Wednesday, July 26, 2017

UMass Football recruiting 2018--Shatar McClay II

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A couple of days ago I blogged about Shatar McClay verbaling to UMass.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post on McClay signing with the Minutemen.

The best deal is one that benefits both parties. UMass could certainly use a player of McClay's caliber. Joining UMass could benefit McClay too. Tennessee is a great program with a huge fan base.
However, It's easy to get lost in a recruiting class that includes eight four and five star recruits.

UMass offers playing time and a chance to be a big frog in a smaller pond. McClay has a full year to get his grades in order.

Lets hope he gets a chance to shine with the Minutemen.

UMass Football News--July 25th, 2017

Colbert Calhoun, 5-11 219 UMass LB shows off the results of his summer workouts. Calhoun started eight games for the Minutemen last year. He played well and was fourth on the team in tackles (28 UT 30 AT 58 TT). I think the UMass defense will shine this year. For the first four years of FBS the defense was on the short side of recruiting numbers by a factor of about 2 to 3 vs the offense.

This year the defense has enough bodies so the Minutemen can rotate players. It should make a difference during the non-Power Five section of the schedule.


The Maine Black Bears were picked 9th in the CAA preseason poll.

Micah Wright is Maine's top offensive weapon. He was named FCS Freshman-of-the-year by one football service and an honorable mention FCS All-American by another.


BYU hopes its 2017 defense will be among its best.

The Cougars also have experience in crucial positions.


Georgia Southern starts Fall practice early to polish their triple-option offense. Back in their glory years in FCS, the Eagles once ran the triple option for 400 yards against Florida in the Swamp.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Recruiting 2018-- Trey Jones

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Several recruiting services report UMass has offered to Trey Jones, a 5-10 195 pound athlete from Forth Worth, TX.

247Sports page here.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports Jones will visit UMass tomorrow. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

UMass is currently Jones' only offer. Drawing interest from Air Force, Baylor and Washington in FBS

UMass Football News----July 25th, 2017

QB Seth Shuman leaves the Georgia Southern football team.

Auburn prepares for Georgia Southern's triple option offense.


Former UMass player and coach Neal Brown is one of the coaches being mentioned as a replacement for Huge Freeze at Ole Miss.

This article also mentions Brown as a potential coach at Mississippi.


When UMass meets Tennessee in Knoxville on September 23rd, the Minutemen will probably get a good look at 5-11 183 pound Vols RB Carlin Fils-Aime.


Old Dominion gets picked third in Conference USA.


USF opens Fall camp.


Temple gets picked third in the AAC (and UConn is last).

The Owls go into Fall camp looking for a QB.


Monday, July 24, 2017

UMass Recruiting 2018--Shatar McClay verbals to UMass

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UPDATE: Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" confirms McClay's verbal to UMass.


Shatar McClay, a 6-0 165 pound DB/WR from Clarksburg, TN has Tweeted he's verbaled to UMass.

The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle has a story on McClay's signing with UMass.

Partial quote from the above article:

"McClay was named to The Leaf-Chronicle/Legends Bank All Area Football Team after totaling 13 touchdowns. He had 36 receptions for 746 yards with a 19.6-yard average. He also finished with 21 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble as well as two punt return touchdowns."

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

Previously verbaled to Tennessee.

McClay held offers from Tennessee, Purdue, Indiana and Western Kentucky.

Nice boost to UMass' 2018 recruiting class.

UMass Football News--July 28th, 2017

Rotoworld picks UMass #127 of 130 teams for 2017.


Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle says UMass football is a month away.


Hawaii Football loses another defensive lineman.


The Winston-Salem Journal previews the Sun Belt conference including UMass opponents Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State and says the latter should be a big favorite over UMass.

The Mountaineers are picked to win the Sun Belt championship.

The Chants are picked last.


The Orlando Sentinel ranks Mississippi State #40.


One preseason prediction service has Tennessee as #25.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Vilinton Tengrowth

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Several recruiting services indicate UMass has offered to Vilinhton Tengroth, a 5-10 190 Athlete/RB from Sweden.

247Sports page here.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a story on UMass' offer to Tengroth.

Tengroth has attended multiple American football camps. So far, the Minutemen are Tengroth's only offer.

UMass Football News--July 22nd, 2017

Twelve Appalachian State players make the first and second team preseason All-Sun Belt team. The Mountaineers make their first ever visit to Amherst on October 28th.

Appalachian State also has Jalin Moore, the Sun Belt preseason player-of-the-year.

The Mountaineers are loaded this year and I'll pick them to be favored over their entire schedule except for the opener at Georgia.

CBS Local previews the Sun Belt including UMass opponents Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.


Coastal Carolina's HC has surgery, but he won't miss the Chants opener against UMass.

Speaking of Coastal Carolina, Underdog Dynasty previews the Chants.


Athlon Sports ranks Mississippi State's 2017 schedule and places UMass behind FCS Charleston Southern.


Sports Illustrated ranks the college football conferences for 2017.



I watched a replay of 2016 meeting of Michigan and Iowa last evening. Iowa upset the previously undefeated Wolverines 14-13.

Michigan had a freshman WR named Eddie McDoom.


Friday, July 21, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Broderick Calhoune image
Broderick Calhoune, a 5-9 155 pound CB/WR from Mesquite, TX has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here. has video.

MaxPreps has stats.

Partial quote from a 06/21/17 article by Greg Powers:

"The Mesquite (Texas) Horn defender is currently committed to Louisiana Tech, but the Bulldogs will fight to hold onto him. He is one of the fastest players in and out of his breaks and shows lightning quick closing speed. His high school program is known for producing top-level defensive back prospects and the 5-foot-10, 160-pound Calhoun can play at the P5 level."

