Wednesday, September 18, 2019

UMass Football News--September 18th, 2019

Josh Walfish has news and notes from this week's UMass practices. Andrew Brito has received a waiver from the NCAA and will have three seasons of eligibility at UMass. DT Charlie Timite has left the team. Timite missed all last season with a unspecified medical issue. Coach Bell said his departure was not totally based on medical issues.

The Minutemen have been trying to redshirt freshman DL Cletus Mathurin, but Bell stated Mathurin might have to play some up to his redshirt limit, which I think is four games.

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The Daily Collegian says the UMass defense focuses on tackling before the game with Coastal Carolina.

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Coastal Carolina has their game notes for UMass up.

So does UMass.

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Meanwhile at UConn, Coach Edsall says he sees progress and the Huskies lose a QB for the season.

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In Akron, the winless Zips have offensive woes.

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The 1-2 FIU Panthers are also struggling on offense.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

UMass Football News--September 17th, 2019


Josh Walfish has three takeaways from the Charlotte game.

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The Charlotte Observer says the 49ers were impressive against UMass, but Clemson won't care.

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How Coastal Carolina kept the momentum going against Norfolk State.

The Chants Jayhawk pinata was the icing on the cake of their upset of Kansas.

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At Boston College, the student newspaper says fire the coach.

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The Miami Herald has four takeaways from FIU's win over New Hampshire.

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Hugh Freeze savors his first victory with Liberty as the Flames rout Buffalo.

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Northwestern gets ready for Michigan State.

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After beating #22 UCS, BYU moves on to #24 Washington.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

UMass Football News--September 19th, 2019

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the Charlotte game.

Mike mentions UMass CB Isaiah Rogers as a bright spot on the Minutemen defense. Rogers is #9 in the nation in punt returns after three games, averaging 17.8 yards per punt.

He's #18 in kickoff returns averaging 27.7 yards/kickoff.

UMass is #123 out of 130 teams in passing efficiency. The Minutemen are #126 in rushing defense 267.0 yards/game. UMass is #88 in rushing offense with 147.0 yards/game. NCAA stats here.

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Vegas Insider has Coastal Carolina a 16.5 point favorite over UMass.

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Keepers College football rankings has the Chants as 5.31 point favorite.

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Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle says don't hit the panic button yet about UMass football.

It's the first year of a turnaround. We will get better and I swear to God I'll rejoice when the daily trolls in my comment in-box are silenced. This year I use 'em for motivation in my powerlifting.

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Fan Sided wonders if losing to Coastal Carolina was the best thing for Kansas football?

They don't think so at BC Interruption.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

UMass Football News--September 15th, 2019

Well, UMass lost big again, but looked somewhat better doing it. I think the offense could be half decent if we had a QB, which so far, we do not.

Again we played a bunch of freshmen including DT Grant Laws, who saw his first action of the year.

Charlotte nearly doubled up on our offensive yardage 533 to 262. Brito had 18 completions, but only averaged 7.05 yards a catch. UMass was 3-14 on third downs and again only had one good offensive quarter.

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UMass write-up.

Charlotte's write-up here.

The Charlotte Observer said the 49ers started fast.

Josh Walfish reports a slow start doomed UMass.

The Berkshire Eagle reports UMass falls to 0-3 after a lopsided loss to Charlotte.

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Coastal Carolina ran past Norfolk State 46-7.

Central Michigan topped Akron 45-24.

FIU beat New Hampshire 30-17.

Louisiana Tech blew out Bowling Green 35-7.

Liberty handled Buffalo 35-17.

Army rushed for 340 yards in 31-13 win over UTSA.

Northwestern beat UNLV 30-14 for their first win of the season.

BYU upset #24 USC in overtime.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Game Day ---Charlotte 2019

All right, let's right the ship on offense. I'd like to see a lot more rhythm and less penalties from the offense. I'd like to see us run the rock and keep the ball in our position. I don't care who is at QB as long as he moves the team.

Let's improve. I'm a patient man, but last week was a mind-boggling low point. Cutting down on the mistakes and being able to execute the the offense would be a big help.

