually pretty nice---and functional, which is the point.

This article is about the bubble installed at Columbia. It has a video and an image gallery.

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This article is from "Athletics Business" and is about maximizing field use and budgets using seasonal domes. Its got a video of the setup of Harvard's bubble. The sound track is pretty annoying and it starts slow, but hang on to the end when the bubble is lighted, then it's pretty impressive.



On a cold dreary January or February day the UMass coaching staff can show recruits the lighted bubble and it will make a difference. The bubble will also show the AAC, should there be a conference realignment, that UMass is investing in the program.

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247Sports has a post on ten running backs looking to build off their freshman season. One of them is A.J. Dillon, and the Minutemen are sure to get a big dose of that action on September 1st.

Speaking of BC, "BC Interruption" talks smack about the Minutemen.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Two who got away

I've blogged about 6-4 216 pound Safety Zukudo Igwenagu before.

He recently verbaled to Rutgers.

I also blogged about Kervens Bonhomme, a 6-2 230 pound LB before.

Bonhomme verbaled to Indiana.

UMass Football News--June 21st, 2018


UMass Alumnus Martin Jacobson pledges $5.58 million to help fund a new practice bubble for football.

The Gazette, which has not yet replaced Matty Vautour, has story about the gift and notes some of the funds will go towards a high-rez scoreboard.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" also has a post on the gift.

This is good news for the football team and athletic dept. While not a hard-sided facility, it'll be functional and a big help in bad-weather Amherst. Along with the scoreboard, it's another year of improvements. UMass went decades without any sort of improvements in McGuirk and this means we're still on the way up.

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BC Interruption looks at the last five games between the Eagles and the Minutemen.

Speaking of BC, Athlon has five Eagles as preseason All-Americans.

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The Lawless Republic says Independent BYU shouldn't play a schedule like UMass or Liberty.

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Athlon Sports ranks Georgia's 2018 opponents in order of difficulty.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Recruiting 2019--Keynon Stewart verbals to Texas Tech

Keeynon Stewart, a 5-11 160 pound DB from Houston, TX has verbaled to Texas Tech.

I blogged about Stewart, who had a UMass offer, back on June 6th. Stewart was also the subject of a post on the "Fight Massachusetts" site.

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UMass Football News--June 20th, 2018

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" does a question-and-answer session with "BC Interruption".

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Sporting News has the over-and-under for UMass as 5.5.

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CBS Sports has Georgia at 10.5 wins. Second only to Alabama in the SEC.

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Spurred by football, Appalachian State athletics are on the rise.

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Social media has a growing impact on college football recruiting.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Dean Clark

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Dean Clark, a 6-1 180 pound Safety from Massillon, OH has received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This story from September of 2017 mentions Clark.

The McAllister Scouting Report has Clark as one of the better players in Ohio's 2019 class.

Besides UMass, Clark has FBS offers from Army and Air Force.

UMass Football News--June 17th, 2018

Former UMass player and assistant coach Malik Hall has been named head coach at Bates.

The Maine Press-Herald also has a story about Coach Hall being named HC.

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The Boston College site "BC Interrupted" kicks off a "UMass Week".

Speaking of BC, Mark Blaudschun asks if the Eagles are finally ready to join the ACC.

Athlon Sports previewed BC back on June 1st.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Cornelius Nunn

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Cornelius Nunn, a 6-0 170 pound Safety from Miami, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from a SB Nation site features Nunn.

Nunn has 23 offers, mostly from Power Five schools. BC and Pitt have offered from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--June 18th, 2018

Athlon Sports previews the 2018 Minutemen and ranks UMass as #107.

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The Boston Herald has a post on Paul Gorham's passing.

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The Orlando Sentinel previews the USF Bulls and ranks them #72. USF went 10-2 last year. The Bulls have to replace most of their offensive output, but retain most of their AAC-leading defense. If USF gets by Elon, Georgia Tech, Illinois and East Carolina, they may be the highest ranked team to play at McGuirk in the FBS era.

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Former UMass AD , and current Liberty University AD Ian McGaw has a question and answer session about Liberty Football and life as an Independent. Mentions UMass.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--David Broncati

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David Broncati, a 6-5 205 pound kicker from Norwalk, CT has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Broncati has a paragraph in this nj.com article on the Northeast's top specialists.

It appears UMass is the first offer for Broncati.

Friday, June 15, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Kalel Mullings II

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Kalel Mullings, 6-2 215 pound RB/LB from Milton, Ma attended the UMass camp last Saturday.

Mullings is a four-star recruit and the #2 rated recruit in Massachusetts.

I blogged about Mullings back in May.

This article reports he talked with UMass coaches during, but is leaning towards Michigan.

UMass Football News--June 15th, 2018

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I watched the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Jovan Santos-Knox play the Edmonton Eskimos last night.

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An Oregon Live reporter thinks the new NCAA transfer rule will encourage Power Five teams to poach players from Group-of-Five and FCS teams.

TMG Sports thinks the new transfer rules will be good for the players.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

UMass Football recruiting 2020--Zac Zinter


Zac Zinter, a 6-6 300 pound OT from Cambridge, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass. He visited UMass during the recent UMass big man clinic.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Zinter also has an offer from Boston College.