Rivals three-star player.

Also ran track & field.

Calhoune has eight offers with UMass as the only school from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--July 21st, 2017

Matty Vautour has a post on Marquis Young being named the the Doak Walker Award watch list.

Keving Dillon of MassLive also has a story about Young.

In 2016 Young went 12-12 GP-GS 197-898 4 TD's 83 LONG 4.6 AVE/A 74.4 AVE/G. He also went 26-147 REC. Young's AVE/A dropped from 6.7 in 2015 to 4.6 AVE/A in 2016. Part of that was likely UMass playing five Power Five teams.

UMASS currently has four other RB's on the roster:

Bilal Ally #22 RB 5-10 190 SO 0-1 GP-GS 17-97 5.7 AVE/A 34 LONG
Tyshaun Ingram #21 RB 6-0 208 SO 0-11 GP-GS 5 TT on defense in 2016
Marcus Odiah #21 RB 6-0 197 RSFR Redshirted in 2016
Nick Orekoya #38 RB 5-9 203 SO 0-7 GP-GS on defense in 2017

This is a thin position for UMass. Young should break a 1,000 yards against a schedule with less SEC teams. Boston College was #1 in the ACC and #7 nationally against the rush.

Bilal Ally performed well with limited carries in 2016. Ally had 4,500 + yards rushing and scored 50 TD's in HS. He should get more carries in 2017.

Tyshaun Ingram averaged 6.2 yards/carry in HS.

Odiah and Orekoya are probably walk-ons.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

UMass Football Recruiting 2018--Stevie Scott II

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Back in May, I blogged about Stevie Scott, a 6-0 240 RB from Syracuse, NY.

He's a 247Sports three-star player. reports that his recruiting might be opening up after Syracuse appears to be out of the picture.

Scott has eleven offers including BC, UConn, Rutgers and Pitt from the Northeast. Syracuse already has two RB commits. BC and Rutgers have one.

UMass Football News--July 29th, 2017

Kevin Dillon of MassLive also has a story on Ford.

Ford went 11-9 GP-GS 222-365 2665 26 TD's 14 INT's 74 LONG 61% 7.3 AVE/P 242.3 AVE/G

Since Ford only started 9 games 75% of the season, we could expect him to have some pretty impressive numbers in 2017. Playing fewer Power Five teams in 2017 should also help. Ford would seem to be the locked-in starter for 2017 and 2018. 


UMass has five QB's on the Spring roster. Besides Ford there are:

Blaine Almeida #3 QB 5-11 191 RSFR DNP in 2016
Ross Comis #2 QB 6-0 200 RSJR 4-3 GP-GS 28-63 370 1 INT 1 TD 58 LONG 44% 5.9 AVE/P 92.5 AVE/G
Michael Curtis #17 QB 6-2 210 JUCO transfer in Spring
Randall West #13 QB 6-4 233 RSSO 3-0 GP-GS 3-5 45 yards 43 LONG

Comis' numbers were impacted because he started against #25 Florida and Boston College who had the #9 ranked defense in 2016. ACL injuries usually requires a year to heal, so he might not be 100% until later in the season.

Michael Curtis appears to have three years of eligibility.

In a 2-10 season, Randall West did not have much chance to play. 


Joe Biddle of says Tennessee is a "slam dunk" winner over UMass.

Speaking of the Vols, their current running back roster has a total of one career starts.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

UMass Football News--July 19th, 2017

Andy Isabella makes the preseason Bletnikoff Award Watch list.

Matty Vautour has a post on Isabella and Brenenman making preseason award lists.

UMass has eight wide receivers on the current roster:

Alfred Adarkwah #84 WR 6-4 195 RSJR DNP in 2016
Brennon Dingle #10 WR 5-9 174 RSFR Redshirted in 2016
Andy Isabella #23 WR 5-9 186 JR 10-12 GP-GS 62-801 7 TD's 55 LONG 5.2 REC/G
Connor Lemieux #25 WR 6-0 199 RSSR 0-9 GP-GS played special teams
Patrick O'Reilly, #89 WR 6-3 200 RSFR Redshirted in 2016
Sadiq Palmer #6 WR 6-1 175 SO 0-9 GP-GS 9-100 1 TD 23 LONG
Elijah Robinson #86 WR 6-1 164 RSFR Redshirted in 2016
Patrick Volcy #80 WR 6-3 190 FR In for Spring semester

The Minutemen did not get a lot of production from the WR's last year beyond Andy Isabella. He could get close to a 1,000 yards receiving in 2017. His 62 receptions in 2016 places him #8 on the UMass single season receptions list. That tied Tim Berra (1973). He moved Tajae Sharpe (2013) and Anthony Nelson (2010) to #10 . His 5.2 receptions/ game currently is #2 in career receptions/game behind Tajae Sharpe 5.89/career games

Sadiq Palmer is the only other returning player with some stats. He looks to be in a battle with Brennon Dingle for the "Y" receiver. Whipple could move Isabella to the slot and have Palmer and Dingle to the outside positions. Dingle had an outstanding Spring game.

UMass also brought in a pretty strong 2017 recruiting class. JUCO transfer Jacoby Herring is 6-5 and looks to get a lot of playing time right away.

Patrick Volcy was in for Spring ball and would seem to have an advantage over the other true freshmen.


UMass is one of only two schools with two receivers on the Bletnikoff Award List.


Charlie Strong looks to have an excellent season at USF.


Hartford Courant reporter Jeff Jacobs says "straight shooting" Randy Edsell is back at UConn.

UConn was picked last at the AAC preseason power poll.


The AAC pushes to be considered the 6th Power Conference.