Go UMass.

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Josh Wlafish reports UMass hopes QB competition will solve the offensive woes at Charlotte.

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MassLive has how to watch the game on ESPN+

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UnderDog Dynasty previews the Minutmen-49ers game and predicts a 42-27 Charlotte win.

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Boston College was run over by Kansas (Yes, Kansas) at home as the Jayhawks snapped a 48-game road losing streak to Power Five opponents.

BC Interruption says nothing in the world make sense anymore. We feel your pain Boston College fans.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

UMass Football News--September 13th, 2019

The Boston Herald reports UMass visits Charlotte in search of its first victory.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the Minutemen-49ers game and predicts  a 49-21 Charlotte victory.

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247Sports says the Boston College game is a must win for Rutgers.

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Coastal Carolina meets Norfolk State.

Akron plays Central Michigan.

FIU plays New Hampshire. For the first time in 20 years New Hampshire will be without HC Sean McDonnell. He's out indefinitely  on medical leave.

Liberty plays Buffalo at home. The last time the Flames and the Bull played was in 1998, UMass' National Championship year.

Northwestern plays UNLV.

BYU gets ready for USC's passing attack.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

UMass Football News--September 12th, 2019

Josh Walfish reports UMass BUCK linebacker Shannon Junior II has quit the team. Junior's UMass bio.


The UMass two-deep has Chinedu Ogbonna as the backup. Ogbonna was a starter last year and I think he'll do well for the rest of the season. Junior's leaving does make the unit (linebackers) even more shallow than it was.

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Josh also has a post on true freshmen DL's Wilson Frederic and Billy Wooden. Frederic and Wooden's UMass bios. There's an old coaching saw that says you lose one game for every true freshman you start.

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The Daily Collegian reports the UMass defense is focusing on the details.

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Charlotte has their game notes for UMass up.

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Remember when the EU fined Microsoft three quarters of a billion dollars for including Windows Explorer free with Windows 7?

According to the analytics I get as blog owner, of the last 6,599 page views on the UMass football blog, 160 were by Windows Explorer.

The leaders were Safari 54% and Chrome 31% no other browser had more than 3%...

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

UMass Football News--September 10th, 2019

Josh Walfish reports QB competition is back.

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UMass has their game notes for Charlotte up.

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The Charlotte website points out the 49ers have been averaging over 40 points a game.

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A tailgating man at the game Saturday was arrested after throwing cans of beer into the crowd and hitting a police horse with a football.

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Andy Isabella returned kicks for the Arizona Cardinals during their Sunday game.

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UMass has added Bowling Green to its future schedules. The Minutemen will meet the Falcons in 2025 and 2026. UMass was 0-4 against Bowling Green while we were in the MAC.

On 09/20/2014 UMass and Bowling Green hooked up at McGuirk with Blake Frohnapfel throwing for an all-time UMass single game passing record of 589 yards. Pictures of the sold out McGuirk still appear in some UMass publications. Ross Comis has second place in the single game passing record book with his 540 yards against Liberty last year.

All future UMass schedules here.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on recruiting visitors during the Southern Illinois game.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

UMass Football News--September 10th, 2019

UMass is up to #24 in US News & World Report's annual ranking of the Top 130 public colleges and universities.

UMass has the best food.

The best graduate sports management program.

# 37 in number of patents awarded in the top-100 World Universities.

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The Berkshire Eagle reports after being routed by Southern Illinois, UMass football looks in the Mirror.

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Josh Walfish reports Coach Bell is still confident in UMass' future.

I am too. The only thing that will "fix" UMass football is recruiting. The 2020 class is likely to be the strongest in program history. "X's" and "O's" will only take us so far. We flat need bigger, more athletic people on defense.  The current state of the roster is Whipple's responsibility.

On the spectrum of people who bleed Maroon & White, I think I'm pretty high on the list (7594 posts on this blog for example) and losing makes me pretty miserable. There's no shortcut to success. We have to grind higher. Stay together and improve every day.

