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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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

UMass Football News--April 11th, 2018

Thomas Johnson of the UMass Daily Collegian features UMass QB Randall West as West will get a lot of reps during the Spring game.

Johnson reports Andrew Ford is only expected to play two series and Ross Comis is being held out because of an injury.


QB Mike Curtis was MVP of the 9th Spring practice. Curtis threw for 2,311 yards and 24TD's in his one year at Trinity College. He could be in the mix for 2019.

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Matty Vautour has a post about Brice McAllister returning to Western Mass as a possible starter at Safety.

The Minutemen should be deep at Safety. In addition to McAllister, UMass has a number of players with game experience.

Bakhari Goodson Junior 12-0 GP-GS 19 UA 9 AT 28 TT 5 PD's

Micah Morel SO 2-0 GP-GS

Claudin Cherrelus SO 2-0 GP-GS

Martin Mangram JU 12-0 GP-GS 3 AT

Tyler Hayes SR 12-12 GP-GS 30 AT 23 AT 53 TT 3.0 TFL 5 PD 1 FR

Tyler Lebeau SO 11-0 GP-GS 8 UT 9 AT 17 TT

Hayes and McAllister would give UMass a strong Safety position.

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BTW, the closing of Mt Ida means the end of Mustang Football. Mt. Ida went 3-4 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference. The Mustangs placed 13 players on the ECFC All-Conference team.

Always sad to see a program closing.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

UMass Football News--April 10th, 2018


Hope to see a lot of the UMass Die-Hards at the Spring game Friday.

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Matty Vautour reports the Coach Whipple's contract extension is almost completed. He also reports A.D. Bamford is working on an indoor practice facility. The options range from an inflatable bubble to a high-end permanent structure. Bamford mentions a mid $20s million structure. That should allow a hard-sided building, but without some bells and whistles.

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Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports Chris Berman will again be a guest coach at the Spring Game.

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OT, but after beating its second #1 team, UMBC trash talks about Alabama. When I heard UMBC's mascot "The Retrievers"  during the hoops tourney, I thought "Man, that's a dumb nickname!". It turns out UMBC is actually the "Chesapeake Bay Retrievers". I can understand the school wanting to have some local connection, but they could have done better.

How about the UMBC oysters?

Ya got to admit "The Fightin' Mollusks" would be a great sports name.


Monday, April 09, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Nick Curtis

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Nick Curtis, a 6-5 205 pound OLB/DE from Hoover, AL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

Drawing interest from SEC programs.

Besides UMass, Curtis has an offer from Virginia and four Group-of-Five schools.

Saturday, April 07, 2018

UMass Football News--April 27 2018

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Matty Vautour reports UMass QB Andrew Ford looks to improve in 2018.

Ford finished #13 in passing efficiency in 2017. He was #24 in passing yards per game and #37 in passing yards. I believe two of his four INT's were off the hands of a receiver. UMass was #127 in sacks allowed last year (only Idaho was worse). Ford tends to hold the ball too long, but he needs a better run game and better offensive line blocking. The Minutemen gave up five sacks and were out rushed 148 to 100 yards against Maine.

Also on the Minutemen roster:

Ross Comis SR 10-2 GP-GS 49-87 646 4 TD's 1 INT, also ran for 187 yards and 3 TD's

Randal West RSJR 2-0 GP-GS 0-2 passing.  Became a fan favorite after walking on to the UMass hoops team and playing well.

Michael Curtis RSJR 0-1 GP-GS.

Mike Fallon RSSO.

The Minutemen also signed two three-star QB recruits.

Josiah Johnson 6-5 197

Jaret Pallotta 6-5 205.

The Minutemen appear to be fairly deep and talented at QB. It would be nice if UMass could integrate Comis' mobility into the offense more. The two freshman QB's were fairly highly rated pro-style players. The QB position looks like there is enough talent that UMass won't have a huge falloff in 2019.

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CBS Sports picks BYU as one of five teams likely to improve by at least two wins in 2018.

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Sporting News has the places and dates for the 2018 college playoffs.

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Friday, April 06, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Eloi Kwete

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Eloi Kwete, a 6-1 250 pound DL/ILB has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

Hudl.com has video.

Also ran track.

This article features the Kwete brothers.

UMass is the first team to offer Kwete.

