Wednesday, December 12, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Tyler Devera II

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Tyler Devera, a 6-4 227 pound TE from Bergen Catholic will take a OV to UMass this weekend.

I've blogged about Devera before.

Hudl.com has senior highlights.

Devera has 20 offers including Buffalo and Rutgers from the Northeast. If he's looking for playing time, he'll find it at UMass.

UMass Football News--December 12th, 2018


More awards for Andy Isabella:

Associate Press names Isabella as 2nd team All-America.

Football Writers Association of America has Andy as 1st Team All-America.

Sporting News has Isabella a 2nd team All-American.

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Full Press Coverage looks at Isabella as a Raiders draft pick.

CBS Sports has prospects who improved their draft ratings in 2018.

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NJ.com reports Rutgers will face four new coaches in 2019.

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UMass coaching candidate Phip Longo takes the OC position at North Carolina.

Speaking of UNC, they're hoping they can flip Florida State comit Sam Howell now that Walt Bell has moved to UMass.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Joey Noble

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Joey Noble, a 6-4 250 pound JUCO DE from Fullerton College in CA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Fullerton bio has stats.

Noble has FBS offers from Eastern Michigan and Tulsa.

Monday, December 10, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Cornelius Evans

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Cornelius Evans. a 6-4 220 pound OLB from Lawrenceville, GA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

Hudl.com has video from his senior year.

First Team all 7-AAAAAAA region.

Evans has 10 offers including Coastal Carolina from FBS.

Sunday, December 09, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Samuel Okuayinonu

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Samuel Okuayinonu, a 6-3 270 pound JUCO DE from Lowell, MA has Tweeted he's received an offer from Coach Bell.

247Sports page here. He's a 247Sports three-star player

Was Minnesota College Conference Defense Player-of-the-Year.

Hudl.com has video.

Okuayinonu has an FBS offers from Syracuse and Southern Mississippi. UMass should have plenty of playing time to offer Okuayinonu.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

UMass Football News--December 8th, 2018

UMass WR Jesse Britt has announced he will return to the team and play out his time at UMass. This is good news. Britt is sure to be one of the top three receivers next year. The WR group is one of the few units the Minutemen have that has some depth. Britt will make the unit stronger.

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Josh Walfish has his week mailbag. The questions this week are all about football and Coach Bell's hire.

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SB Nation has the 2018 college football award tracker. I mentioned yesterday Alabama's Jerry Jeury winning the Biletnikoff Award. The award tracker article has the Crimson Tide mentioned numerous times for the various awards. However, the last award mentioned in the article is the academics and service award and somehow Alabama did not have any nominees in that category...

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Speaking of Andy Isabella, he was named to the 2018 Sports Illustrated All-American 2nd team.

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Friday, December 07, 2018

UMass Football News--December 7th, 2018


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Andy Isabella did not win the Biletnikoff award. The winner, Jerry Jeudy from Alabama was 19th in the nation in receiving yards and 7th in receiving TD's (!?). Explain that one.

He was named first-team Walter Camp All-American.

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Social Media is reporting Luke Paschall will be joining Coach Bell's staff at UMass.

Paschall's North Carolina bio.

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Matty Vautour says Bell's success will be difficult to define. Pundits frequently talk about the costs and difficulties of doing something. They rarely comment on the costs of doing nothing. FBS independence is difficult to be sure. However, if UMass wants to in the AAC with Temple and UConn---and that would be a big boost to basketball and the Olympic sports, then our current status is the only way to go.

FCS football (or no football at all), would forever close that option. Bowl tie-ins would come if we win some games.

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Underdog Dynasty has a post on Bell's hiring.

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

UMass Football News--December 6th, 2018

UMass announces a season ticket deposit plan that makes the holder eligible for some nice UMass gifts. Bling includes a Army travel package, autographed UMass gear and possible lunch with coach Bell.

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Josh Walfish reports Coach Bell's southern twang seems to fit well in Amherst. Josh talks about Bell building a staff and his defensive policy. As reported in social media, Isiah Rogers will return for his senior season.

Josh also talks about A.D. Ryan Bamford is excited about a detail-oriented coach. I think it's interesting Bell had turned down two previous opportunities to take a head coaching position at UMass. IMHO, 2019 is going to be a major challenge given the state of the roster. Right now I'm interested in recruiting for this year and 2020.

