Thursday, April 19, 2018

UMass Football News--April 19th, 2018

James Ihedigbo and the entire 1998 Football team have been inducted into the UMass Sports Hall of Fame.

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The Eagle-Tribune has a post about Matt Jordan, who was a member of the 1998 team. I did a blog post about Jordan back in 2012.

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Coastal Carolina had a number of players stand out at their Spring game.

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USF wants feedback on their proposed on-campus stadium.

The Daily Stampede recaps the Bulls Spring game.

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Preseason Sports Books are predicting between ten and eleven wins for Georgia. The Bulldogs should be favorites for the SEC East title.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Solomon Brown

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Solomon Brown, a 5-11 170 pound CB from Largo, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star athlete.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

2nd team All-Pinnellas County.

Brown has nine FBS offers including Rutgers and Syracuse from the Northeast.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

UMass Football News--April 17th, 2018

SB Nation previews the 2018 UConn Huskies and predicts UMass as a 4.5 point favorite. A win for UMass would be balm to the souls of the UMass faithful after the epic defensive smackdown UConn put on us in 2012.

Two reports from the Huskies Spring game here and here.

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Two reports from Boston College's Spring game here and here. The Eagles have been struggling with their kicking game. With Logan Laurant gone, here's hoping UMass does not revert to what we had during the first 5.5 years in FBS.

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Fiu looks to rebuild its defense in 2018.

The Panthers are looking to improve on a 8 win season and a bowl appearance.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Donte Lindsey commits to UMass

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Donte Lindsey, a 5-11 180 pound CB from Phoenix AZ has joined the Minuteman's 2018 class.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

UMass was the first offer for Lindsey.

UMass Football News--April 16th, 2018


Check out the between the tackles run by Jordan Fredericks at about 1.05 of the video.

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Ryan Ames and Thomas Johnson of the UMass Daily Collegian recap Friday's Spring game.

The Collegian also has a story about women in sports media. It includes a story about a Collegian woman reporter's difficulty trying to cover a Minutemen football game.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

UMass Football News--April 14th, 2018






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Matty Vautour reports on the Spring Game. Perhaps the biggest news is that starting right tackle Jack Driscoll is leaving.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has re-cap of the game.

The UMass website has a story on the game.

My take:

  • Syracuse transfer Jordan Fredericks looks like the real deal. He looked fast and powerful. The UMass running game looks like it will be improved in 2018.
  • The UMass offense in general appears to be the best team we have had since our move to FBS. This squad is deep at QB, RB and WR.
  • QB Michael Curtis displayed a nice touch on his throws and looked fast when he ran the ball. I think he'll be in the mix for 2019.
  • Jesse Britt was used at both RB and WR. He's real athlete.
  • Walk-on WR Jovann Tucker looked like a find. He displayed good hands and some serious speed.
I think UMass fans have reason to be optimistic in 2018. We should score a ton of points.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring Game Day--April 13th, 2018


Note that kickoff for the Spring Game has been moved to 6:30 pm.

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Matty Vautour reports UMass is counting on a veteran offensive line.

The starting OL for 2018 should be;

LT Ray Thomas-Ishman JR 6-5 310

LG Jake Largay RSSR 6-4 325

C Derek Dumais RSJR 6-4 330

RG Lukas Kotler RSSR 6-4 315

RT Jake Driscoll RSJR 6-5 300

The second team OL according to the November 27th 2017 depth chart:

LT James Reilly RSSO 6-3 290

LG Mike Yerardi RSJR 6-4 315

C Lucas Kotler

RG Dan DiNicola RSSR 6-6 305

RT Larnel Coleman RSSO 6-7 300

Other OL on the roster:

Spencer Goldberg SO 6-2 280

Brian Abosi SO 6-8 310

Parker Ogle FR 6-3 290

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The Athletic Dept's post on today's Maroon & White game.

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Another article on Albany scheduling Hawaii and UMass in 2023 and 2020 respectively.

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Patriot News interviews Jordan Matthews and he has good things to say about UMass when he played them at Gillette.

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Thanks to the blog reader who pointed me to this article featuring UMass Director of Player Personnel Tim Silvernail.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--A.J. Woods

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A.J. Woods, a 5-10 170 pound athlete from Germantown, MD has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

NSCA recruiting profile.

Woods has four offers including Army and Navy.

UMass Football News--April 12th, 2018


UMass Seniors Nick Berus and Andrew Libby received recognition from the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society for a career-long 3.2 or better academic average.

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The Times Union reports Albany will play at UMass in 2020.

The Minutemen have a nice 2020 schedule with home games against Troy, Temple and Army. UMass will also play Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn AL.

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A Hero Sports writer says Mark Whipple is on the hot seat, which he's not.

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UConn special teams look to be game changers under new coach Eddie Allen.

The Huskies will play their Blue-White scrimmage on Saturday.

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