Wednesday, August 23, 2017

UMass Football News--August 23rd, 2017


UMass will wear a helmet sticker to honor Michael Boland who passed away during the off season.

Matty Vautour reports on the revamped UMass offensive line and the rest of the offensive starters.

One goal for the offense is to run the ball better. UMass was #124 out of 128 teams in rushing offense in 2016. A good part of that came from playing five Power Five teams (not many Group-of-Five teams rack up big rushing totals against SEC teams), but UMass did not do much better against lesser competition. Whipple's FCS offense featured a strong running game to go with his down-the field passing. I think Marquis Young is a good RB, but he needs more room to operate. Did you see the latest two-deep chart? This year Ray Thomas-Ishman weighs 350, Lucas Kotler 315, Derek Dumais 330, Jake Largay 325 and Jack Driscoll 300. Looks like the OL beefed up. Of the ten OL in the two-deep only one weighs less than 300. Let's hope that translates into more holes for Young to run into.

Nearly all the Minutemen wins so far in FBS have been defensive grinds. The lone game where the UMass offense dominated was the 2015 game against Buffalo where Marquis Young ran for 240 yards. It would be beneficial if we could do more of that in 2017.

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Matty also reports Shane Huber is at peace with walking away from football.

Shane Huber's Twitter statement here.

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The UMass Daily Collegian says UMass is getting ready for Hawaii.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald says the opening game will tell a lot about UMass and Hawaii.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the 2017 Minutemen schedule.

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Hawaii flies east for the UMass game and lands in ----- New York?

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Coastal Carolina transitions from Fall Camp to in-season play.

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The Dispatch previews the Mississippi State-UMass game.

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This article reports UMass will play FCS Southern Illinois in 2020. The currently listed UMass 2020 schedule is here.

Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports UMass is comfortable as an Independent.

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ESPN ranks UMass fans #117 in fan happiness. We're ahead of UConn and only 8 slots behind BC.

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BTW, this was the best image I took of the eclipse. The air was not very steady here. Note the sunspot group near the sun's equator. Click on the image and Blogger displays a larger view.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting--Anthony Johnson III


Back in 2015 UMass offered Anthony Johnson, a 6-3 185 pound DB from Cleveland, Ohio.

I blogged about him several times before. He took a visit to UMass before signing with Penn State.

He is leaving Penn State and will seek a transfer.

Johnson was a three-star recruit.

According to Black Shoes Diary, Johnson was recruited over (something that happens a lot in Top-25 schools).

UMass Football News--August 22nd 2017


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UMass has their game notes for Hawaii up.

So does Hawaii.

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Matty Vautour reports the UMass defense looks to create more turnovers. He also has a projected two-deep for the defense.

Matty also reports that Sha-Ki Holines DT 6-4 265 will be be a game-time decision. Mario Patton 6-1 315 will back him up.

He wrote:" If the Minutemen start the lineup revealed on the depth chart, they’ll have four players making their first UMass starts — Sadiq Palmer (wide receiver), Malik Lee (fullback), Bryton Barr (linebacker) and Tyler Hayes (safety)."

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GMS Sprots previews the UMass-Hawaii game and predicts the Warriors over the Minutemen 34-30.

Sports Chat Place previews the Hawaii game and predicts a UMass victory.

A Crestview News-Bulletin writer picks the UMass-Hawaill "to be over in minutes" and the Warriors by 18.

Hawaii flies to Massachusetts today.

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A Fan Sided Tennessee writer looks at the Vols opponents and concludes UMass is "basically a FCS team"

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Mississippi State has a story with GIF's for each Bulldogs opponent.

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T.J. Sharpe is back healthy and practicing with Titians.

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Former UMass coach Dave Sollazo isn't wasting any time as new head coach at Naugatuck High School. (fixed link)

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Monday, August 21, 2017

UMass Football News--August 20th, 2017, Hawaii Game week

Matty Vautour has a post on JUCO's Jacoby Herring and Tyler Hayes. Both Herring and Hayes looked good during the season ticket holders scrimmage.

Hayes was playing with the first defense and he has good size at 6-0 215. His strong safety position will be critical in the new 4-3 defense. As the SS, he will be tasked with a lot of run support.

Herring had a least one nice catch at the scrimmage. At 6-4, he should be a physical mismatch for most CB's. At 170 pounds, he needs some muscle to go up against Power Five schools. He'll see a lot of time with Dingle, Palmer and Isabella. JUCO's don't have a lot of time to showcase their ability. Let's hope Tyler and Hayes make an impact this season.

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The Sentinel-Enterprise mentions UMass LB Jarell Addo. Addo moves to LB from safety this year.

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The Deseret News picks BYU to go 10-3 with UMass as one of the wins.

Get More sports predicts the Cougars to have 8 to 9 wins.

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Underdog Dynasty looks at the over-and-under spread of some Group-of-Five teams including UMass opponents Hawaii, Coastal Carolina and Old Dominion.