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Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle reports UMass officially introduces the Minutemen's next head coach.

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The Boston Herald says Walt Bell takes over the UMass coaching reins.

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The Daily Collegian has a post on Bell's press conference and some quotes by Bell on recruiting.

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Nice story on Andy Isabella's family rooting for him to win the Bilenikoff Award.

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A Sports Illustrated writer grades 2018's coaching hires including Walt Bell.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

UMass Football News--December 5th, 2018


Without comment.
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Bell gets a standing ovation at last night's basketball game.

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Brandon Collier likes Coach Bell's hire. UMass needs all the recruiting streams it can get.

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Isiah Rogers says he'll be back for his senior season. Rogers is the Minutemen's best returning defensive player. Now coach Bell needs to find 10 other guys.

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The 2019 season gets closer as UMass @ Rutgers gets moved to Friday, August 30th. UMass and Rutgers on national TV?

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Florida State looks for a candidate to replace Bell as offensive coordinator.

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There's a report Boston College will hire Liam Coen as offensive coordinator. UMass probably would not have enough money, but Bell as head coach and Liam as offensive coordinator would have been an impressive offensive coaching staff.

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Pro Football Focus thinks Andy Isabella should win the Biletnikoff Award.

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 TOTALLY UNDERSTANDABLE

FAU student threatens to kill a professor over scheduling a final exam at 7:00 am.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

UMass Football News--December 4th, 2018

The Athletic says Coach Bell will get a increased assistant coach salary pool.

Note also Bell took a salary cut to move to UMass. 

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Bell's 2018 Florida State passing average was third in the ACC. However, the Seminoles were second to last in sacks given up. And Florida State was last in rushing yards. Sounds like the Seminoles had some O-line troubles this year.

The Tallahasse Democrat reports although Bell was the OC he did not take over play calling until November 3rd (the last four games of the season).

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Chop Chat looks at the impact of Bell leaving for the UMass job.

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The Sentinel & Enterprise says Bell has been a fast riser in college football coaching.

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The Daily Nole covers Bell's departure for UMass.

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The Berkshire Eagle says UMass has gone young and energetic.

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BTW, I've been meaning to congratulate UMass Hockey for their first ever #1 in the nation ranking. What I know about hockey would fit in a thimble, but it's impressive what UMass hockey has done.

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Monday, December 03, 2018

UMass hires Florida OC Walt Bell as the Minutemen's next head coach.


UMass Press release.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on Bell's hire.

Adam Breneman weighs in on Twitter.

I like this quote from Breneman: "Great guy and relentless recruiter".

The Gazette has a post on Bell's hire.

MassLive covers Bell's joining the Minutemen.

Tomahawk Nation reacts.

Bart Simmons of CBS Sports says Bell is a rising star.

There are other links, but they just repeat the UMass press release. I'm sure there will be more tomorrow.

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Unlike some sure-to-gripe commenters, I don't know enough about Bell to make a statement about his hire. However, Bell does have a number of attributes I would like to see in the new UMass coach.

For one, he's young. Possibly, the best UMass could do without being in a conference would be to be known as a place where young hot coaches go before they get a lucrative Power Five head coaching job.

I have felt strongly these past two years that it was not coaching, but recruiting that was the failure. There's no coaching scheme that can offset going up against a team that's bigger, faster and more athletic. Bell has recruited extensively in the South and that's where the talent is. We can't exist on bottom-five recruiting classes.

All-in-all, Coach Bell looks like a good hire. He has lots of Power Five coaching and recruiting experience.  Of the names mentioned in the search, I see none who obviously stand above him. And I'm willing to listen to Adam Breneman, who has actually met him as opposed to the opinions of anonymous commenters.

Welcome coach Bell! Go UMass!

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UMass Football News--December 3rd, 2018

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Social media is reporting (if social media can be considered reporting), that former UMass player and coach Joe Cullen has interviewed for the UMass head coaching job.

Cullen's Ravens bio.

While at UMass Cullen was All-Yankee conference in 1988 and 1989. Was UMass DL coach in 1991 under Jimmy Reid. I actually spoke to him a couple of times back in the day.

