Friday, January 19, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Jake Syptak II

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I've blogged about Jake Syptak, a 6-5 280 pound OL back in May of 2017.

Syptak recently de-commited from SMU.

247Sports three-star player. now has highlights from his senior season.

This article talks about his de-commit from SMU.

Syptak originally had 19 offers including a number of Ivy League schools.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Michael Sullivan

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Michael Sullivan, a 6-6 305 pound OL from Norfork, MA has de-commited from Kent State.

247Sports two-star player. has video.

Sullivan has taken several unofficial visits to UMass. The Minutemen have not offered so far.

UMass Football News--January 18th, 2018

The grandson of legendary UMass coach Dick MacPherson, Mackey MacPherson, has been hired as running backs coach at Kent State.


Underdog Dynasty has a way-too-early 2018 Sun Belt Power Rankings. The Minutemen will play Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern this year.


Football Scoop has an interesting post on how Army went from 2-10 to 10-3 in two years. UMass starts a four-game series with the Black Knights starting in 2019.


BYU has been trying to upgrade its technology for fan access. The UMass football game November 18th and the subsequent BYU-UMass hoops game were both involved.


UMass opens its 2018 season against FCS Duquesne. The Dukes just got a QB transfer from Florida Atlantic. He's a former Palm Beach Player-of-the-Year. Duquesne want 7-4 in 2017 including a 27-24 loss to Liberty.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Khalil Hunter

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Khalil Hunter, a 6-0 250 pound FB/DL from Thaddeus Stevens JUCO is drawing interest from UMass. He will visit Amherst January 26th.

247Sports page here. has video.

Lancaster Online has a post on how video turned Hunter into a major-college prospect.

Hunter was First-Team All Conference in 2017.

247Sports has a Q &A story with Hunter.

Hunter is the #1 rated JUCO fullback. UMass is one of the few schools that runs
a pro-set "heavy" (with a fullback). If Hunter signs with UMass, he'll get more reps than most anywhere else.

Hunter has an offer from Howard; drawing interest from a wide range of Power Five schools.

Monday, January 15, 2018

UMass Football News--January 15th, 2018

The UMass Cheerleaders finished 7th nationally in the UCAnationals.


UMass QB recruit Josiah Johnson accounted for two TD's in the Blue-Gray All-American game. I didn't get to see the game as Mrs Blog and I were making the nearly two-hour drive to Amherst to see the entertaining 2018 Hoops team pull another amazin' comeback. Winning sure makes that long return drive worth it.

The game is still available on ESPN3 replay.


UConn hires Joe Dunn as offensive coordinator. You remember there was speculation Liam Coen or Brian Picucci could get the job.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

UMass football recruiting 2018--Josiah Johnson III

I've blogged about Josiah Johnson, a 6-5 203 pound QB from the Bolles School in Florida, and a UMass commit a number of times before.

This article has a paragraph on Johnson playing for the Gray team in today's Blue-Gray All Star game.

More information about the Blue-Gray All-American bowl here.

The game will be available on ESPN3 at 2:30 pm.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Gabe Brkic

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Gabe Brkic, a 6-3 170 pound kicker from Chardon, OH has been offered by UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

This article from June of 2017 features Brkic.

Brkic's Kohl's Kicking Camp bio.

Brkic has six offers, with UMass as the only offer from the Northeast.

Friday, January 12, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Malcolm Magee III

I've blogged about Malcolm Magee, a 6-0 177 pound Athlete from Pascagoula, MS twice before.

This article reports on his intent to take an official visit to the University of Louisiana this weekend.

Umass Recruiting 2018--Jalen Scott II

Back in May I blogged about Jalen Scott, a 6-1 280 pound DT from Irvington, NJ.

This article from updates his recruiting. The article reports Scott will visit UMass just before the February recruiting deadline. The Minutemen were the first team to offer Scott. UConn, Rutgers and Cincinnati are showing late interest.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Habakkuk Baldonado

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Habakkuk Baldonado, a 6-5 230 pound DE from Italy, has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports two-star player. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article partially features Baldonado.

Baldonado has seven offers including UConn and UCF.

UMass Football News--January 11th, 2018

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Good News for the 2018 UMass Football team; Matty Vautour reports Bryton Barr will return for next season. The Minutemen had been slated to lose to graduation five of the starting front seven on defense. Barr led UMass with 105 TT's.

Barr's Tweet on his decision.


Former UMass assistant coach Greg Burns has been hired at Oregon State. Burns coached defensive backs at UMass in 2013.


Former UMass player and coach Neal Brown is no longer a candidate for the head coaching position at Arizona.


One who got away:

Robin Jutwreten, a 6-4 235 pound DE from Sweden has verbaled to Ritgers. Jutwreten had visited UMass.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Malcolm Magee II

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I just blogged about Malcolm Magee, a 6-0 177 pound athlete/DB from Pascagoula, MS.

