Saturday, December 09, 2017

UMass Football News--December 9th, 2017 previews Georgia's 2018 season. Has a nice image of Andy Isabella.Thanks to the blog reader who sent me the link.

Fixed link above.


Adam Breneman is 2nd team All-American by Pro Football Focus.

The also has Breneman as a 2nd team All-American.


The UMass Football Twitter feed has the above image about Michael Bowland. It's a shame his life was cut short.


James Madison won a thriller in the FCS playoffs.


Friday, December 08, 2017

UMass Football News--December 8th, 2017

Seven UMass players made the 2017 All-ECAC list.

The list has four seniors:

Da'Sean Downey

Bryton Barr

Adam Breneman

Logan Laurent

All four played an important part in UMass' four victories. Whipple's offense works a lot better with a pass-catching TE. We've been talking about Logan Laurent's six-week stardom. Da'Sean Downey finished eighth in the nation in TFL. Bryton Barr was 38th in the nation in TT.

Three of the players named were underclassmen.

Andy Isabella was 21st in the nation with 65 catches for 1020 yards. He was 43rd in the nation with 5.4 receptions per game. His 65 catches ranked #8 in UMass all-time single season receptions. He was #7 in single season receiving yards, moving Rasheed Rancher (1007 yards) down one notch. His ten receiving TD's tied him with Jason Peebler for 4th in single season TD receptions.

Isaiah Rogers went 12-12 GP-GS 35 UT (4th on the team) 15 AT 50 TT 3.0 TFL 3 INT's 14 BKUP (1st on the team).

Jack Driscoll  went 9-8 GP-GS. The offensive line played better the last six games of the season. The offensive line gave up 32 sacks in the first six games of the season and 14 in the last six.


Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" looks UMass 2018 recruits who may be involved in the early signing period.


Off Tackle Empire discusses the bowl game between FIU and Temple and manages not many conclusions.


Thursday, December 07, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting--Matt Araiza

Tim Garica image
Matt Araiza, a 6-2 186 pound K/P from California has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass. has video.

Max-Preps All-American in 2016. MaxPreps also has kicking stats.


UMass Football News--December 7th, 2017

Thanks to the blog reader who pointed me to this USA Today article on assistant coaches salaries.

UMass is near the bottom of the barrel in assistant coaches salaries. This is another reason a league affiliation would help. Of course, not all leagues are in good shape.


Speaking of the Sun Belt, seven Coastal Carolina players made the All-Sun Belt. If you read the article, a number of Chants players had their best game against UMass...


In yesterday's Matty Vautour article he mentioned Coach Whipple is looking for some transfer or JUCO help with punting.

During the second half of the season Logan Laurant took over and had a great six weeks. In two of our biggest victories to date he was the key factor in the game. He kicked the game-tying field goal and then the winner in overtime. His three field goals were the difference in the BYU game. In addition, he was booming his kickoffs into the end of the  Cougars' endzone all game.

Not counting Laurant, we have four more kickers on the roster:

Mike Caggiano-- JR DNP in 2017. I don't know what happened to him.

Evan Padilla--FR He drew some oblique praise from Whipple, but DNP in 2017.

Theo Young--RSJR. DNP in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.

Michael Schreiner---FR Had a solid start in kickoffs and extra points (10 for 10 in the first three games). Then missed one field goal against Coastal Carolina and three against Temple. Then missed his next extra point against Tennessee.

We've had five-and-half years of terrible kicking and six weeks of outstanding kicking and punting. It's no coincidence those six weeks were the best of our FBS era. A decent punter and kicker should be a priority recruiting goal.


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

UMass Football News--December 6th, 2017

For the season, Marquis Young went 12-10 GP-GS 182-982 5.4 AVE 9 TD 81.8 AVE/game

Bilal Ally went 12-1 GP-GS 89-369 AVE 4.1 3 TD's 30.8 AVE/game

Nick Orekola went 11-1 GP-GS 15-135 7.5 AVE 1 TD 11.2 AVE/game

Other RB's listed on the roster:

Jordan Fredericks 5-10 225 (eligible next year)

Tyshaun Ingram 6-1 225 (appeared in five games playing special teams)

For 2017 UMass rushing went

12 GP 418-1624 3.9 AVE 19 TD's 95 LONG 135.3 AVE/game

Opponents went:

12 GP 480-2375 4.9 AVE 27 TD's 197.9 AVE/game.

UMass finished 99th out of 130 teams in rushing offense.

The Minutemen finished 100th out of 130 teams in rushing defense.


UMass finished #111 out of 130 teams in Keepers College Football rankings.


This Hero Sports article forgets UMass played in the Tangerine Bowl. Also they have the Minutemen playing two FCS teams in 2018.


SB Nation ranks the FIU-Temple bowl game last in "watchability".


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

UMass Football News--December 5th, 2017

Matty Vautour has an article about UMass football having an interesting off season.

He mentions the possibility that UMass defensive coordinator Ed Pinkham could get an offer from another staff. While UMass could not match a Power Five offer, the Minutemen currently do not have a "assistant head coach". UMass could offer him a raise or extension and the assistant head coach title. I would hope UMass could keep him. The two best wins of 2017, and they were the two best wins of the program in the FBS era, were Appalachian State and BYU. Both games were defensive gems.

Matty mentions the Minutemen will have six QB's on the roster if no one leaves. Andrew Ford has already said he's staying. Ross Comis, Randall West and JUCO Mike Curtis are currently on the roster. UMass adds Jake Pallotta and Josiah Johnson.

Matty says Whipple stated he's received some feelers about grad transfers and is looking at some JUCO's on defense and punter.

He mentions possible breakout players for 2018. Jordan Fredericks joins the running backs.

Chinedu Ogbonna and Jake Byczko will be available for the defensive line. Ogbonna played in eleven games in 2017 and Byczko in twelve. Byczko had 23 TT and three TFL. Ogbonna had 10 TT.

At linebacker, Mike Ruane and Cole McCubrey will complete for playing time. McCubrey had 14 TT and appeared in eleven games. Ruane appeared in ten and had one tackle.

Claudin Cherulis, Xavier Steele and Tyrus Lebeau will be available at Safety. Steele appeared in seven games and five TT. Cherulus and Lebeau redshirted.

Chris Hunt and Brian Roberts will join the cornerbacks.

Brian Abosi joins the offensive line.

Zak Simon, Silky Brown and Melvin Hill will join the receiving corps.


The UMass Daily Collegian has a post about Whipple's extension.


Monday, December 04, 2017

UMass Football News--Deember 4th, 2017

The Boston Herald has a post on Whipple's contract extension.


Adam Breneman finished 11-11 GP-GS 64-764 4 TD's 11.9 AVE 41 LONG 69.5 yards/game. Zero drops for the season.


The UMass Daily Collegian reports the Minutemen fell to FIU 63-45.


Buffalo, UTSA and Western Michigan all finished 6-6 and did not get a bowl invite.


Sunday, December 03, 2017

UMass Football News--December 3rd, 2017

I had a bad feeling about this game. I can't really complain because the FIU offense really played a great game. UMass had coverage on Panther receivers all game, but they made the catches. The UMass offense scored 45 points and that should be enough to win. The Minutemen could not stop the FIU running game. FIU runners would squirt between gaps and make eight yards every time. FIU QB Alex McGough was flushed out of the pocket by UMass defenders, but he repeatedly hit his receivers on the move. He just had a hot game.

Anyway, it was a good year for us. We have a lot to build on. Next year's schedule is reasonable and we should expect more progress. 

In 2018, go UMass!


The Miami Herald says it was a convincing win for FIU.