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Georgia Southern, Ohio, USF, BYU, Boston College and FIU all were picked to go to bowl games.

Liberty won six games, but two of their victories were over FCS teams and only one counts toward bowl eligibility.

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

UMass Football News--December 2nd, 2018

All quiet on the UMass coaching search...

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Duquesne's season ended in a 51-6 rout in snowy Brookings, South Dakota. The Dukes still went 9-4 for the 2018 season.

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The Maine Black bears, who's coach Joe Harasymiak, has been mentioned as a possible UMass target, beat Jacksonville State 55-27. Maine will move on to meet Weber State in the quarterfinals.

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Alabama's Jalen Hurts led the Crimson Tide to a fourth quarter comeback victory over Georgia. The loss likely knocked the Bulldogs out of the FBS playoffs.

Now if FBS had a real playoff like the rest of college football, Georgia would still be in it.

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

UMass Football News--December 1st, 2018

Kyle Grabowski has how former UMass player Vladamar Brower built Central Football into a State title contender.

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Josh Walfish says UMass A.D. Ryan Bamford is the "front porch" of the Athletic Dept.

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Pro Football Focus Andy Isabella as college football's best deep ball wide Receiver.

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Former UMass player and coach E.J. Barthel has been hired as an assistant coach at William & Mary.

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SB Nation updates the football coach hiring and firing so far in 2018. Mentions UMass.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

UMass Football News--November 30th, 2018

Josh Walfish has a post on A.D. Bamford's letter to Gridiron members that I posted yesterday.

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Meanwhile, Mississippi OC Phil Longo is being mentioned as a candidate for the UMass coaching job.

Longo's Ole Miss bio.

Interviewed for the open Texas State job.

Longo runs a version of Mike Leach's "Air Raid" offense.

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The Greenfield Recorder has a story on Shelburne native Jay Burnham being named play-by-play broadcaster for UMass sports. No word yet if Burnham will do UMass football.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

UMass Football News--November 29th, 2018

UPDATE:

As a Gridiron member, I received the following message from AD Ryan Bamford:

"Dear Gridiron Members,
 
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving season. 
 
I've received some feedback and questions over the last week from many of you, the public, and the media regarding our search process to find the next leader for the UMass Football Program.  I wanted to share my thought process with you regarding this very important search.
 
Prior to my arrival at UMass, the department often employed head coach search committees to assist in the head coach selection process. In my four years in Amherst, we have had a number of coaching searches that have followed this model which included broad participation from campus and community members. Specifically, our men's cross country, field hockey, women's soccer, women's tennis and baseball searches involved interview sessions and ultimately input from a number of constituent groups prior to making a hire. Conversely, when we conducted searches that yielded Greg Carvel (ice hockey), Tory Verdi (women's basketball) and Matt McCall (men's basketball) we limited the people associated with the search to maintain confidentiality and work efficiently through our recruiting efforts, interviews, candidate selection and contract negotiations in a quiet and effective manner.   
 
Based on our success in those searches and some additional reasons listed below, I've chosen to conduct the search process on my own with a small group of people consulting me, all who shall remain anonymous. Ultimately, I will select the next leader for UMass Football and will ask our Chancellor to accept my recommendation when the process nears completion.  
 
Please understand that I value the input I receive daily from people who care about UMass Athletics. I also see value in including people in our selection process for our next head coach but it is not always in the best interest of the process. At our level of Division I athletics, it is taxing to have a well-run confidential search that ensures the right hire and keeps all of our constituents happy.  That said, I am pleased that in the last 10 days I have secured feedback from many of you regarding the attributes you desire in our next head coach. This feedback has been crucial as I form the profile for our next head coach.  I can't thank those individuals enough for offering their insights and positive encouragement during this process.  
 
I decided to run the basketball, hockey and now football searches with a small group for a number of reasons. First, the confidentiality of the search is vitally important, and the conversations that I have with potential coaches must remain private.  For example, I would not have been able to secure Greg Carvel from St. Lawrence without a high-degree of confidentiality during that process.  It was important to Greg that his name not become public, and he only had meetings with myself and Chancellor Subbaswamy during his offline visits to Amherst. As a sitting head coach, I wanted to protect him so that if we did not come to terms of employment at UMass, it did not jeopardize Greg at St. Lawrence.  
 
