Saturday, May 18, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Collin McCarthy

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Collin McCarthy, a 6-7 240 DL from Jackson Memorial HS in NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article from today features McCarthy. Mentions UMass.

Also does Track and Field in the Discus and Shot put.

McCarthy has FBS offers from UMass and UConn. Also drawing interest from Temple, Pitt, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.

Friday, May 17, 2019

UMass Football News--May 17th, 2019


UMass has signed a six year contract with the Buffalo Bulls. Buffalo announcement here.

This is an excellent series with a Northeast opponent. It's an easy drive out the NY Throughway for Minutemen fans. Mrs Blog and I went in 2013 to see a cold and rainy loss during Molnar's second year.

Like UMass, the Bulls received a lot of snark when they went FBS and joined the MAC. No more. Buffalo went 10-4 last year with wins over Temple and Rutgers. The Bulls played Troy in the Dollar General Bowl.

UMass now has ten games scheduled for both 2021 and 2022. The Minutemen need at least one Power Five money game for both years.

The Buffalo News has a post on the series.

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Forbes has a number of intriguing games for early 2019. Mark Whipple's Pitt offense against UCF on Sept 21st is one of them.

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Dynasty League Fantasy Football updates their profile of Andy Isabella.

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ESPN says it's 100 days to college football in 2019.

CBS Sports has 100 things to get you excited about 2019.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Trace Trant


Trace Trant, a 6-0 210 pound LB from Tewksbury, MA will attend UMass as a PWO.

Hudl.com has video.

The Lowell Sun reports tough runs in the Trant Family.

This article from September of 2018 features Trant.

Linebacker is a position of need for the Minutemen.

UMass Football News--May 16th, 2019

The Sun lists Penn State's future non-conference schedule including the 2023 match against UMass.

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Athlon Sports lists Southern Illinois against UMass and one of 12 possible FCS upsets in 2019.

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Saturday Tradition says Rutgers fans should be nervous about the Scarlet Knights opener against the Minutemen.

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Victor Cruz says Andy Isabella is a player to watch.

Pro Football Talk reports the Cardinals are fired up about Isabella's speed.

The Cards rookie mini-camp roster including Bryton Barr.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

UMass Football News--May 15th, 2019

Josh Walfish has a post on UMass' plans to upgrade fan experience at McGuirk.

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Andy Isabella raves about Kyler Murray's passes.

Forbes.com says Arizona's new look at WR may be the path to success.

Hakeem Butler, the Cards other receiver pick, says he's fast too.

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Punter David Broncati flips to Rutgers from UConn. Also was drawing a lot of interest from UMass.

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The NCAA is talking about financially compensating college athletes.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Jared Cole

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Jared Cole. a 5-9 180 pound RB from Ashburn, VA has a UMass offer.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

USA Today has a post on the moves he showed at a recent combine.

MaxPreps has some stats.

UMass is Cole's first FBS offer.

UMass Football News--May 14th, 2019


UMass has announced the game themes for the 2019 home season. UConn for homecoming should be a hoot. BYU is a big time opponent.

The Minutemen should be competitive in five of the six games. It should be a entertaining home season for UMass fans.

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Rutgers picks up a commit from a three-star QB with a UMass offer.

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A 247Sports writer thinks Jack Driscoll, a UMass transfer to Auburn could have a chance in the NFL draft.

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AZ Central says there was nothing small about how Andy Isabella battled big schools.

The Revenge of the Birds reports Andy Isabella and Deionte Johnson took divergent paths to the NFL.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Olasunkonmi Agunloye

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Olasunkonmi Agunloye, a 6-6 242 pound strong-side defensive end from Lindenhurst, NY has a UMass offer.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from Saturday covers his visit to Rutgers.

Agunloye has FBS offers from UMass and Rutgers. He also has six FCS offers including UNH, Stony Brook and Villanova from the CAA.

