Wednesday, August 15, 2018

UMass Football News--August 15th, 2018

Josh Walfish has two experienced quarterbacks leading the UMass offense.

It would be nice if they can integrate Comis into the offense. If he came in on third-and-seven, the opposing defense could not be sure UMass would pass.

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Mike Traini continues his position review with the defensive secondary.

If the Minutemen stay health, the defensive secondary should be one of the strongest units in 2018. The safety position is deep and I really like the UMass corners Lee Moses and Isaiah Rogers.

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Yesterday's live Facebook presentation by UMass A.D. Ryan Bamford is here.

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The UMass Football Twitter feed has video on the Minutemen linebackers.

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The UMass-BYU game will kick off at 12:00 Noon on November 10th.

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Eleven Sports and NESN will televise UMass Football in 2018.

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The Lynchburg News & Advance previews Liberty's opponent UMass.

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A Saturday Down South writer previews Georgia's 2018 schedule and says the UMass game won't be close.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

UMass Football News--August 14th, 2018

Josh Walfish has lessons learned during the first two week of UMass' Fall camp.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a defensive front seven position review.

Mike points out several UMass DL, three in fact, are over 300 pounds. DaVonn Hall, Chris DiTommasso and Mario Patton are all over 300.

The latest version of the roster also lists Almost Titi 6-3 275 and Burnis Brown 6-1 295. The Minutemen should have at least seven DL who could play.

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The UMass Twitter feed has video on new players in the special team units.

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Underdog Dynasty thinks UMass is optimistic about playing in a bowl.

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Every UMass home game will be live streamed by Flo Football.

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Excel Sports Academy looks to develop football talent in Western Mass.

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Duquesne Football has a video report from the Dukes first two weeks of camp.

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HERO Sports says Ohio's Nathan Rouke is the best player wearing #12 in the country. Includes a video snip of him playing against UMass.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

UMass Football News--August 13th, 2018


New Adidas uniforms for the UMass cheerleaders. UMass Cheer Twitter is here.

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USF wants another year of success without being mistaken for UCF.

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The Hartford Courant breaks down UConn's season and rates each opponent. It rates the difficulty level of the game against UMass as "low".

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Jackson Porter is on the roster of the Baltimore Ravens.

Validmir Ducasse is starting his 9th year in the NFL.

Elijah Wilkson is starting his second year with the Broncos.

Tajae Sharpe starts his third year with the Titans.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

UMass Footbal News --August 12th, 2018

Cougar Sports Insider ranks Andrew Ford #6 in BYU opposing QB's rating.

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Speaking of BYU, they're trying to stay focused.

The Cougars want to improve their running back unit.

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Ohio sets its sights on the MAC championship.

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USF unveils their new Adidas uniforms. The Bulls should be wearing the white version when they visit McGuirk.

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Defensive improvement is vital for Liberty's first FBS season.

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Saturday Down South lists four teams that could upset Georgia in 2018. UMass is not one of them.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

UMass Football News ---August 11th, 2018

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Josh Walfish has a post on George Georgopoulos being the designated starter at punter for the Minutemen this year.

Georgopoulos is 6-2 225 and the only listed punter on the current roster.

UMass has four kickers on the 2018 roster

Mike Caggiano RSJR 1-3 career in field goals. 14 GP 57-3383 yards 59.4 AVE 8 TB 3 OB in kickoffs.

Cooper Garcia JR. Lindy's Football Magazine picked Garcia at the top newcomer for UMass in 2018. At Ventura College Garcia went 59-59 in EP and 15-20 in FG's in 2017.

Evan Padilla RSFR. Redshirted his freshman year.

Theo Yongue RSSR. Has not played in his UMass career.

The Minutemen have three long snappers on the roster.

Peter Comaroto RSJR. DNP in 2017. Was listed has the #2 LS in the December 2017 two-deep.

Harry Blair RSFR. Redshirted in 2017.

Evan Deckers FR.

I would think the starting punter job is Georgopoulos' to lose. The kicking position is between JUCO Cooper Garcia and Mike Caggiano. Evan Deckers was a highly-rated recruit and at 6-3 250 he could help in kicking coverage.

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Mike Traini Tweets one third of the Canadian recruits have finally arrived in Amherst.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

UMass Foothball News--August 10th, 2018

The UMass Football Twitter feed has a video on the offensive line. Coach Foley praises Larnel Coleman, who is 6-7 and now over 300 pounds. He will probably take over the LT spot.

So the starting OL could be:

RT Larnel Coleman 6-7 300

RG Lukas Kotler 6-4 315

C Derek Dumais 6-4 330

LG Jake Largay 6-4 335

LT  Ray Thomas-Ishman 6-5 350

That's a big offensive line.

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UMass announces beer and wine will be available at McGuirk this year.

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Fan Sided site "Chowder and Champions" says UMass is set to have it's best FBS season.

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Josh Walfish reports a trio of players look to replace Adam Breneman at TE

Taylor Edwards is up to 6-4 255.

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Coastal Carolina, who beat UMass last year and then went on to lose nine straight games (sigh) looks to improve in 2018.

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

UMass Football News--August 9th, 2018

Blog Note: I'll be away from home tomorrow morning. There will be no blog update until Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.

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The UMass Twitter feed has video about Minutemen RB coach Darrius Smith talking about the development of the UMass running backs.

In 2018 UMass returns:

Marquis Young 6-1 215 36 GP 531-2840 20 TD's 95 LONG 5.3 AVE 78.9 y/game. Young is currently 6th in all-time rushing yards. He needs 47 yards to pass Frank Alessio and 1,047 yards to pass Garry Pearson. He's tied for 10th in career TD's and 6th in yards/rush. His yards/game puts him 5th ahead of Jerome Bledsoe , but behind Rich Jessamy (89.0).

Bilal Ally 5-11 185 21 GP 106-466 3 TD's 57 LONG 4.4 AVE 22.2 y/game

Nick Orekoya 5-10 18 GP 15-113 1 TD 23 LONG 7.5 AVE

New to the Minutemen this year are:

Jordan Fredericks 5-10 225. Transfer from Syracuse. Sat out last year per transfer regulations. Was on two freshman All-American teams during his first year at Syracuse.

Victor Santiago 5-9 165. I blogged about Santiago back in March. Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" also had a post on Santiago's signing with the Minutemen.

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Yahoo Sports does a "coaches-on-the-hot-seat" article and mentions BYU and UMass.

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Tennessee attempts to get out of a home-and-home series with UConn.

The Huskies practice in full pads despite the heat.

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Charolotte looks for a fast start to 2018.

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Liberty adds a 3000 square foot video board.

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