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Keepers college football ratings has Charlotte a nearly 23 point favorite over the Minutemen.

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Don Brown explains how a defensive yell saved Michigan against Army.

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Monday, September 09, 2019

UMass Football News--sptember 9th, 2019

Josh Walfish says the UMass offense is facing an identity crisis.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps one of the worst loses in UMass history.

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The Daily Collegian reports the Minutmen's home opener was a disaster.

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The Charlotte Observer says Charlotte and Appalachian State need to play more often.

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Vegas has Charlotte a 17 point favorite over UMass.

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The UConn Blog reflects on the Huskies close loss to Illinois.

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Army thought it would beat Michigan----and nearly did.

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Sunday, September 08, 2019

UMass Football News--August 8th, 2019






Well, it looks like a season in Purgatory for UMass fans this year. The UMass defense was taken apart by a Southern Illinois offense that looked bigger, faster and more athletic. The only cure is recruiting. I knew just every playmaker on a Minutemen defense that was in the bottom five in most defensive categories had graduated. It looked it against the Salukis. We may test UConn's negative defensive records when we meet BYU and Northwestern. But, that's life. Hit the recruiting trail and get better. Never quit.

The Stadium improvements looked great. The new video board looked good as did the new plaza. The new practice field will help this winter.

The offense never got into any sort of rhythm. I think Brito should start against Charlotte and see if he can jump start the offense. The Salukis got a lot of defensive pressure and that has to improve. We did not do much of anything  looked good on offense. I think the potential is there, but it did not show yesterday. Again, suck it up and get better. Go UMass.

Oh, the UMMB sounded great.

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MassLive reports UMass falls to Southern Illinois in the home opener.

The Berkshire Eagle said UMass was gashed by the Salukis.

The Southern reports Javon Williams led the Salukis.

Josh Walfish reports Coach Bell said it was a miserable time.

Josh also has a post on the UMass players and coaches response.

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UConn kept it close against Illinois.

Charlotte lost a shootout against Appalachian State.

Coastal Carolina scored their first ever win over a Power Five opponent with a 12-7 win over Kansas.

Akron was run over by UAB.

FIU lost to Western Kentucky at home.

Louisiana Tech held off an upset minded Grambling.

Army took Michigan to double overtime.

BYU took Tennessee to double overtime----and won.

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Saturday, September 07, 2019

Game Day--Southern Illinois 2019


The cloud cover is already broken up here in NH, so the weather should be fine by game time.

I'm looking for UMass to continue to run the rock. I exciting about seeing new RB's Cam Robinson and Kevin Brown play.

Looking for a crisper passing game with a continuation of spreading the receptions around.

On defense, we should be able to get some pressure on the QB against a FCS team. Better linebacker coverage when the defense rushes three men would be an improvement over last week.

The defense did force three turnovers last week. let's keep that going. West Virginia transfer Jordan Adams might be able to play and that will make the UMass defensive secondary even stronger.

I'm excited about hearing the UMass band and being back on the press box side of the stadium.

Let's go UMass!!

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Josh Walfish reports the inexperienced UMass secondary learns lessons from the Rutgers game.

The Berkshire Eagle says UMass returns home to face SIU.

Click on Detroit has some ATS and over-and-under factoids for the Saluki-Minutemen game.

The Worcester Telegram has a mention of Cole McCubrey's team-leading ten tackles against Rutgers.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the Southern Illinois game.

The Southern reports both UMass and Southern Illinois feature rookie starters under center.

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Up here in Milford, NH Comcast is showing the game available on NESN+

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Friday, September 06, 2019

UMass Football News--September 6th, 2019


UMass will play at Texas A&M on November 19th, 2022. The Minutemen will receive $1.7 million for the trip. Visiting the Aggies would be a nice trip for UMass fans. Remember the Texas A&M student section stands the entire game in case one of them is called to join the team.

UMass will also move the previously scheduled 2022 game against Boston College to a future year and add Stony Brook from the CAA in order to add another home game to the '22 season. The Minutemen are 4-0 against the Sea Wolves all-time.

