Thursday, May 19, 2022

UMass Football Recruitinging 2023--UMass re-offers Zyian Moultrie-Goddard

 

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Zyian Moultrie-Goddard, a 6-2 225 pound LB from Iona Prep in NY has been re-offered by Coach Brown's staff.

I previously blogged about Moultrie-Goddard back in June of 2021.

Hudl.com has Junior highlights. 

247Sports three-star player

Scheduled to take an OV to Syracuse. 

Moultrie-Goddard has 16 offers including Army, Navy, Buffalo and Syracuse from  the Northeast. In Amherst, he can play for one of the best defensive minds in college football.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

UMass Football News--May 18th, 2022

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

I agree the running back depth should be much improved in 2022. The Minutemen went into 2021 with just two scholarship running backs Ellis Merriweather and Kay'Ron Adams. This year the RB room adds Louisville transfer Greg Desrosiers, Indiana transfer Tim Baldwin and true freshman Donta Whack.

Five scholarship RB's puts UMass where most Group-of-Five teams reside. Coach Brown said a number of times he wanted the Minutemen to be a "run first" offense. We are a bad weather team and a power running game would help.

The Minutemen have not really had a unquestioned QB starter since Andrew Ford graduated. I would think JUCO transfer Gino Campiotti or Zamar Wise would be the best fit to jump start the UMass offense. 

Not much could be said about the Minutemen wide receivers. We did not have a passing game in 2021 and basically, for the last half of the season, only threw when we absolutely had to. The wide receivers could surprise if we had someone to get them the ball.

The other critical unit on offense is the offensive line. When was the last time we had a three or four year starter? When did we last have a first team MAC or Independent offensive lineman? A cohesive effective OL would go a long way towards restoring an effective running or passing game.

Our defensive woes were well known, but we finished #126 in scoring and #125 in total offense. Even Coach Brown's most killer defense would not make up for that level of offense.

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The Palm Beach Post ranks Coach Brown #3 out of the 29 head coach hires for 2022.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

UMass Football News--May 17th, 2022

 According the the Sports Illustrated's computer, the worst projected team for 2022 is----New Mexico
State.

The Aggies had a OL sign a free agent contract with the Saints. 

New Mexico State has a tough 2022 schedule featuring games at Minnesota, at Wisconsin and at Missouri. They play at UMass on October 29th. 

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With a 12 team college playoff rejected, Yahoo Sports says the SEC will continue to crush other leagues.

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College football magazines should be out mid-June...

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Monday, May 16, 2022

UMass Football News--May 16th, 2022

 WGGB has a post on Bryce Watts reflecting on his journey to the NFL.

Heavy.com has a post on "the best corner in the draft". 

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UConn offers a four-star RB. 

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2022 opening opponent Tulane gets a graduate transfer. 

Redshirt QB Kai Horton was the star of the Green Wave's Spring game.

Tulane's HC recaps their Spring game. 

The Green Wave has a tough 2022 schedule including Cincinnati, Houston and Kansas State. Tulane went 2-10 in 2021, but played a creditable game against Cincinnati and lost by only five against Oklahoma.

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

UMass Football Blog News--May 15th, 2022

 Mrs Blog and I will be traveling this week. I'm not sure about the internet availability at our lodging. If there is, I'll try to keep the blog going as usual.

If not, the blog will be back up on this coming Friday.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

UMass Football News--May 14th, 2022

 During the last Grid Iron Club Zoom meeting Coach Brown made the following comments concerning 2022 recruiting:

  • UMass recruited 13 true freshmen.
  • The Minutemen will add 18 players from the transfer portal
  • 2 of the incoming players will grayshirt
  • 50% of the incoming players were in for Spring ball
  • Another 16 will arrive in Amherst from May to June 1st
  • Three offensive linemen will be in the May to June group and that will bring the roster total to 19 OL (which is a far cry from the seven that were available for the 2020 practice I attended).

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Eric King, an OG with a UMass offer, will take an official visit to Syracuse.

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Off Tackle Empire comments on Indian Coach Bell's offense.

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UMass makes an offer to a speedy WR.

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247Sports predicts the 10 worst college football teams for 2023. We're only third worst in this take.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

UMass Football Recruiting 2023--Christian LeBrun commits to UMass

 

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Christian LeBrun, a 6-0 215 pound Safety from Avon Old Farms, Ct has verbaled to UMass.

247Sports three star player.

Hudl.com has video

Brian Dohn of 247Sports made the prediction LeBrun would commit to UMass.

LeBrun chose UMass over multiple Power Five offers. He will have a lot of fun and playing time in Coach Brown's blitz-happy defense.