Agunloye has FBS size and DE is a position of need for the Minutemen.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

UMass Football News--May 11th, 2019

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Martin G. Jacobson received an honorary Doctorate in Business at the UMass Commencement. UMass football will be forever in his debt.

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Bryton Barr joins Andy Isabella and Lee Moses at the Arizona mini-camp.

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A pseudonymous author on "Off Tackle Empire" goes on an epic rant  about Rutgers.

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Penn Live looks at the status of Penn State's transfers out including Jarvis Miller

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Andy Isabella and the other Cards rookies have signed their contracts.

AZ Central says fair or not, the careers of Josh Rosen and Andy Isabella will always be linked.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

UMass Football News--May 10th, 2019

Troy announces their 2020 schedule including a trip to UMass.

Eastern Michigan announces their 2022 non-conference schedule, which includes a home game against the Minutemen on October 1st.

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Andy Isabella's new QB signs with Arizona for $35 million.

AZ Central reports the Cards think Andy Isabella will provide the speed they need.

Cardinals WR coach David Raih describes Andy Isabella.

Cards Wire has three things Arizona fans may not know about Andy.

Arizona Sports says like Kyler Murray, Andy Isabella is an undersized underdog.

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NJ.com looks at Rutgers' concerns after Spring Ball.

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JUCO DT Demarcus commits to Indiana. Had three offers coming out of JUCO; UMass was one of them.

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Thursday, May 09, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2021--Zaire Angoy

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Zaire Angoy, a 6-3 335 pound DL from Irvington HS in New Jersey has a UMass offer.

This article from NJ.com says Angoy recently received an offer from Rutgers.

MaxPreps has stats.

Hudl.com has video.

Besides UMass, Angoy has offers from Rutgers, BC and Indiana.

UMass Football News--May 9th, 2019

Colorado announced that their 2021 game against UMass has been moved to 2028. This leaves the Minutemen with only 10 games in 2021. UMass will need at least one money game for that year.

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Saturday Tradition ranks the Big Ten's opening games from easiest to hardest.

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Revenge of the Birds has Andy Isabella a projected starter for the Cardinals.

AZcentral has who's in and who's out for the Cards wide receivers.

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AZcardinals get Kliff Kingsbury some weapons.

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Al.com says the Southeast is ruining college football.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--RaJae Johnson

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RaJae Johnson, a 6-4 200 pound WR from San Mateo College has a UMass offer.

247Sports four-star player.

247Sports has him as  #10 overall and #1 WR in the 2019 JUCO universe.

Rivals three-star.

Jackson Moore of 247Sports has a post on Johnson and reports he has UMass in his top seven.

Hudl.com has video.

Will be committing on May 31st.

Quote from Johnson in Moore's article:

Whatever school that I go to, every guy's dream is to get to the NFL, but I want to establish a legacy. I want to leave my mark in a positive way and show people who I am and what I stand for. All this time I've been doubted and underestimated.”

If he signs with the Minutemen, Johnson would always be remembered by UMass fans. He could make a lasting impact here.

UMass Football News--May 8th, 2019

Underdog Dynasty has three UMass players sign NFL deals.

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The Orlando Sentinel previews 2019 opponent Rutgers.

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The Cumberland Sentinel says Bryton Barr gets a taste of NFL life with the NY Giants.

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CBS Sports has a kinda minimal fantasy football preview of Andy Isabella.

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2021- Mikai Gbayor

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Mikai Gbayor, 6-2 210 pound OLB has a UMass offer.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Recently received an offer from Rutgers.

NJ.com has stats.

Besides UMass, Gbayor has Power Five offers from Rutgers, Cincinnati, Indiana and Kentucky.

UMass Football News--May 7th, 2019

US News ranks the first year coaches in FBS and thinks Walt Bell will get a statue if UMass makes bowl eligibility.

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2019 opponent Army adds UNLV to its future schedule. The Minutemen and the Black Knights start a series in 2019 that will extent to 2028.

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The Orlando Sentinel previews 2019 opponent Charlotte.