Josh Walfish has a post on the scheduling moves.

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The Boston Herald reports Isaiah Rogers and UMass are eager for their home opener against Southern Illinois.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the UMass-Southern Illinois game.

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Former UMass QB James Sosinski has had a well-traveled career.

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CBS Sports has UMass #19  in their bottom 25.

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Besides the improvements to McGuirk this season, the Amherst campus has a number of renovation projects going on.

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The Bleacher Report predicts a 37-24 Minutemen victory over the Salukis.

The College Sports Journal predicts a 38-17 UMass victory.

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The Miami Herald predicts a FIU 52-17 victory over UMass when they meet  in Miami.

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Thursday, September 05, 2019

UMass Football News--September 5th, 2019

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Josh Walfish reports on new UMass WR "OC" Johnson who intends to improve each game.

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The Berkshire Eagle says UMass is all about improving the details this week.

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The Daily Collegian reports the Minutemen are focusing on pace, explosiveness and intensity.

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Keepers College Football Ratings has UMass a 2.5 point favorite over Southern Illinois.

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The Herald Extra has the Minutemen #10 out of 12 BYU opponents in power ratings.

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The UConn Blog looks at the results of the Huskies 2019 opponents in game #1 of the season.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

UMass Football News--September 4th, 2019

The Southern Illinois website has game notes for the Minutemen game. Saluki HC Nick Hill was the starting QB for Southern Illinois in their 2007 victory over Don Brown's UMass team. Hill passed for 216 yards and three TD's against the Minutemen defense. That was the last time UMass would appear in the FCS playoffs. Liam Coan passed for 421 yards, but could not complete the comeback after the Salukis jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the first quarter.

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The Daily Collegian says the UMass secondary seeks consistency against Southern Illinois.

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Josh Walfish reports game tape reveals some missed opportunities for the Minutemen last Saturday.

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The Southern reports the Salukis' 2006 upset win over Indiana makes the list of the Missouri Valley Conference's all-time upset list.

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UMass athletes getting it done in the classroom. Click on the image and Blogger displays a larger view.

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UMass' September 14th visit to Charlotte is sandwiched between the 49ers playing Appalachian State and Clemson.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

UMass Football News--September 3rd, 2019

 UMass has their game notes up for Southern Illinois.

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Saluki HC Nick Hill looks ahead to the UMass game.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the Rutgers game.

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The Boston Herald reports Coach Bell finds positives in the Minutemen's opening loss.

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UnderDop Dynasty says UMass and UConn should play twice a year.

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Young Minutemen. UMass had 16 out of 53 players at Rutgers who were playing their first ever game for the Minutemen. That's 30.1%. In addition, there were a number of players like Brian Abosi (two career appearances) and Melvin Hill (one career appearance) who had minimal playing time prior to Saturday.

Starters:

10-O.C. Johnson WR
35- Shannon Junior II BUCK
2-Jarvis Miller WILL
5-Donte Lindsey CB

 12-WALLACE, Josh, 1-BRITT, Jessie, 13-BOWE JR., James, 23-NESMITH, Michael, 4-DINGLE, Brennon,12-BRITO, Andrew, 16-JOHNSON, Josiah, 17-OGBONNA, Chinedu, 18-EDWARDS, Taylor, 19-EMILUS, Samuel,20-CHERRELUS, Claudin, 23-ROBERSON, Cam, 28-LEWIS, Justin, 30-CAGGIANO, Mike, 31-DARBY, Logan, 33-RUANE, Mike,34-BROWN, Kevin, 37-GARCIA, Cooper, 39-NARDI, Dante, 42-WOODEN, Billy, 54-WEIR, Johnathon, 55-FREDERIC, Wilson,60-MOULTON, Timothy, 67-TOMLISON, Dalton, 68-FAGUNDES, Helber, 73-DITOMMASO, Chris, 80-TURNER, Javon,82-HILL, Melvin, 88-GEORGOPOULOS, George, 90-DECKERS, Evan, 92-WASHINGTON, Caeleb

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Monday, September 02, 2019

UMass Football News--September 2nd, 2019

The UMass website has a list of fan activities for the Southern Illinois game.