UMass Football News--June 14th, 2018

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Matty Vautour has a touching story about Paul Gorham and his love of coaching. I admire guys who never quit; Gorham never did.

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Las Vegas releases its over and under for all 129 FBS teams. UMass gets a 5 win prediction.

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The NCAA released two rule changes recently. Players will be able to play up to four games and still receive a medical redshirt. That's sensible with the 12 to 13 (with bowls) games most teams now play. In addition, player will no longer have to request their release from their current team in order to transfer.

USA Today has a post on how the transfer and redshirt rules will affect college football.

Sports Illustrated says the new rules are a win for both coaches and players.

The redshirt rule will allow freshmen to play some games and still redshirt. That should help motivation.

ODU Coach Wilder says the rules are a big day for college football. Quote from the story:

"Wilder said he instructed his staff to call the players in his 2018 recruiting class to notify them of the rule change and to deliver a message:

“They’re playing this year,” he said."

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Xavier Gonsalves

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Xavier Gonsalves a 6-2 238 pound DE from Mashpee, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from the Cape Cod Times features Gonsalves.

UMass was the first school to offer Gonsalves. He's attended camps at Duke and UConn.

UMass Football News--June 13th, 2018


UMass Director of Football Operations Paul Gorham passed away on June 9th. Fifty-seven is too young to leave. Condolences to Gorham's family and the UMass football staff.

The Spun also has a post on Gorham's passing.

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There's a new edition of the Spring roster up.

Deletions:

Victor Santiago Athlete SO

Elijah Robinson WR RSSO

Patrick O'Reilly WR RSSO

Jake Froehlich LB RSJR

Number changes

Jesse Britt #1 ex-5

Brennon Dingle #4 ex-10

Andy Isabella #5 ex-23

Zach Loane #90 ex-56

Joe Privite #98 ex-61

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Jackson Porter has signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

UMass Recruiting 2018--Joseph Norwood enrolls at UMass


Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports UMass has added Joseph Norwood, a 6-1 170 pound Safety to their 2018 recruiting class.

I blogged about Norwood back in February.

As Mike says, this is a big signing for the Minutemen. Norwood is their first ever recruit that has been rated as four-stars by any recruiting service.

This article covers Norwood's leaving Tennessee.

Recently won the Tennessee small-schools triple jump.

Norwood's joining UMass moves the Minutemen's 2018 recruiting class out of the bottom ten and into a much more comfortable position.

UMass Football News--June 12th, 2018

The Orlando Sentinel report three new bowls will start in 2020. Mentions independents UMass, New Mexico State and Liberty will have to wait for an at-large bid.

One of those new bowls could locate at Coastal Carolina's Brooks Stadium.

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The Michigan Insider has news and notes from last Saturday's UMass camp (requires 247Sports subscription). It says about 200 players attended the camp.

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Athlon Sports predicts Ohio to win the MAC East.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Thomas Nance

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Thomas Nance, a 6-3 235 pound OLB from Eagle Lake, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article mentions Nance.

Nance has eleven offers including a Power Five offer from Duke. The Minutemen are the only offer from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--June 11th, 2018

UMass was 2nd in the A10 with 274 student athletes making the Commissioner's Honor Roll list.

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Tom Keane joins the UMass Football staff as special teams and quality control assistant.

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Freshman QB recruit Jaret Pallotta has been attending the Jim Ballard QB camp. (Fixed link)

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Two FIU QB's have separated from the pack to start for the Panthers in 2018.

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Saturday, June 09, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Alex Azusenis

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Alex Azusenis, a 6-6 290 OT from Powell, OH has announced he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Azusenis has 14 offers including Buffalo and Holy Cross from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--June 9th, 2018


Jesse Britt went 12-4 GP-GS 29-422 14.6 AVE 3 TD's 40 LONG.

Britt was actually fourth in yards per catch among the Minutemen. Isabella and Dingle averaged 15.7 yards a catch and Palmer averaged 14.8. UMass returns their entire WR corps. Whipple has said UMass will play more three WR sets this year. This is necessitated by the Minutemen returning only five catches for 50 yards by returning TE's Kyle Horn and Travis Reynolds. There was some talk about UMass seeking a transfer TE, but none has materialized so far.

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The battle for starting Auburn RT (which includes UMass transfer Jack Driscoll), gets hotter.

SB Nation says the Week #1 battle between Auburn and Washington will be the week's top game.

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Friday, June 08, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Ronald Nunnery II

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on UMass recruiting Ronald Nunnery, a 6-2 205 pound athlete from Pearland, TX.

I blogged about Nunnery back on May 21st.

Since my post, Nunnery has added offers from Air Force, Memphis, Boise State, New Mexico State and more.

UMass Football News--June 8th, 2018

UMass announces the Bob and Marianne Foote Academic Success Center. Bob Foote was an All-American for UMass football in 1961 as well as 1st Team All-Yankee Conference.

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Conference USA's 2018 schedule is out including UMass at FIU.

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BYU site says losing to UMass "will really change a program".

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The preview magazines agree that Georgia will return to the college playoffs in 2018.

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