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Can Kansas' nightmare scholarship situation convince anyone to change the rules of recruiting?

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Monday, May 06, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Jada Byers

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Jada Byers, a 5-5 168 pound Athlete from St. Joseph's HS in Hammonton, NJ has a UMass offer.


Recently rated top RB in the Rivals Three Stripe camp. Note that the article also mentions UMass QB commit Brady Martin.

UMass commit Andrew Nee was also at the camp.




UMass is Byer's only FBS offer at this time.

Saturday, May 04, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Timothy Lawson

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Timothy Lawson, a 6-5 278 pound OT from fort Washington, MD has a UMass offer.

247Sports three-star player.

This article reports UMass is in his top-five along with Kentucky, NC State, West Virginia and Louisville.

Hudl.com has video.

Lawson is a top-100 OT nationally and UMass being in contention with four Power Five schools is good too. He'd be part of what seems to be a significant upgrade in UMass' front five.

UMass Football News--May 4th, 2019

SB Nation previews Coach Bell and the 2019 Minutemen.

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2019 opponent Army will receive the Commander-in-Chief's trophy Monday.

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College football injury reports could be make public this year.

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Friday, May 03, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Nigel Williams

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Nigel Williams, a 6-1 180 pound athlete from Richmond, VA has a UMass offer.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article updates his recruiting.

This article from October 2018 features Williams.

Besides UMass, Williams has FBS offers from UConn, Tulane and Virginia.

UMass Footbal News--May 3rd, 2019

UMass Football guardian angel Martin G. Jacobson will receive an honorary degree at the UMass Commencement.

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Athlon Sports has Andrew Brito as one of the top 12 QB transfers impact players for 2019.

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The Spectrum News mentions Marquis Young getting a invite to the Colts mini-camp.

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The Arizona Cardinals have a video interview of Andy Isabella after the NFL draft that is worth watching.

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Former UMass football play Patrick Amura is sentenced to five years after being convicted of rape.

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Thursday, May 02, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Jason Howard

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Jason Howard, a 5-9 165 pound athlete from Nottingham HS in New York has UMass interest.

MaxPreps page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article reports he won the long jump, 100 meters and 200 meters in the Syracuse City Track meet (mentions UMass).

Besides the Minutemen, Howard is attracting interest from BC, Villanova, UConn and Syracuse.

UMass Football News--May 2nd, 2019






Jake Largay is the latest UMass player to receive an invite to a NFL mini-camp.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on four former Minutemen who have earned mini-camp invitations.

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Josh Walfish reports UMass coaches stay in full recruiting mode.

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Former UMass player and coach Matt Dawson has been named HC at Tilton.

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Raising Zona has five plays that define Andy Isabella.

Mel Kieper, JR says all of the Cardinals draft picks will make the team.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

UMass Football News--May 1st, 2019

Josh Walfish says UMass made progress in coach Bell's first spring.

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UMass LB Bryton Barr has been invited to the NY Giants mini-camp.

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MassLive reports Andy Isabella thinks Arizona will be an awesome fit.

Arizona Sports says the Cardinals loved the work ethic and the speed of Isabella.

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Fenway Park will host a new bowl game in 2020. There will be 43 bowl games in 2020. Hopefully UMass will be able to have an association with with at least one of them.

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Former UMass assistant coach Bob Colbert joins a PA HS staff. Colbert was QB coach at UMass in 1996 and 1997.

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OT, but UMass recently hosted the third annual Women in Sports Media Symposium.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

UMass Football News--April 30th, 2019

BULLETIN,  BULLETIN,BULLETIN

A revised Spring football roster is up.

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The Orlando Sentinel previews 2019 opponent Coastal Carolina and ranks them #118.

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Future UMass OL Max Longman had a big week on his HS baseball team.

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Underdog Dynasty reports three UMass players receive pro football contracts.

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NFL Football.com fantasy football section ranks Andy Isabella high.

CBS Sports also ranks the Card's draft choices positively.