In addition, I need to be extremely nimble during this search process. I've been on/off airplanes a great deal this last week, and will continue to do-so throughout this weekend and possibly in to next week.  Because of this, it would be hard to mobilize a multi-person committee to fly across the country recruiting candidates and holding interviews on such short notice.  Most of my time meeting with candidates will be outside Western Massachusetts. This is standard practice for a job with this profile and intensified timeline.    
 
Also, with the increase in activity on social media and all the "unnamed" sources willing to share information, whether accurate or not, I felt it would be best taking the sole lead on this search, and not share any details until an agreement is finalized. 
 
I can't give you a specific timeline at this point for when we'll make the hire, just know that I'm working as hard as I can to find the best leader for the UMass Football Program.  I want to make all of you that have invested in this program proud of the man we bring to Amherst. 
 
Thank you for your understanding during this pursuit. I look forward to introducing the next coach to you very soon!
 
Please feel free to share any additional thoughts or feedback with me directly at rbamford@umass.edu."
 
Thank you, and Go UMass!
 
Ryan Bamford
 
 Note that I'm NOT going e-mail Mr. Bamford. What can I say? Hire a winning coach. He knows that. If I were to contact him, I would say that I support him and the UMass football program.

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Andy Isabella wins the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award. If you've never read it: The Harry Agganis story.

Hogs Haven still thinks UMass is in the MAC, but does a good job of covering Isabella's game against Georgia.

Pro Football Focus looks at the top performances by players from the 46 non-bowl eligible teams.

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Underdog Dyansty looks at Maine's Joe Harasymiak as a candidate for the UMass head coaching position.

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UConn's Daily Campus writers debate the low point of the the Huskies season. Several of them quote to loss to UMass.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

UMass Football News--November 28th, 2018


Findley, Isabella added to Senior Bowl roster.

The News Herald reports Mayfield's Andy Isabella gets an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Bleeding Green Nation talks about Isabella's performance against Georgia.

OKState.com makes Tylan Wallace's case for the Biletnikoff Award. Wallace is an excellent receiver but he plays for the #10 ranked offense in the country. Isabella played for the #41 offense.

The Draft Network looks at Isabella's strengths and weaknesses in the NFL draft.

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BTW, UMass finished the regular with the #123 (out of 130) ranked defense.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

UMass Football News--November 27th, 2018


Congrats to Bryton Barr and Andy Isabella on being named to the All-Region team.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on news from UMass athletics that includes Barr and Isabella.

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Josh Walfish has five candidates for the open UMass head coaching job.

I doubt Don Brown would take a massive pay cut to return to Amherst. Liam Coen certainly knows UMass, but he's never been a head coach.

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FIU is the first of the Minutemen's 2018 opponents to be given a bowl invite.

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A 247Sports writer says Texas Tech should consider Neal Brown.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

UMass Football News--November 26th, 2018

Remember: Vote for Andy Isabella!

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I've been meaning to mention if you noticed Elijah Wilkinson is starting for the Denver Broncos?

Broncos RG Elijah Wilkinson is preparing for an "Amazing opportunity". I watched Denver beat the Steelers yesterday and I though Wilkinson played well.

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I also watched the Auburn-Alabama game and Jack Driscoll had a good game even though the Tigers did not.

Driscoll was a member of the SEC players-of-the-week team prior to the Alabama game. He should make the team again this week.

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Georgia is a 13.5 underdog to Alabama, in the opening Vegas odds. Liberty is a four point favorite over Norfolk State. Maine is 1.5 point underdog to Jacksonville state in the FCS playoffs and Duquesne is a heavy (27.5 points) underdog to South Dakota State.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

UMass Football News--November 25th, 2018

Vote for Andy Isabella!

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Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle has where does UMass football go from here.

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Duquesne shocked CAA member Townson in the first round of the FCS playoffs.

Boston College could not keep up with #20 Syracuse and lost 42-21.

Georgia Southern rolled over Georgia State 35-14.

Marshall knocked FIU out of the C-USA championship game 28-25.

Charlotte is still looking for a coach.

Ohio beat Akron Friday 49-28 to run the Bobcats record to 8-4.

USF lost their fifth consecutive game to finish the season 7-5.

