Thursday, April 27, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Jaeveyon Morton image
Jaeveyon Morton, a 5-9 160 pound DB/Athlete from Detroit, MI has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player. has video. three-stars.

Partial quote from a report dated 04/11/17 on the Cleveland Opening Original (a skills camp) by Allen Trieu.

"Jaevon Morton from Detroit King won MVP and deservedly so. A kid with double-digit offers, Morton has good speed and is very physical."

This article features Morton.

Morton has fifteen offers including most of the MAC and Syracuse, Rutgers and Temple from the Northeast.

Thursday--April 27th, 2017

UMass football coaches cover the country recruiting.

Twitter quote by Steve Costello:

"If i ask how fast a kid is and you tell me he's 4.3, don't be offended when i offer to sell you 1 of the 3 condos i own in Dubai ."


Check out this video from UMass Sports Net.


Hawaii will ditch white helmets for the 2017 season.



ESPN lays off more than 100 employees.

Digital add spending jumps to record $72.5 billion in 2016.

In the past week 43% of the page views on the UMass football blog were by portable devices : iPhone, Android and iPad...


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Recruiting 2017--Tyris Lebeau image
Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" report UMass has added Tyris Lebeau, a 6-2 200 pound Safety from Vanier College to the Minutemen's 2017 class. has video.

NCSA has his recruiting profile.

Lebeau's Twitter announcement.

This article from features Lebeau.


Wednesday--April 26th, 2017

Adam Breneman is excited to be playing at Fenway Park.

The Boston Herald covers area teams playing in Fenway this fall.

The Maine Black Bears says playing old rival UMass will be great.

NESN reports college football is returning to Fenway Park.

Jack Driscoll gets some coverage from the New Haven Register in an article about the Fenway series.

The Hartford Courant looks at UConn's date with Boston College at Fenway.


Georgia Southern HC Tyson Summers is excited about the Eagles' direction. UMass plays Georgia Southern at McGuirk on October 21st.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Michael Lewis image
Michael Lewis, a 6-6 235 pound DE from Jonesborough, TN has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Lewis has ten offers including Army and Navy from the Northeast.

Tuesday--April 25th, 2017

The Orlando Sentinel ranks UMass #125 going into the 2017 season.


UMass coaches are out combing the country for recruits.


BYU has a lineman who's 6-7 410. Doesn't seem as if he's a very good athlete though. I'll take UMass Raquan Thomas who looks to be a four-year starter at 6-5 392.


Temple football looks to run the rock in 2017.


The Oracle has five predictions for USF football in 2017.



Mrs Blog and I were up in southern Maine for the day yesterday. We stopped at Mike's Clam Shack seafood store to get some lobster meat to take home.

Lobster chunks were $59.95/pound (and no, that's not a typo).


Monday, April 24, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Jorien Vallien

Jim Smilie image
Jorien Vallien, a 6-2 184 pound WR from Alexandria, LA has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Partial quote from a 03/21/17 article on by Chris Karpman:

"As a junior, Vallien had a highly productive season that he nonetheless felt didn't fully realize his expectations. He was credited with 63 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdown receptions in only nine games, but Alexandria went 6-6 overall. 

Vallien said he'll work on speed and getting his body in the best shape possible for his senior year. He'd like to gain 10-15 pounds and be able to use that extra size and strength on the field." three-star player.

Vallien has fifteen offers with UMass as the only team from the Northeast.

Monday--April 24th, 2017

UnderDog Dynasty takes a positive look on the UMass Spring game.


Blake Frohnapfel attends the Spring game at Marshall.


Nick Souza of the UMass Daily Collegian liked his time covering UMass Sports.


Five Tennessee Vols who stood out in the Spring game. UMass visits Knoxville on September 23rd. Mrs Blog and I will be there.


UnderDog Dynasty recaps Temple's Spring game.  We're going to be there too.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Recruiting 2018--Matt Rosso II image
Back on March 20th, 2017 I blogged about Matt Rosso, a 6-6 260 pound OL from Fairless Hills, PA.

This article from Wednesday by updates his recruiting.

Partial quote from the article:

"Syracuse and Boston College are both pushing for visits so they can see Rosso and get to know him better.

"They want me to come there but I just don't know when," he said. "They'll probably want me to camp."

Rosso speaks the most with coaches from Virginia and UMass, but Temple is paying close attention."

Rosso currently holds offers from UMass and Virginia.

Saturday--April 22nd, 2017

Spring game highlights. Be sure to watch the opening two plays: Ford to Brennon Dingle. Also see Cycoby Burch's NFL-style toe tap his second INT.


Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a nice write-up on the Spring game.

The UMass Daily Collegian also has a post covering the game.


Chris Berman's visit made ESPN.


Thanks to the UMMB for attending the game. I like the band music better than the canned stuff the speakers play.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday--April 21st, 2017

#10 Brennon Dingle

#36 Cycoby Burch
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Dan Malone has a post on the Spring Game.

Matty Vautour covers the Spring Game. Matty also has Chris Berman enjoyed coaching the Spring Game.

UMass's write-up on the game here.

I'll have a web album up in a day or so.


As both Malone and Vautour said, with a split squad it the game was more of less a scrimmage.

However, I thought a couple of players stood out. We've been hearing Brennon Dingle was good. In the Spring game he was the best offensive player on the field. He went 8-109 including a nifty opening series from Andrew Ford. UMass fans are going to like him.

On defense, I thought Cycoby Burch stood out. He's another three-star recruit who redshirted last year. Burch finished the night with 2 INT's 4 UT's and 1 BKUP. The Minutemen defensive secondary was a liability last year. Burch looked like an impact player among defensive backs.

Marquis Young looked bigger and stronger running the ball. JUCO QB Michael Curtis and Randall West floated some passes that led to interceptions. Ford only played one or two series. Many potential starters sat out the game or played only a little.

Nobody got hurt.


Earlier in the day Adam Breneman and Steve Casali were named recipients of the new Michael Bowland Award


How Kansas State's Bill Snyder's unconventional recruiting strategy keeps the Wildcats competitive. UMass' situation is similar to Kansas State's. Both schools need all the recruiting streams they can manage.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 20th, 2017---Spring Game Day!

Hope to see everyone at the Spring Game tonight. It's also an excellent time to renew or join the Gridiron Club. I just got my "thank you for your recent donation" letter from the athletic dept yesterday.

If you can't afford the basic membership, send any donation. Your name on the football donor list really helps in the culture wars. They'd probably rather have 100 people send $10 than one person send $1000. Being a member shows people care about the program. Your name has a real "force multiplier" effect. Help UMass football win.

Details on the Spring game here.


Matty Vautour has a post on the Spring game. He notes Shane Huber (still rehabbing a torn ACL) plus Ali Ali-Musa, DaSean Downey and Sha-Ki Holines will all sit out the game. Those are four defensive starters, so hopefully they'll all be ready to go by summer.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- has details of the contract UMass received for playing at Georgia in 2018.


UMass' last opponent of the coming season BYU, will feature running backs by committee.