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Former UMass football player Patrick Amura was convicted of three counts of rape yesterday.

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I recently blogged about the UMass Large Millimeter Telescope being involved in the recent first ever imaging of a black hole.

This article from Business West.com has more information about the UMass Astronomy Dept's involvement in the effort and is well worth a read.

Monday, April 29, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Jack Melville


Jack Meville, a 6-2 195 pound Athlete from BC High in MA has Tweeted he'll play for UMass.

Hudl.com has video.

One of nine Bay State players to commit to UMass in this recruiting cycle.

UMass Football News--April 29th, 2019

Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle says Andy Isabella is eager to prove himself in the NFL.

Last word on the NFL gives Arizona an "A" for their 2019 draft.

Ohio.com reports the Cardinals loaded up on offense.

AZ Central has an in depth look at the Cardinals draft choices.

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A Sea of Red has projected depth chart for Liberty. Note that the Flames added former Maine RB Joshua Mack who led the FCS division in rushing in 2017.

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The Orlando Sentinel previews 2019 opponent Coastal Carolina and ranks them five notches above UMass.

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The Hampshire Gazette reports Lee Moses has been invited to the Cardinals camp and Marquis Young has an invite to the Indianapolis Colts.

Arizona Sports has a post on the Cardinals free agent signings including Lee Moses.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

UMass Football News--April 27th, 2019


The UMass website has a story on Isabella being drafted.

MassLive has UMass' Andy Isabella drafted in the second round.

CBS Sports reports the Cardinals used a pick acquired in the Josh Rosen trade to draft Andy.

Fan Sided says Arizona finished Day Two of the draft with a bang.

Cleveland.com reports Isabella was the #62 pick in the 2019 draft.

Cards Wire reports Arizona chose Andy in the  second round.

Josh Walfish says Isabella is the fourth UMass player to be drafted in the FBS era.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on 247Sports about Andy being drafted by the Cardinals.

SB Nation says the Cards are one of the drafts winners.

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Congrats to Andy on his selection. All that hard work payed off. Thanks also for all those highlights for UMass football. Hope you have an awesome career in the NFL.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Antonio Webb Jr

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Antonio Webb, Jr a 5-10 170 pound CB from Life Christian Academy in VA has a UMass offer.

247Sports page here.

Has UMass in his top five.

Hudl.com has junior highlights.

Webb has ten offers including Rutgers and Pitt from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--April 26th, 2019

Rotoworld draft profiles Andy Isabella.

The News-Herald says Isabella could make draft history for UMass.

USA Today has Isabella as one of the best players still available on Day Two of the draft.

MassLive reports Isabella bought a JUGS machine to keep working on his game after the Combine.

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Coach Bell says UMass coaches are recruiting all over the country.

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EA Sports inches its way back into college football.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Jeremy Martin joining the Minutemen

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Jeremy Martin, a 5-11 172 pound kicker/punter from Plymouth State has Tweeted he's joining the Minutemen.

Plymouth State bio here.

Youtube has Video.


UMass Football News--April 25th, 2019

New England Public Radio says Andy Isabella is a premiere option in the coming NFL draft.

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Josh Walfish reports UMass' Spring practice sheds light on the Minutemen's new era.

Josh also has a post on Andy Isabella's rise being enjoyed by his teammates.

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Athlon Sports looks at BYU's 2019 schedule including a road game at McGuirk.

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Penn State recruits Europe and reunites former UMass player and coach Brandon Collier and Sean Spencer.

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Liberty Blog "A Sea of Red" previews Liberty's 2019 schedule and predicts a Flames victory over UMass.

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The Dallas News reports an expansion in the college playoffs is unlikely in the near future.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

UMass Football News--April 24th, 2019

The Orlando Sentinel ranks UMass #124 in its 2019 FBS preview.