Coastal Carolina lost their fourth game in a row to finish 5-7.

The 2018 UMass defense was bad. Not as bad as UConn's who set records of defensive futility in the Huskies 57-7 loss to Temple.

Liberty played New Mexico State for the second time this season and avenged a earlier loss 28-21.

BYU could not stop a huge Utah comeback and lost 35-27.

Georgia throttled Georgia Tech 45-21. The Dogs scored the first five times they had the ball and held Tech to 66 yards of total offense in the first half. Remember UMass had 200+ yards and 13 points against the Dogs first team defense in the first half.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

UMass Football News--November 24th, 2018

Josh Walfish has five under the radar candidates for the Minutemen coaching job.

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Marquis Young accepts invitation to the East-West Shrine game.

In 2018 young went 11-11 GP-GS 154-791 5.1 AVE 9 TD's 71.9 AVE/GAME

So Marquis career totals are 685-3,631 29 TD's 5.3 AVE.

That places him 5th in all time career rushing yards. He's also 5th in career rushing attempts and tied for 6th in career rushing TD's with Jonathan Hernandez (2008-2011).

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Have you voted for Andy Isabella today?

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The University of Georgia's football success might be influencing admissions.

Speaking of the Dogs, Georgia opens as a surprisingly heavy favorite over red-hot Georgia Tech.

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ESPN loses 2 million subscribers in 2018.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

UMass Football News November 23, 2018

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Andy Isabella wins the George H. "Bulger" Lowe award as the best offensive college football player in New England.

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A Greenfield UMass football fan recounts his visit to Athens to watch the UMass-Georgia game.

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CBS Sports relates Andy Isabella shows the growing value of slot receivers in the NFL draft.

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Brandon Collier thinks Bob Shoop would be a good fit at UMass.

Shoop's Mississippi State bio.

Quote from the bio:

"Bob Shoop, who has coordinated units to Top 25 rankings in total defense in five out of the last seven years, enters his first season on Joe Moorhead’s Mississippi State staff as defensive coordinator and safeties coach. Moorhead officially announced Shoop’s hiring on Dec. 10, 2017.

The 2014 National Defensive Coordinator of the Year, Shoop has proven to be one of the top defensive minds in the game. He has served as a defensive coordinator for 15 years, including two seasons at Tennessee (2016-17), two seasons at Penn State (2014-15) and three seasons at Vanderbilt (2011-13). Over his last 10 seasons, he’s coached 16 NFL Draft picks with five at Tennessee, five at Penn State, three at Vanderbilt and three at William & Mary
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Shoop's Mississippi State defense is #1 in the SEC.

Shoop is a finalist for the Broyles Award (top assistant coach).

The Bulldogs defense has a number of All-American candidates, so Shoop is working in a different universe than UMass, but his defense put up some impressive numbers this year. So far: 90 TFL, 36 SACKS and 49 QB Hurries. Remember UMass had exactly one QBH in 2018.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

UMasss Football --Thanksgiving 2019

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Happy Thanksgiving to all UMass fans and players from frosty Milford, NH.

The Pilgrims were hoping for better days. UMass fans are too.

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The UMass announcement of the coaching change.

MassLive reports UMass officially announces coaching change.

Josh Walfish reports Mark Whipple steps down as Minutemen head coach.

There are more articles on Whipple leaving, but they all just repeat the UMass press release.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

UMass Football news -- Coach Whipple being let go

Multiple news outlets are saying UMass and Coach Whipple are negotiating his leaving UMass.

Josh Wallfish says sources say UMass and Whipple are parting ways.

MassLive reports Whipple out as UMass coach.

The Boston Herald reports the Whipple era may be over.

Hero Sports has some potential candidates for the head coach for the Minutemen.

MassLive also has some potential choices for UMass' next coach.

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My take on this year's problems comes down to recruiting. After a successful year three years ago, the quality of the recruiting classes has declined. On defense we were small and lacked athleticism.

After Jarell Addo was suspended, Tyris Lebeau started for him. After Lebeau went down with a shoulder injury, the coaches thought the next best option was to move a safety to OLB.