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Josh Walfish reports Coach Bell called an aggressive game on Saturday.

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On the Banks has the good, the bad and the ugly from Rutgers win over UMass.

247Sports reports on what went well for Rutgers and what did not go so good. Mentions UMass' 186 yards on the ground and the three INT's by the Minutemen secondary.

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The Berkshire Eagle says there was some good and some bad in the Minutemen's loss to Rutgers.

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The Southern reports the Salukis' defense continues to struggle in 2019.

The Arrow has an image gallery of SEMO's win over Southern Illinois.

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Charlotte's HC Will Healy goes shirtless after the 49ers win over Gardner-Web.

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Although we lost handily to Rutgers Saturday, UMass does not even register on the level of Tennessee's misery index.

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Coastal Carolina's football team evacuates their campus ahead of hurricane Dorian.

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Northwestern lost their opening game against Stanford and they also lost a QB and the starting RB.

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Sunday, September 01, 2019

UMass Football News--September 1st, 2019

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Josh Walfish has a Twitter post on Michael Nesmith being ejected for targeting.

I'm all for protecting the players for injury, but currently the targeting rule presents some difficulty for the defensive player. What does he do if the opposing player ducks? Basically, all the offensive player is presenting is his helmet. The defensive player can't make contact with the helmet with anything: shoulder pad, arm or his helmet. Once he commits, he does not have any legal choice for a tackle.

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One thing that did not go well for the Minutemen defense Friday was when UMass only rushed three men. It seemed as if Rutgers was able to get a receiver open with ease with that play. Linebacker coverage did not go well for UMass and I would think that would be something that will be addressed while watching film this week.

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Two new players on the UMass defense were the only two to have tackles for loss at Rutgers. Charly Timite had 1 YFL for -4 yards and he also recorded the only Minutemen sack, again for -4 yards. Johnathan Weir also has 1 TFL for -1 yards.

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Syracuse shut out Liberty 24-0.

Northwestern lost a grind-it-out game to Stanford 17-7. The Wildcats managed only 210 total yards.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

UMass Football News--August 31st, 2019

Well, we had a bad second quarter, but I still liked some of what I saw. First, we averaged 5.5 yards a carry against a Big Ten team. Cam Robinson and Bilal Ally did a good job carrying the rock. UMass had 186 yards rushing for the night.

The passing game did have nine different receivers catch a pass. Neither Randall West or Andrew Brito looked really dialed in during their first game. 121 passing yards was not enough to balance the rushing attack. O.C Johnson looked like a find in his first game for the Minutemen. Overall the offensive line played pretty good against a big Rutgers defense.

The UMass defense looked out-manned in the second quarter (and they were), but the defense only allowed 13 points in the second half and did not quit. The defense did have 3 INT's One Rutgers TD was the result of UMass going for it on fourth down at their own 31.

Isaiah Rogers had three nice kickoff returns and two INT's.

The Minutemen did get some tough breaks as that punt clearly touched a Rutger's player. That would have broken up the Scarlet Knight's momentum in the third quarter. The onside kick also should have worked.

I knew the defense was going to work in progress in 2019. The offense showed some good things and I need to remember we were playing a Big Ten team.

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UMass write-up on the game.

NJ.com said Rutgers rolled after an upset scare.

Josh Walfish reports UMass faded after a quick start.

Josh also has Cam Robinson looks good during his game at running back.

The Daily Collegian said defensive struggles sank the Minutemen.

The Berkshire Eagle reports UMass faded after a hot start.

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Army managed only 284 total yards in hard-fought win over Rice.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Game Day Rutgers --- 2019


What I'm looking for this evening:

A quarterback. The spread is supposed to be about the system. Even against a Big Ten defense, I'm looking for UMass to move the ball. Our wide receivers are, I believe, the strongest and deepest unit on our club. Instead of the Andy Isabella home run ball, I'd like to see drive-extending catches. I'd like to see Randall West be in control of the offense. No bad balls, no turnovers.