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Hawaii has a few JUCO's of their own and KHON TV says Rainbow's CB Manu Hudson-Rasmussen is making an impact with Hawaii's defense.

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RB A. J. Ouellette looks to run the football for the Ohio  Bobcats in 2017.

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Chris Ferguson will be the surprise starter at QB for the Maine Black Bears.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

UMass Football News---August 20th, 2017

Get More Sports predicts a three-win season for UMass.

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The Garden Island reports Hawaii eyes UMass in the season opener.

Hawaii News Now says Hawaii is preparing for the Minutemen's offensive weapons.

Hawaii's Twitter feed has some short video interviews with players and coaches about the UMass game.

KHON TV says the Warriors are dialed in.

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Coastal Carolina holds its final scrimmage.

The Chants just started their program in 2003, but they've sent a lot of players to the NFL.

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Sports on Earth predicts Old Dominion third in C-USA east.

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Get More Sports predicts under five wins for Georgia Southern.

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The Deseret News looks at BYU's schedule game-by-game and predicts Cougars 52-Minutemen 9.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

UMass Football News--August 19th, 2017

Seven days until the 2017 season! Man, I hope we get some breaks and some wins this year. We've certainly paid our dues: fans, players administrators. This ain't been easy on all of us.

Go UMass!

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Matty Vautour has a post on how some of the UMass coaches are going to watch the Mayweather -McGregor fight after the Hawaii game.

If the fight was a football game, it would be Mayweather by four TD's.

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The Berkshire Eagle looks at the UMass QB situation going into the 2017 season.

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Pro Football Focus looks at the top TE's in the 2017 college football class.

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Sports on Earth previews the AAC conference including UMass opponents USF and Temple.

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The News-Star previews Coastal Carolina.

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Old Dominion led Conference USA in rushing last year; they're planning on doing it again this year. The Monarchs ran for 274 yards and 5.8 yards/carry against the Minutemen last year. Old Dominion held the ball for twelve minutes more than UMass did.

The Daily Press says despite not having picked a QB yet, Old Dominion is confident.

The Virginia Pilot thinks  Blake LaRussa will be the Monarchs starter.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018-- Trey Jones verbals to UMass

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Trey Jones, a 5-10 195 pound athlete from Fort Worth, TX has Tweeted he's verbaled to UMass.

247Sports page here.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on Jones' commit to UMass and says the Minutemen recruited him as a slot receiver.

Maxpreps has stats.

Hudl.com has video.

UMass Football Recruiting 2017--Evan Padilla

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports UMass has added Evan Padilla, a 5-9 155  pound K from San Diego, CA.

Hudl.com has video.

Took part in the Chris Sailor kicking camp.

Also was in the National Kicking Camp.

NCSA profile here.

UMass Football News--August 18th, 2017

Mark Chiarelli of MassLive.com profiles Sadiq Palmer WR 6-2 195 and asks if he can be the Minutemen's big play receiver.

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Matty Vautour has a post on Ali Ali-Musa commenting on Charlottesville.

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Hawaii breaks camp.

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Get More Sports previews Coastal Carolina.

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Artel Foster is healthy and making an impact for Temple in Fall Camp.

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Maine gets one of three suspended players back.

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Peyton Manning fires up Tennessee.

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BYU starting LB Francis Barnard will redshirt for the 2017 season.

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SUDDENLY THE BLOG FEELS OLD.

Commissioning ceremony for USS Rafael Peralta DDG-115. My ship was DDG-5.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

UMass Football News---August 17th, 2017

Mark Chiarelli of Mass Live report both Ross Comis and Andrew Ford will see action against Hawaii.

Matty Vautour also has a post on both QB's playing.

Matty also reports a number of players have played well in training camp and should see increased playing time this fall.

The offensive line was somewhat of a concern in the Spring. Several writers thought UMass might bring in a JUCO to increase depth.

Whipple indicated three new offensive linemen might be in the rotation:

Larnel Coleman 6-7 300 Redshirt Freshman.

Jaylen Larry 6-3 275 True Freshman. Pre-Med major.

James Reilly 6-3 290 Redshirt Freshman.

On defense:

Charlie Timite DL 6-3 275 Redshirt Freshman.

Chinedu Ogbonna LB 6-2 215 True Freshman.

Zeke Edmonds S 6-0 220 Redshirt Junior. Medical redshirt in 2016.

Jarell Addo OLB 6-1 220 Redshirt Junior. 10-0 GP-GS in 2015. DNP in 2016

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Matty also has his second podcast of the season and talks about QB rotation and more.

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Preparing for UMass has Hawaii reinvigorated.

West Hawaii Today reports the Rainbow Warriors are one-point favorites over the Minutemen.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald tells Hawaii football fans not to get use to the free video feed from UMass.

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This has been covered before, but Liberty officially announces 13 future games including three with UMass.

Interestingly, Liberty will receive no guarantee for playing at Marshall.

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BYU's "Vanquish the Foe" rates 2017's opposing quarterbacks.

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