Consider this quote by Ed Pinkham from October 6th:

One of the things we’ve been trying to deal with is we’re trying to get our best 11 guys on the field,” Pinkham said. “Sometimes when you have injuries or you don’t have the option of playing a guy, you take a guy from one position and put him in another position, feeling like this is the best 11 guys we have. He hasn’t had all the experience, the amount of time we’ve invested for a guy in a particular position, it does take awhile for them to play. In addition to when I do that, I look at the guy I replaced him with and he’s not as good at that position as the guy I moved from one to the other."

I translate that as "we are exactly one guy deep at OLB".

On the defensive line we had five total sacks in the 2018 season by defensive linemen. Jake Byczko had 4.5-26 and Joe Previte had 0.5-4. That's amazin' stat. In addition UMass had one (1) QB hurry for the entire season. For the last two seasons, if we played a team that had a dual-threat QB we gave up a huge amount of yardage. It's no shame we couldn't compete with Georgia's #1 QB recruit in the nation, but teams like Coastal Carolina had the same results.

Now consider that Bryton Barr, Jarell Addo, both starting safeties and Lee Moses are all graduating. We don't have a pass rushing DE on the roster. We do not have a big run-stopping MLB.

Defensive recruiting has been a train wreck.

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My choice for a new head coach would be someone who is a good fit for the school and I'd probably pick a defensive guy. Most of our wins have been defensive grinds rather than offensive shoot-outs. Offense sells tickets, but losing is worse. We need someone who can recruit enough talent to be competitive. I'm not asking for Power Five recruiting classes. I'm asking for classes that will enable us to compete in the Group-of-Five.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

UMass Football News--Andy Isabella is a Bletnikoff Finalist


The UMass athletic dept story on Isabella being named one of three finalists for the Bletnikoff Award.

"Fans can vote for their favorite receiver on FanVote! . Fans may vote once daily. The aggregate fan tally will be counted as 1 official vote. The FanVote tally provided the 1-vote margin of victory for '13 BA winner Brandin Cooks"

Andy needs your vote. Pretend you're in Chicago and vote early and often.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on Isabella being named a finalist.

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Thanks to the Blog reader who sent me this link: How Georgia DB's can grow from facing UMass' Andy Isabella.

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Underdog Dynasty says Isabella left a record-setting mark on UMass.

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The News-Herald said Mayfield grad Andy Isabella is a Bletnikoff finalist.

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Georgia QB Justin Fields was named SEC Freshman-of-the-Week for his performance against the Minutemen.

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Michigan HC Harbaugh says "Nobody's better" than Don Brown.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

UMass Football News--November 19th, 2019


Let's start the post season with some appreciation of Andy Isabella.

In 2018 Isabella set the single season record of 1,698 yards. That broke Jimmy Moore's 1,494 in 1998 (15 games). He was 2nd in single season pass receptions with 102. Tajae Sharpe had 111 in 2015. Isabella tied Jason Peebler in TD pass receptions (13) for 2nd place in a single season. He was also 2nd behind Tajae Sharpe in single season receptions per game with 8.5.

In career stats:

His 3,526 career receiving yards places him 1st ahead of Tajae Sharpe 3,486. Isabella's 231 career catches places him 2nd to Sharpe (277). His 30 career TD receptions has him 2nd to Adrian Zullo (32).

Dog Nation has "Bulldog secondary torched by Andy Isabella".

There were some Internet trolls who inferred Georgia was not really trying or the game was out of reach anyway.

This article from Dawgs Nation on Georgia's results from the Minutemen game.

 Quote from the article":

"The Bulldogs allowed their independent visitors 390 total yards, 287 yards passing and 219 yards and 2 touchdowns to one receiver. They’ll tell you that most of that offensive production for UMass came in the second half against backups, but that isn’t entirely true.

First, more than half of the total yardage — 206 yards — came in the first two quarters, when Georgia’s front-line defenders were on the field. In that span, the Bulldogs allowed a 42-yard run, a 17-yard pass and three scoring drives. Andy Isabella, who would finish with 15 catches, had eight of them in that opening stanza. The Minutemen also rushed for 81 yards on 15 carries in the first half-hour of play.

Granted, the two big scores — 75- and 45-yard TD passes to Isabella — did not come against the No. 1 defense. The defensive backs that were ultimately burned, Eric Stokes and Christopher White, represented a starter and counted-on reserve. And while one of those plays came on a double-pass, UMass still completed 74 percent of the passes it attempted.