I'm looking for a semblance  of a running game. UMass is really thin at RB, but we need more than around 2 yards a carry. I'm looking for some push from the offensive line when we run. If we can run the ball some, UMass could make the Scarlet Knights sweat tonight.

On defense: did anyone notice we had a Freshman PWO (Johnathan Weir) in the Rutger game two-deep? That pretty much shows how blown up our defensive roster was after last year. Nothing against Weir, he seems like a tough, determined kid (see the next paragraph)and I hope he has a great career at UMass, but DC Amdul-Rahim has maybe one or two players that a Big Ten coach would look at.

Just before I went on vacation I was watching the UMass-Georgia game on DVR while on the treadmill in my basement. Instead of watching Andy Isabella running around in Georgia's back field, I just watched the defensive series. Nobody from the Minutemen defense looked excited about colliding with the Bulldogs' 6-3 230 pound QB. Mostly we were trying to arm grab him as he went by. UMass would punt the ball to the Georgia 28 yard line and two rushing plays later the Bulldogs would be on the UMass 30.

I'd like for UMass to fly to the ball. I'd like to see professional writers describe the UMass defense as "scrappy". I'd like to see we have a DL other than just Jake Byczko. I'm looking for spirit and toughness on defense.

Let's give the Scarlet Knights a hard time.Go UMass!!!

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UPDATE: Mass goes with the all-whites and the script "umass" tonight. We had our biggest win ever with that combo...

How to watch the UMass-Rutgers game if you don't have cable.

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Josh Walfish has a post on how adversity molded QB Randall West.

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Rutger blog "On the Banks" previews the Scarlet Knights-Minutemen game.

McLane Carter named QB starter for Rutgers.

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MassLive reports first year coach Walt Bell set to lead UMass into a new season.

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The Boston Herald says UMass braces for a battle with Rutgers.

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The Berkshire Eagle reports the Minutemen hit to road to Rutgers.

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UConn needed a truly terrible call in the last two minutes of last night's game to avoid a upset by Wagner.

SIU gave up 30 unanswered points in falling to SEMO.

Charlotte won big over Gardner-Webb 49-28.

FIU got whacked by Tulane 42-14.

BYU lost to rival Utah 30-12.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

UMass Football News--August 29th, 2019

Josh Walfish has the UMass two-deep on his Twitter feed. On the two-deep:

  • I don't think the depth chart matters much with the WR's. Would like to see Randall West go 24-31 289 yards with completions to eight different receivers on Friday night.
  • Eleven FR or RSFR in the defensive two-deep! Lots more to come in 2020.
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Josh also has the Minutemen get creative with running back depth. Josh mentions speedy Cam Robinson 5-11 190 JUCO WR will see some reps at RB.

Arguably, the difference between Whipple I and Whipple II was  Steve Baylark and Marcel Shipp. One big litmus test against Rutgers will be the rushing totals. I would like to see more that 100 yards rushing against what was a decent Scarlet Knight defense in 2018. If we run 21 times and average 2.1 yards a carry, then we'll need a lot of recruiting work going forward.

Josh also has family steals the show at Fall training camp.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts has a preview of the Rutgers-UMass game and predicts a 41-27 Scarlet Knights win.

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We have a hype video!

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The Knight Report previews the Rutgers-UMass game.

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USA Today covers guarantee games cover much more than money. Mentions UMass-Rutgers.

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NJ. com has story lines from Rutgers football.

247Sports reports on ten potential breakout players for the Scarlet Knights in 2019.

Rutgers is dealing with a depleted TE position for the UMass game.

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UConn opens tonight against Wagner. You can watch it on ESPN3.

Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant says the Huskies need to blow out Wagner.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

UMass Football News--August 28th, 2019

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Josh Walfish says it's Randall West as the starting QB.

West reflects on his senior season.

The Berkshire Eagle reports Randall West has been named starting QB.

The Daily Collegian says West won the QB competition.