A couple of years ago one FBS source (Lindy's ?) ranked the Minutemen #130. Just after last season, around the first of December, I was thinking UMass might deserve a bottom ranking in 2019. Coach Bell's hiring and his convincing Isaiah Rogers and Bilal Ally to return plus a pretty good recruiting haul changed my assessment. I doubt we'll exceed last year's win total, but I believe things will improve in 2020. I'm having fun and I think the team is too. Things are trending up for UMass football and fans like us!

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on the many recruits UMass hosted for the Spring Game. Lots of good players in that bunch.

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The Daily Collegian has a nice story about Andy Isabella's journey through UMass.

MassLive.com says Isabella is tailor made for the Patriots.

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The Pike county News-Watchman has a post on JUCO offensive lineman Dalton Tomlison committing to UMass.

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The NCAA approves changes to the targeting and overtime rules for 2019.

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OT, but UMass will play National Champion Virginia in Hall of Fame tipoff tournament this fall.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Dalton Tomlison verbals to UMass


Dalton Tomlison, a 6-5 310 pound OL from Iowa Western CC has Tweeted he's committed to UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

Was ranked as a top-25 JUCO OG going into the Fall of 2018.

Coming out of high school, Tomlison had FBS offers from Akron, Bowling Green, UCF and Iowa State.


UMass Football News--April 23rd, 2019

Josh Walfish has UMass A.D. Ryan Bamford talking about McGuirk stadium upgrades, future football and basketball scheduling and more.

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Walter Villa looks at FIU's 2019 schedule including home game against UMass on October 5th. The Panthers also play New Hampshire this year.

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Southern Illinois play both of Coach Bell's schools this year as they meet UMass and Arkansas State.

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Sportsnaut.com has Andy Isabella as one of ten draft diamonds in the rough.

247Sports wonders if Andy Isabella could be the missing link in Denver's offense.

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UMass' game against Auburn on November 14th, 2020 marks a change in the War Eagles traditional schedule.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Jalen Berger


Jalen Berger a 6-0 187 pound RB from Ramsey, NJ recently visited UMass.

247Sports four-star recruit.

Hudl.com has video.

Syracuse.com has a post on Berger's recent visit to the Orange and some background.

Berger has 28 offers including BC, Temple, Rutgers and Syracuse from the Northeast. Berger is probably the highest rated recruit ever to visit Amherst.

Someday a recruit like this will figure out it would be good to be a big frog in a small pond.

UMass Football News--April 22nd, 2019

The Hampshire Gazette has some images from the Spring Game.

Howard Herman from the Berkshire Eagle has a report from the game.

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Ben Painchaud of the Daily Collegian reports the UMass defensive line is not concerned about its lack of size.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has interviews with 2020 offensive line recruits Dominik Behrens and Andrew Nee.

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CLNS Network says Andy Isabella isn't a typical slot receiver.

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 Andy gets a JUGS machine.

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The Orlando Sentinel reports fellow Independent and future opponent New Mexico State takes a big step back.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

UMass Football News--April 20th, 2019


Josh Walfish reports UMass will be playing real football including tackling during today's Spring game.

He also reports it'll be a big day for 2020 recruiting with a number of potential recruits in for the game. Josh also relates the Minutemen have commits from five recruits for 2020, which is one more than has been made public.

The way Josh phrases the potential use of the three or four remaining scholarships in 2019 indicates Bell is open to more transfers or JUCO players. Usually players look to transfer after their respective school's Spring game when they learn their position on the depth chart. I'd like to see all the additions land in defense, but offensive line is a position of need in 2019. See yesterday's blog post on my take.

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Underdog Dynasty profiles Andy Isabella.

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The Orlando Sentinel annually previews all 130 FBS teams and has UConn as #128.

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The Chronicle has updates from the Big Ten. UMass plays two big Ten opponents in 2019.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

UMass Football News--April 19th, 2019

A couple of quotes from Josh Walfish's Twitter feed.

"Also wants to re-iterate that will play real football Saturday, just need to structure it in a way that keeps the Minutemen healthy for the summer. Numbers are thin along lines right now."