In the end, the visitors averaged 7.2 yards per offensive play
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In a topic that will occupy us for a while, Josh Wallfish has the pro's and con's of Mark Whipple.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

UMass Football News--November 18th, 2018

Well the Dogs offense led by the #1 recruit in the nation rolled over the UMass defense. Georgia scored every time they had the ball. To their credit, the Dogs took their foot off the gas in the second half. Georgia tried to use the full 35 seconds and mostly they ran the ball abet at 12 yards a carry.

The UMass offense however, did well. The Minutemen moved the ball all game. We had nearly 400 yards of offense. Georgia's defense had given a total of 49 points at home for the season. The previous high for a visiting team was 13 by Vanderbilt.


Then there was Andy Isabella. Quote from the Georgia post game notes:

Sophomore QB #11 Jake Fromm

On UMass wide receiver Andy Isabella, who caught 15 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns...

I mean, what a player. He did a phenomenal job. It didn’t matter who we put on him, he was finding ways to get separation and get open. He made some plays and I don’t know if he dropped a ball. He did awesome. It seemed like every time they threw it, there he was again catching another ball. Great player, really exciting, really fun to watch."

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UMass write-up here.

Georgia write-up here.

Josh Wallfish says the Dogs overwhelmed the Minutemen, but Andy Isabella held his own.

Dawg Nation said it was an easy win for Georgia.

Red & Black grades the Dogs position groups.

Dawgs 247 said Justin Fields broke out.

What Kirby Smart said after the UMass win.

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Duquesne won the Northeast Conference and an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.

Boston College gave up a TD with less than a minute left to lose to Florida State.

2018 opponents Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina met and the Eagles won 41-17. Georgia Southern is 8-3 and the Chants fell to 5-6.

Two other opponents FIU and Charlotte met and FIU held on to beat the 49ers 42-35.

USF lost their fourth straight as Temple beat 'em 27-17.

UConn got blown out by ECU (who was 2-7 going into the game) 55-21.

Liberty was crushed by Auburn 53-0. The Flames were held to 134 yards of total offense.

BYU beat New Mexico State 45-10. The win makes the Cougars bowl-eligible.

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Back in the CAA, Rhode Island beat UNH to finish with their first winning record in 17 years.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Game Day Georgia--November 17th, 2018


Hey, if we want to be the best, play the best. Georgia is a great team, no doubt about it. Being a UMass fan is not easy. If it were, anybody could do it. I admire hard-core types. I'm a Minutemen fan and I'll die one. The team has played creditably against SEC teams in the past. Every player has to go hard every play. Do your best every play and accept the result.

One of my favorite songs on my Power Lifting workout mix is Hatebreed's "Honor never dies". Turn your speakers all the way up.

Let's get after the Dogs today. Go UMass!

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Inspiring story about UMass DB Martin Mangram.

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Josh Wallfish reports Whipple said Georgia is the best team UMass has ever played.

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A Saturday Down South writer has five things I want to see from Georgia against UMass.

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A Fan Side writer reports Georgia hasn't beaten a Bay State team since 1951. He also thinks UMass has only beaten two FBS teams this season.

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Athlon Sports reports injuries have forced changes in the Dogs offensive line.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

UMass Football News--November 16th, 2018

Josh Wallfish has his weekly "Inside the Press Box" with Georgia.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the Georgia game.

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Dawg Nation has five players they want to shine against UMass.

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Georgia RS Sophomore RB Prather Hudson may see extended time against the Minutemen.

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The numbers behind Georgia's turnaround since the loss to LSU.

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Saturday Down South has five things Georgia does better than Alabama.

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Dawgs 247 has five strengths and weaknesses for Georgia heading down the stretch.

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Ohio crushed 7-1 Buffalo 52-17 Wednesday. Ohio needs Buffalo to lose one more time to take the MAC East title.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Jackson Cloyd (corrected)

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Jackson Cloyd, a 6-3 220 OLB from Orange, CA has Tweeted he has an offer to UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from June of 2018 features Cloyd.

Cloyd holds offers from Army, Air Force, Hawaii and Nevada.