Congrats to Randy! He seems a mature, sensible kid  who had to wait a long time for his chance. We'll be rooting for him Friday to have a breakout game.

West's UMass bio.
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UMass Drum line's 2018 cadence. Turn your speakers up! I'm ready for some football!

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The UConn Blog previews the Huskies 2019 game against UMass.

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NJ.com interviews Coach Bell about Jersey players and preparing for Rutgers.

NJ.com reports a Jersey guy will start at QB against the Scarlet Knights.

A NJ.com writer says Rutgers should win Friday's game by "at least three TD's"

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The Boston Globe says UMass is aiming for a turnaround with Coach Bell.

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The Rutger blog "On the Banks has a podcast on the UMass game.

A couple of On the Banks writers think the Minutemen make them "nervous".

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UMass announces new fan experiences for the 2019 season. New Video board, new auxiliary board, Minutemen Club inside the stadium and lots more.

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A Rutgers TE suffers a "serious injury in practice.

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Southern Illinois - Southeast Missouri will be played tomorrow and video will be available here (I think).

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

UMass Football News--August 27th, 2019




UMass unveils the 2019 uniforms. Image gallery here.

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

I like 'em. The "Massachusetts" is similar to hockey jerseys (I think). The script "u" was worn by the
team from 1993 to 2002. It was designed by the coaches of that era. Let's get better before we wear anything fancy. I like the traditional Maroon jersey and white pants for home. I like the all-whites for road work. During our National championship run the Minutemen wore white jerseys and maroon pants on some of the road playoff games.

To the right is the 1993-2003 helmet.

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The 2019 edition of the UMass record book is up on the Minutemen web site.

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CBS Sports has a post on the slate of games on college football's first weekend. Quote from the article:

"Walt Bell is the man to lead the Minutemen to new heights: A long way of saying I think UMass can make its season opener against Rutgers way more competitive than any Rutgers fan wants. Bell is a first-year head coach with a young staff looking to shake things up at a tough place to win, so let's see if he can make the Scarlet Knights sweat a little bit in Piscataway. -- Chip:"

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Josh Walfish reports Coach Bell with announce the starting QB today.

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The Berkshire Eagle says the Minutemen are entering game prep.

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The UConn blog previews their 2019 game with UMass.

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Mike Traini also has an interview with Notre Dame transfer Noah Boykin. He'll likely sit out this year, but he should see a lot of playing time in the future.

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Rutgers coach Chris Ash talks about his QB situation and game prep for UMass.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

UMass Football News--August 26th, 2019




Mike Curtis reflects on his senior year.

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Josh Walfish reports the message of Coach Bell and his staff is resonating with recruits.

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The Berkshire Eagle says the UMass starting QB spot is going down to the wire.

Same deal at Rutgers.

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247Sports has college football's Week #1 TV schedule.

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The Herald has game predictions for BYU entire 2019 season.

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The Ashbury Park Press looks at how Rutgers students will reenact the first college football game prior to Friday's UMass-Rutgers tilt.

The Scarlet Knights acquire a transfer punter.

The Knight Report also takes a run at predicting the Scarlet Knights season.

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Inside NU predicts Northwestern's season. Everybody agrees UMass is a "lock".

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

UMass Football News--August 25th, 2019

With the verbal of three-star LB Nahji Logan, UMass now has 17 recruits for 2020. Sixteen of the recruits are rated three-star. I'm pretty sure that's a Minutemen record. Besides the number of recruits, the overall recruiting ranking in relation to other FBS teams is also a record high. This bodes well for the future.

I'm hoping for a competitive game Friday against Rutgers. However they are a Big Ten team, but the 2020 recruiting makes me think the future is bright.

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Rutgers will have a large contingent of potential recruits on hand for the Scarlet Knights-Minutemen contest Saturday. Maybe the recruits will look at UMass too...

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Sports Chat Place picks Rutgers to get a "comfortable" win over UMass Saturday and beat the spread.

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The Lynchburg News and Adventure reports Liberty looks to improve its defense in 2019. Talks about the UMass-Liberty game last year that UMass won in overtime.