This article reports the offers are piling up for the Ocean Springs football star.


UMass Football News--January 10th, 2018

Two former UMass assistant coaches are candidates for offensive coordinator at UConn: Liam Coen and Brian Picucci.


Former UMass player and coach Neal Brown has interviewed for the Arizona head coaching position. If Brown gets the job, I wonder if he'd offer the OC position to Whipple.

KGUN has Brown as the possible top candidate for Arizona.


Conner Lemeux has been accepted into the Tufts School of Dentistry.


College football talk predicts 2018 UMass opponent Georgia as #3 in this coming year.


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Jake Moody

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Jake Moody, a 6-1 180 pound kicker from Northville, MI has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Kohl's kicking Camp profile here.

This article from September of 2017 features Moody.

Hometown Life also has a story about Moody.

Besides UMass, Moody has offers from Texas State, Air Force and two MAC teams.

Monday, January 08, 2018

UMass Football recruiting 2018--Caleb Okechukwu II

I've blogged about Caleb Okechukwu, a 6-4 252 pound DE from Washington, DC before.

Okechukwu took an OV to UMass on December 6th.

This article reports he will visit Tennessee on January 26th.

Okechukwu is now up to 13 offers.

UMass Football recruiting 2018--Malcolm Magee Jr.

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Malcolm Magee, Jr, a 6-0 177 pound Athlete from  Pascagoula, MS has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article features Magee's first FBS offer.

Magee holds 12 offers including Troy, Toledo and a number of Sun Belt teams. UMass is his only offer from the Northeast.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

UMass Recruiting 2018--Patrick Jolly

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Patrick Jolly, a 6-1 177 pound Athlete from Tampa, Fl has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

Former UCF commit.

Averaged 9.1 yards/carry during HS career.

Also ran track.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports Jolly will take an OV to UMass on 01/26.

Jolly holds 21 offers including Syracuse, Rutgers, Temple and West Virginia from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--January 6th, 2018

Not a lot of UMass news available on the intertubes during this slow period.

James Madison plays North Dakota State in the FCS Championship today. James Madison has won 26 straight games.


The Buffalo Bills are making their first playoff appearance in 17 years against the Jaguars.

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Vladimir Ducasse has started 12 games for the Bills. Ducasse is now in his eight season as a pro. Ducasse's Wikipedia bio.


Friday, January 05, 2018

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Cagan Campbell, a 5-10 170 pound CB from Tuscaloosa, AL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Also ran a 10.67 100 meters.

Alabama 6A state champion in the 60 meters and the 400 meters in 2016.

USA Today has video of one of his returns.

Campbell currently has 13 offers including Army, Marshall and South Alabama from FBS

Thursday, January 04, 2018

UMass Football News--January 4th, 2018

Walter Football has Breneman #8 in TE's draft ranking.

Draft Wite has Breneman #6.

DraftTec has Brnenman #4.

Draftutopia has Brenenman #1 in the 2018 draft.


Liberty announces its 2020 and 2021 schedules; plays UMass both years.


Middleborough graduates perform with the UMMB at the Rose Parade.


How Atlanta became the capital of college football.


The LA Times reports UCF says they're the true National Champions. The Knights did beat Auburn, who beat both Alabama and Georgia.


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Brandon Perry

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Brandon Perry, a 5-9 155 pound CB from Madison HS in Texas has a UMass offer.

247Sports page here. has video.

UMass is the first offer for Perry

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Recruiting 2018--Jovon Burris

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Jovan Burris, a 6-2 185 pound JUCO DB has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass

Burris visited UMass back in January of 2017. He ended up verbaling to FAU, but has reopened his recruiting.

247Sports two-star player.

Burris also has an offer from Buffalo.

UMass Footbal News--January 2nd, 2018

Matty Vautour predicts UMass will be bowl eligible in 2018.

The Boston Herald says Whipple will have the Minutemen bowl eligible in 2018.


2018 opponent Ohio has a lot of returning players for the coming season.


Don Brown says Michigan commit Julius Welschof is no project. Welschof had a UMass visit and offer.


UMass opponents continue to do well in bowl games.

Jake Bentley leads South Carolina past Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

Mississippi State beats Louisville in the Tax slayer Bowl.


A Bleacher Report Write has a long look at the various winners and losers from the 2017 bowl season.

The MAC went 1-4, the Sunbelt went 4-1 and Independents went 2-0 in league bowl results.


Monday, January 01, 2018

News Year's Day--2018

Happy New Year to all the UMass Football fanatics. 2017 brought us four wins. May 2018 bring us six wins and a bid to the Way-the-Hell-Out-There Bowl. I'll tell you right now, I'm going, God willing.

Hope everybody has a healthy and happy 2018.

I'm going to watch the UMMB at the Rose Parade and then I'm going to watch college football all day.

Be back tomorrow with some recruiting news.