UMass Football News--April 6th, 2018


Above is Whipple's message to the Gridiron Club. I renewed in March. Any donation helps. In addition your name indicates interest in the program. That really helps in academic wars.

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Athlon Sports analyses BYU's 2018 schedule.

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ESPN predicts Georgia has a 98.3% chance of winning when the Bulldogs play UMass on November 17th.

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BTW, ESPN has UMass ranked #93 in its preseason power rankings. That's easily the best rating UMass has had since the move to FBS.

ESPN also has the Minutemen favorites (abet by narrow margins) in seven games on their 2018 schedule.

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting--Jaelin Leroy

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Jaelin Leroy, a 5-11 150 pound DB from Jacksonville, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

Hudl.com has video.

MaxPreps page here.

Also drawing interest from South Alabama and Florida Atlantic.

UMass Football News--April 5th, 2018

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The UMass Daily Collegian reports when Minutemen football went FBS---so did the Dance Team.

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The UCF student newspaper thinks the Bulls would get more bang for the bucks with an indoor practice facility than an on-campus stadium.

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UConn sets its Spring Game to be April 14th.

JUCO transfer David Pindell looks to be UConn's starting QB this fall. Pindell's UConn bio.

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Coastal Carolina is close to the end of Spring ball.

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Liberty is hosting the annual meeting of NFL chaplains.

BTW, the Flames are building a $29 million indoor football practice facility plus a $40 million expansion of their stadium.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Tyler Devera

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Tyler Devera, a 6-4 220 pound TE from Bergen Catholic HS in NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article features Devera.

MaxPreps has stats.

Devera has four FBS offers including Buffalo, Miami of Ohio and Old Dominion.

UMass Football News--April 4th, 2018

Athlon Sports looks at Georgia's 2018 schedule. Quote from the article "The Minutemen have been a thorn in the side of SEC opponents over the last two years".

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An AP writer thinks new Georgia Southern HC Chad Lunsford will get the Eagles offense rolling.

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Boston College "finally" gets some outdoor practice time.

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An SB Nation writer picks Ohio as the top team in the 2018 MAC.

Ohio graduated nearly their entire front seven on defense. The Bobcats are looking for some JUCO transfers to fill the gaps.

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BYU returns the Cougars top seven running backs in 2018.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

UMass Football Newws--April 3rd, 2018

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Matty Vautour has a post on UMass wide receivers with Spring Ball having about two weeks to go.

He mentions:

Andy Isabella SR 12-12 GP-GS 65-1020 (7th in single season receptions) 12 TD's 69 LONG 15.7 yards/catch

Jesse Britt SO 4-12 GP-GS 29-422 3 TD's 40 LONG 14.6 yards/catch

Brennon Dingle RSSO 4-12 GP-GS 21-330 4 TD's 43 LONG 15.7 yards/catch

Sadiq Palmer JR 11-12 GP-GS 35-518 1 TD 38 LONG 14.0 yards/catch

Silky Brown SO 5-0 GP-GS 1-7

Zack Simon RSFR Redshirted in 2017

Also on the roster:

Jacoby Herring SR 10-0 GP-GS 7-81 18 LONG 11.2 yards/catch

Jonathan Derolus RSJR DNP in 2017

Jovahn Tucker SO DNP in 2017

Patrick Volcy SO Redshirted in 2017

Melvin Hill SO Redshirted in 2017

Elijah Robinson RSSO DNP in 2017

Patrick O'Reilly, RSSO 5-0 GP-GS played special teams in 2017.

2018 WR recruits:

Samuel Emilus 6-1 200

Wide receivers seem to be the deepest and most talented skill unit on the 2018 Minutemen. I would speculate Isabella would be the "X" receiver, Britt as the "Y" and Palmer or Dingle as the slot receiver. All of them would be the four-wide.

The UMass single season team receiving record was in 1998 306-4050. In 2017 the Minutemen went 272-3570, so the all-time record could within reach in 2018.

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A Collegian writer mulls over the philosophy of cheerleading.

UMass Cheerleading's  Facebook page.

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Monday, April 02, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Calob Dalton

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Calob Dalton, a 6-4 190 pound OLB has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247 Sports three-star player.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from October of 2017 features Dalton.

An Ohio scouting service has a couple of lines about Dalton.

This article from November 2017 by Scout.com talks about his offer from Pitt.

Dalton has offers from three MAC teams and also from Pitt and Cincinnati.