Also:

" Just spoke with Walt Bell. He's not going to add a quarterback from the transfer portal. Sticking with the two new QBs he's bringing and using final 3 or 4 scholarships to address bigger needs on the roster."

For the first time in years I will be unable to go to the Spring game. I would encourage all local UMass fans to make the effort to to out and see the team. I really enjoyed the practice I went to and I think most fans will get a kick out of interacting with the players and coaches. It'll be interesting to see the new spread offense too.

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As to the second quote I would rank the Minutemen's needs for this year for the remaining scholarships as:

1. A defensive end. UMass did not have a pass rush in 2018 and coincidentally did not have a rush defensive end. They did recruit Xavier Gonsalves who will help. One of Bell's first recruits was DE Jaylin Bannerman, but one or both sides backed off on his coming to Amherst. UMass was next to last (#128) in the entire FBS division in sacks in 2018. For the Minutemen defense to improve we need a pass rush and some edge contain. Fixing the UMass defense will require more than one recruiting cycle, but a JUCO DE would probably make a measurable difference in 2019.

2. A running back. When Bell was hired, the Minutemen had no recruited running backs---as in zero. Bell was able to get Bilal Ally to return to the team and that would rank as one of his very best "recruits" this year. UMass also recruited three-star recruit Kevin Brown. Arkansas State where Coach Bell had his most success,  has five three-star running backs. We flat need more bodies in the offensive backfield.

3. A middle linebacker. UMass has not recruited a MLB in two years. Penn State transfer Jarvis Miller will likely start somewhere . In the practice I attended, UMass only  had about five or six linebackers on the field. The Minutemen need more size, speed and athleticism at this position.

4. A offensive lineman. Coach Bell has three OL recruits in the 2020 recruit class. Besides gray-shirt Helber Fagundes, who is already playing Spring Ball, UMass add freshmen Xavier Graham and Max Longman. Things will be better in 2020, but a JUCO or transfer offensive lineman would really help this year.

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Meanwhile, Rutgers is working on their passing game.

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Pro Football Focus thinks Andy Isabella could be a first round draft pick.

Andy is on Fan Sided's fifty player draft board for the Cleveland Browns.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

UMass Football News--April 18th, 2019

UMass football announces changes in the Spring game for Saturday.

Unfortunately, for the first time in years, I will not be able to attend. The revised event should be fun with a chance to interact with the players and the coaching staff. Maybe some blog reader will send us a report.

At the practice I attended, it was noticeable there were not a lot of players on the offensive and defensive lines. IMHO, there will be a higher than normal number of 2019 recruits who won't redshirt.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" also has a post on Saturday's event.

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Josh Wallfish reports freshman Kevin Brown is getting early experience with Bell's offense.

Brown's UMass bio.

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247Sports has a post on college football recruiting in Europe. Mentions former UMass player Brandon Collier.

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Besides football, UMass and Rutgers will also hook up in basketball this year.

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White Wolf Sports profiles Andy Isabella.

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Long time blog readers will remember I've been a amateur astronomer most of my life. The recent first ever imaging of a black hole was a major event in astronomy. The UMass Large Millimeter Telescope was part of the consortium that accomplished this feat. The UMass Media Relations office released a story about UMass' participation.

I've blogged about the University's Large Millimeter Telescope before.

YouTube video on how to understand the image of a black hole.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

UMass Football News--April 17th, 2019

Matty Vautour ranks the top ten UMass athletics moments in the last thirty years.

BTW, congrats to the Minutemen hockey team in their run to the National Championship game. Like the 1998 football team, nobody was expecting anything like this. I hope UMass hockey and the Minutemen hockey fans can keep it rolling next year and be competitive in the top end of Hockey East.

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Rutgers President Richard Barchi says 1-11 won't cut it for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers will try to improve that record starting with UMass on August 30th.