UMass Football News--November 15th, 2018

What Kirby Smart said Tuesday before the UMass game.

Smart also hints at another change to the Dogs starting lineup.

Georgia DB Eric Stokes could be the new starter.

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Dawgs Sprots has three things to worry about for the UMass game.

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Dawg Nation thinks the odds of Georgia beating Alabama keep improving.

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Why Georgia's top-ranked 2018 recruiting class is the key to the playoffs.

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UMass stays a #10 in BYU opponent rankings after Saturday's game.

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TOTALLY UNDERSTANDABLE

New Jersey man arrested for DWI told officers he was drinking because the Jets suck.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

UMass Football News--November 14th, 2018

Former UMass player Vladamar Brower has been named New England Patriots High School coach-of-the-week.

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An "Award  Winning" Saturday Down South writer thinks UMass is an FCS team.

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Georgia Coach Kirby Smart says the Dogs are running out of people. Somehow I doubt it.

The Dogs may start five-star QB Justin Fields against UMass this Saturday.

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BYU is determined to find the answer for slow starts.

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Andy Isabella is ranked #11 in this story about the 12 best WR's in college football.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

UMass Football News--November 13th, 2018


Andy Isabella has been named to the Biletnikoff award semi-finals. Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on it. UMass athletic dept press release on Isabella.

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Mike also recaps the BYU game.

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The Herald says BYU's aggressiveness paid off against the Minutemen.

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UMass has their game notes for Georgia up.

Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs preview the UMass game.

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AJC.com says UMass will test the Bulldogs focus.

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Savannah Now reports the Bulldogs plan to "Worry about us."

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Dawg Nation looks at Georgia's injury status for the UMass game.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Xavier Gonsalves verbals to UMass

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

The Cape Cod Times has a post on Gonsalves' verbal to UMass.

247Sports page here.

I blogged about Gonsalves back on June 13.

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

Hudl.com has video.

The Mashpee Times features Gonsalves in this article from a couple of days ago.

This article from December of 2017 features Gonsalves.

UMass was Gonslaves only FBS offer. Drew interest from UConn and BC.

UMass Football News--November 12thy, 2018

UMass opens a 44 point underdog to Georgia. I can't help but think the Minutemen and the points might be a good thing.

Dog Nation says Georgia opens an eye-popping  favorite.

247Sports reports the Dogs are ranked #5 in the Coaches Poll and #3 in the ESPN Power Ranking.

SB Nation says take UMass and the points.

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Josh Wallfish reports missed chances haunted UMass at the BYU game.

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The Herald Extra gives BYU good marks in all phases of Saturday's game.

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Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle says for UMass fans the glass is full for hockey, half full for hoops and half empty for football.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

UMass Football News--November 11th, 2018

The Minutemen defense played creditably for most of the game. The defense gained one turnover and forced six punts. However, BYU's defense smothered the UMass offense for most of the game after the first quarter. Ross Comis after the best game of his life last week, seemed out of sync. He missed picking up open receivers and (after the first quarter) seemed indecisive on using his running ability. There were also a couple of drops: one by Kyle Horn and another by Sadiq Palmer that did not help.

The Cougars are a Power Five team. To beat them we would have had to play better. At times it seemed as if we could play with them. For a significant portion of the game, we didn't.

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UMass write-up here.

BYU write-up here.

Josh Wallfish said the Cougar defense was overwhelming.

The Daily Collegian said just 25 yards of offense in the third quarter doomed the Minutemen.

The Daily Herald reports the BYU stood tall.

The Boston Herald said UMass couldn't keep pace with BYU.

It was a bittersweet day for BYU QB Tanner Mangum.

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Duquesne beat conference-leading Sacred Heart to run their record to 7-3.

Clemson ran over Boston College 27-7.

Neal Brown's Troy team scored 32 unanswered points to beat Georgia Southern.

FIU got run over by FAU 49-14.

Marshall handled Charlotte 30-13.

Miami of Ohio beat Ohio last Wednesday for their first victory over the Bobcats since 2012.

Cincinnati beat USF 35-23 in sub-freezing temperature.

 Coastal Carolina was handled by Arkansas State 44-16.

Liberty played Virginia tough, but lost 45-24.

Georgia dominated Auburn 27-10. The Bulldogs looked better than the score indicted.

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