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On the Banks has five big questions for Rutgers as they start their season against UMass.

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UConn announces a two-game series with Boston College in 2022 and 2023.

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UMass Football Recruiting 2020--Nahji Logan verbals to UMass


Nahji Logan, a 6-3 217 pound OLB from Horsham, PA has Tweeted he's committed to UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from PennLive.com has some info about Logan and his commit to UMass.

Chose UMass over FBS offers from Temple, Akron and Bowling Green. UMass needs players in the front seven. Logan has the frame to play DE or LB.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

UMass Football News--August 24th, 2019

I'm back. When they said "rustic" up in Cape Breton National Park, they weren't kidding.

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The latest edition of the 2019 roster is up.

UMass announces the home broadcast team for UMass Football. Josh Maurer returns as well as Adam Goldstein and Adam Breneman and Brandon London. That should be an excellent group!

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Ray Thomas-Ishhman is named to the Senior Bowl watch list. Ray is playing guard this year. It's his natural position and we all hope he has a strong senior year. He's come a long way and I would not be surprised if he was a free agent in the NFL draft and then makes the development squad of some pro team.

Three Rutgers players make the Senior Bowl watch list.

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Josh Walfish has a post on Larnel Coleman and Ray Thomas-Ishman anchoring the left side of the 2019 UMass offensive line.

Josh also says the Minutemen starting OL will be

LT Larnel Coleman 6-7 300
LG Ray Thomas-Ishman 6-5 320
C Jaylen Larry 6-3 280
RG Mike Yeradi 6-4 320
RT Brian Abosi 6-8 300

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Josh also has a feature on the return to Western Massachusetts of native son Jason Tudryn.

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Off Tackle Empire does a Q and A with me about UMass' 2019 foray into the Big Ten.

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The Berkshire Eagle says UMass wraps up camp, prepares for Rutgers.

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NJ.com reports who will start for UMass at QB is still under wraps.

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The Herald ranks UMass #10 in anticipated games for the BYU Cougars in 2019.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

UMass Football News--August 19th, 2019

The Blog will be off line until August 23rd. Mrs Blog and I are continuing our Nova Scotia vacation up at Cape Breton National Park at a "rustic" cabin with no telephone or Wi-Fi. I should be back after that as we move down to Digby for the last stage of the trip.

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Rutgers students will reenact the first college football game between Rutgers and Princeton before the UMass-Rutgers game on August 30th.

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Scarlet Nation looks at the first two opponents in Rutgers' season---UMass and Iowa and thinks the Minutemen are the closest thing to a guaranteed win in 2019.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" points out UMass now has 15 three-star recruits for 2020. That's good for the #2 rank in the Independents, slightly ahead of BYU. Recruiting usually takes about two years to show up in the win-loss column, but this is much better than the last two years of Whipple's tenure. Top Group-of-Five teams typically recruit in the high teens to low twenty's in three-star recruits. Coach Bell still has some scholarships to give for the 2020 cycle. Better days should be coming for the battered psyche's of UMass fans.

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The Hartford Courant says there are a lot of opportunities available for freshmen at UConn football.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019

UMass Football News--August 17th, 2019


The new UMass practice field turf is in. This is going to be a big aid to the program when the practice bubble is available in the Winter.

The UMass Football Twitter account has aerial video of the new field. I gotta get a drone...

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Josh Walfish reports that sophomore DB Joseph Norwood is on the rise for Minutemen defense. Senior safety Martin Mangram has also returned to UMass to work on his Master's degree. Mangram is a number of players who have returned to the Minutemen program after Coach Bell was named to head the team.

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The Rutgers QB battle to decide who will start against UMass is still ongoing.

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TE Charles Finney, a TE with a UMass offer, commits to West Virginia.

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The Boston Herald looks at the upcoming season in Massachusetts HS football including Lawrence Academy with UMass-bound QB Brady Martin.

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Sporting News comments on Andy Isabella's TD catch (scroll down ).

The News-Herald also has a post on Andy's catch.