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Lewis Pro Football profiles BC DB Lukas Denis. His only real success last year was against UMass where he had a half a sack and a pick-six TD

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Three UMass 2020 OL recruits were in Amherst yesterday. I've blogged about Dominik Behrens, Andrew Nee and Ethan Mottinger before.

The UMass roster currently only has nine scholarship offensive linemen and two of them Ray Thomas-Ishman and Mike Yeradi are seniors.


At the practice I attended, the combo above was getting most of the work. RT Michael Sullivan, RG Mike Yeradi, C Jaylen Larry, LG Helber Fagundes and LT Larnel Colemen.

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The Browns local Pro Day was highlighted by Andy Isabella.

An audio interview of Andy who said it was always his dream to play in the NFL.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

UMass Football News--April 16th, 2019

When I attended practice the best catch I saw was from Zak Simon. He had a nice toe-tap inside the back of the endzone for a nifty catch.

Zac Simon
The wide receiver position is important  in the spread offense. Going into Spring ball UMass has some good players, but like every position this Spring there is not a lot of depth.

Brennon Dingle 12-9 GP-GS 19-269 14.2 AVE 2 TD's 37 long

Jesse Britt 4-0 GP-GS 11-118 10.7 AVE 1 TD 29 LONG

Sadiq Palmer 12-7 GP-GS 28-419 15.0 AVE 2 TD's 38 LONG

Zac Simon 10-2 GP-GS 15-238 15.9 AVE 2 TD's 67 LONG

Samuel Emilus 6-1 GP-GS 15-212 14.1 AVE 4 TD's 23 LONG

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247Sports has a draft profile of Andy Isabella.

Ohio.com reports Andy Isabella was one of the headliners in the Browns' local pro day.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

UMass Football News--April 15th, 2019

UMass QB's from the the practice I attended. Click on the image and Blogger displays a larger view.

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Randall West

Mike Fallon

Jaret Pallotta

Mike Curtis

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Seven stars from Rutgers Spring game.

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Cougar Sports Insider predicts BYU's wins and losses after Spring ball.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Andrew Nee comitts to UMass


Andrew Nee, a 6-4 288 pound OL from Cambridge, MA has Tweeted he's verbaled to UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from Northeast Football features Nee.

With the addition of Nee, the Minutemen now have four commits in their 2020 class. Three of the four are three-star recruits and Dominik Behrens will ranked after the Fall season too. All four are from the Bay State.

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Dominik Behrens verbals to UMass

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Dominik Behrens, a 6-5 310 pound OL from Williston Northampton/Hamburg Germany has Tweeted he's committed to UMass football.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

The Minutemen continue to make progress with local recruits. Behrens is a nice addition to the UMass OL.

Friday, April 12, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Dwayne Allick Jr.

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Dwayne Allick Jr, a 6-3 288 pound OL from DeMantha HS in MD has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star recruit.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from March features Allick.

Allick has Power Five offers from BC, Florida, LSU and Rutgers.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Oge Udeogu II

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Yesterday I blogged about Oge Udeogu, a 6-3 310 pound OG graduate transfer from Iowa State.

Reading between the lines of this article from today, it appears it's down to UMass and CMU.

With the Minutemen losing both starting guards this year, Udeogu could be an instant starter for UMass.

UMass Football News--April 11th, 2019

Patriots Wire reports Bill Belichick acknowledges slot receivers are trendy.

Pro Football Focus profiles Andy Isabella.

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247Sports has a post on the best and worst case scenarios for Big Ten teams including UMass opponents Rutgers and Northwestern.

In worst case, the Rutgers section says the Scarlet Knight should beat UMass and Liberty.

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Ex-Colorado LB Rick Gamboa, who got his start against UMass back in 2015 shines in a Broncos Pro-day.

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Interesting read by a 247Sports writer on the rise of the late-blooming offensive line prospect.

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BTW, good luck to UMass Hockey at tonight's Frozen Four game. Wonderful turnaround for the program. I'm happy for Minutemen hockey fans who have been loyal all these years.

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