Friday, March 23, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Christian Njoku

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Christian Njoku, a 6-1 248 pound DT from Bellaire, TX picked up a UMass offer on March 20th.

247Sports page here. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

This article mentions Njoku who performed in a combine with 32 other under-the-radar Texas recruits.

Njoku has four offers with UMass as the only club from the Northeast.


UMass Football News--March 23rd, 2018

UMass held its Pro Day yesterday. There is an image gallery here.

The UMass website has the story and a roster of Minutemen players who participated.

Mark Chiarelli of MassLive has a post on Pro Day and features last year's graduate John Robinson-Woodget.

The UMass Football Twitter feed has some video from the event.

Thomas Johnson of the Daily Collegian has a story about Pro Day and features Da'Sean Downey.


JUCO transfer QB David Pindell is leading the pack to be starting QB for the UConn Huskies this year.

UConn also had their Pro Day recently.


Charlotte Football takes on a sense of urgency this Spring.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Cavon Butler

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Cavon Butler, a 6-4 265 pound DE from Toledo, OH has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats. has video.

This article from September of 2017 features Butler.

Besides UMass, Butler has offers from Pitt and Toledo.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--David Ojabo, Aeveas DiCosmo and Izaiah Henderson II

NJ. Com has a story on the eleven hottest 2019 recruits from New Jersey. UMass has offered three of them.

I've blogged about Henderson before.


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David Ojabo is a 6-6 245 pound DE from Blair Academy in NJ.

247Sports three-star recruit. has video.

This article from features Ojabo.

Ojabo has 24 offers including UConn, BC, Temple, Syracuse and Pitt from the Northeast.

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Aeneas DiCosmo is a 6-3 220 pound DE from Bergen Catholic in NJ.

247Sports three-star recruit. has video.

This article features DiCosmo.

DiCosmo holds 28 offers including Pitt, Syracuse, Rutgers and three Ivy League schools from the Northeast.


UMass Football News--March 21st, 2018

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Matty Vautour has a post on Jorden Fredericks joining the UMass running backs corps this Spring.

Fredericks should be a good addition to the Minutemen running game. The running game has been mostly absent in Whipple's second tour in Amherst. The pro-set offense works much better with a run game. The UMass run game picked up in the second half of 2017, but we struggled to run ball sometimes even against Group of Five teams (79 yards against Coastal Carolina, 79 against ODU, 115 against Hawaii and we were out-rushed 148 to 100 against Maine).

Some better, more physical play from the OL would help too. Federicks' Syracuse bio. He was New York's 2014 Gatorade Player-of-the Year. Also honorable mention Freshman All-American in his first year at Syracuse.


A USA Today writer has Andrew Ford as one of the top-ten QB's in the Group-of-Five conferences. BTW, I think two of Ford's four INT's were off the receiver's hands. I think I remember one off Breneman and one off Isabella.


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UMass QB recruit Jaret Pallotta just was named All-Ohio Div I in basketball. Will Coach McCall pay him a visit when he arrives on campus?


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

UMass Football recruiting 2019--Stanley King

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Stanley King, a 6-5 175 pound WR from Camden, NJ has been offered by UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

This article from features King.

MaxPreps has stats.

King holds ten offers including BC, Rutgers, Temple and Buffalo. King took an UV to UMass in February.

UMass Football News--March 20th, 2018

Matty Vautour has a post on James Ihedigbo retiring from football.

NBC Sports also has a post on Ihedigbo's retirement.

Ihedigbo's Instagram post shows him in his UMass uniform.


The Duquesne Duke looks at the Dukes 2018 schedule. Duquesne plays three first-time opponents this year: UMass, Lock Haven and Hawaii. The writer expects the Dukes to contend for the NEC championship.


That bridge collapse in Florida was part of FIU's campus.


The Charlotte Observer has five questions for 49's football now that Spring practice has started. The article says Charlotte will switch to a pro-style offense and a 4-3 defense.


UConn looks to improve its defense in 2018.


Monday, March 19, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Tyler Rudolph

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Tyler Rudolph, a 6-1 205 pound Safety from Watherbury, CT has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports four-star player. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Rudolph has 18 offers including just about all the FBS programs in the Northeast. Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple, UConn, BC and Rutgers have all offered.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Shamar A. Martin image
Shamar Martin, a 6-0 175 pound CB from San Diego, CA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Martin has eight offers including Power Five schools Utah, Utah State and Arizona.

Friday, March 16, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--C.J. Hanson

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C.J. Hanson, a 6-5 285 pound OL from Jackson, NJ has a UMass offer.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

This article features Hanson's recruiting.

MaxPreps has some stats.

Besides UMass, Hanson has an offer from Marshall.

UMass Football News-- March 16th, 2018

Matty Vautour has a post on the progress of Spring Ball.

The big news is that the Spring Game will be Friday, April 13th, at 6:00 pm. Athletic Dept notice on the Spring Game here.

Matty relates Tyler Hayes (shoulder) and Tyris Lebeau (undisclosed) are both out of action after offseason surgeries.

UMass adds legacy QB Mike Fallon the son of former UMass QB Mike Fallon, Sr. His father won letters in 1976 and 1977. UMass went 8-3 in 1977 and hosted Lehigh in the first round of the DII playoffs. I was there. The Minutemen were down 23-0 and came back to tie the game. UMass got called on a pass interference late in the fourth quarter and Lehigh threw the winning TD the next play (if I remember right). Fallon went 12-29 -138 yards and 3TD's


The AAC is overhauling football officiating oversight. I believe UMass gets its home game officiating crews from the AAC.


Ex-UConn head coach Bob Diaco joins the Oklahoma staff.