Tuesday, November 21, 2017

UMass Football News--November 21st, 2017

Coach Walker is UMass' recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach.


Adam Breneman has accepted his invite to the Senior Bowl.

Breneman did not make the three finalists for the Mackey Award. Breneman is currently 2nd in receiving yards by TE and 2nd in receptions per game by a TE.


The Deseret News says even in a down year, we can be grateful for football.

The Herald reports BYU is not treating the trip to Hawaii as a vacation.

247Sports ranks the Cougars #56 in 2018 recruiting with 12 three-star recruits and one four-star.


ESPN predicts Temple, Appalachian State, Ohio, Mississippi State and FIU will be a bowl.

Old Dominion is currently 5-6 and needs a win over Middle Tennessee to become bowl eligible. If UMass had beaten Hawaii (3-8) or Coastal Carolina (2-9) we'd be playing for a bowl invite ourselves.


Monday, November 20, 2017

UMass Football 2019 recruiting ---LLoyd Summerall

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Lloyd Summerall, a 6-6 210 pound DE from Auburndale, FL has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

Hudl.com has video.

247Sports page here.

MaxPreps has stats.

Just received an offer from Pitt.

Summerall holds eight offers including a number of Power Five teams. UMass and Pitt are the only offers from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--November 20th, 2017

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" recaps the BYU game.


The BYU website has a pretty awesome image gallery from Saturday's game.


SB Nation has a FBS ranking after the November 18th games that has UMass as #81. A win at FIU could push UMass into the top 50%.


Keepers College Football rankings has UMass as #101.


BYU looks to rebound against Hawaii after a loss to "lowly" UMass.

KSL.com says the Cougars were outclassed by UMass.

The Deseret News says BYU-Hawaii will be a de facto bowl game for the two teams involved. The same reasoning could hold for UMass-FIU. It'll be in warm weather and the game will be in December. Except for the FCS playoffs, UMass has not played in December in a long while.


FIU tries to shake off a pair of losses in one week in order to get ready for Western Kentucky. The Panthers lost star WR Thomas Owens to a knee injury. He could miss the UMass game.

The Sports Chat Place picks WKU to cover the spread against FIU.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

UMass Football News--November 19th, 2017

UMass defeated BYU in Provo in a defensive gem by the Minutemen defense. Before the game the BYU press was saying the Cougar offensive line was the best unit in the team. BYU had run for over 260 yards the game before against UNLV. The UMass defense held BYU to 42 yards after subtracting sack yardage. The Minutemen defense had seven sacks and eight tackles for loss. The UMass corners played great all game. Everyone flew to the ball. The defensive linemen had three batted balls.

The offense did just enough to win. I think we went into a shell a little too early, but the defense held and we beat a Power Five team for the first time.

Congrats to the team and all the blog readers who stayed positive.


UMass write-up here.

BYU write-up here.

Matty Vautour says it was a milestone win.

The Deseret News says BYU hit historic lows.

The News reports the BYU loss mirrored the whole 2017 season.

Dick Harmon reports BYU knew the UMass blitz was coming but still couldn't handle it.

The Herald says it was a UMass deconstruction.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports it was a embarrassing loss for the Cougars.

SB Nation says BYU hit rock bottom.

It was a bad day for Cougar fans as the BYU hoops team was blown out on their home court by UT Arlington.


FIU was crushed by FAU 52-24 to guarantee the December 2nd game with UMass will happen.

Hawaii lost to Utah State 38-0.

Coastal Carolina beat Idaho for their first ever Sun Belt conference win.

Old Dominion edged Rice 24-21 to keep their bowl hopes alive.

UCF rolled over Temple 45-19.

Tennessee lost to LSU and fell to 4-7.

Ohio lost to Akron on Tuesday. The Bobcats are still 8-3 for the year.

Georgia Southern beat Southern Alabama 52-0. What!?

Appalachian State had a bye.

Mississippi State moved to 8-3 with a win over Arkansas.

Maine gave up a Hail Mary TD pass with six seconds left to lose to Stony Brook.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Game Day--BYU


How sweet it is!


UMass has a chance for a historic win today. The relative strengths of the two programs are far closer than we expected before the season. UMass has scored points all year. The defense is playing better. Since Logan Laurant's Renaissance, the kicking game has improved mightily. When the kicking game got better, so did UMass.

Last year we killed ourselves with turnovers. The Minutemen's defense has been getting some of their own over the last four games. We need to stop the BYU running game and make a third-string QB try to beat us passing.

Nevertheless, beating what is essentially a Power Five team on their home field is a tall order. The altitude in Provo is another challenge. Last year the Minutemen were cramping up all over.

I'll be watching and hoping for a big Minutemen win.

Go UMass!


Matty Vautour says UMass is hunting a potential huge win.

The Boston Herald reports UMass is looking for a road win over fellow Independent BYU.

The Deseret News has how to watch, stream or attend the game. The game will also be available on ESPN3.

Athlon Sports predicts BYU 27 UMass 21.

The Salt Lake Tribune says surging UMass looks capable of handing BYU its first November home loss since 2005.

Cougar Blue has five true facts about the Minutemen.

The Deseret News predicts BYU 31 UMass 28.


Friday, November 17, 2017

UMass Football News--November 17th, 2017

A quick look at BYU:

Last year the Cougars went 9-4 with victories over Arizona and Michigan State. They beat Wyoming 24-21 in the Poinsettia Bowl. This year, BYU is having a once-in-a-generation bad year for them. The Cougars are 3-8 with wins over FCS Portland State, San Jose State and UNLV. BYU is down to their third-string QB Joe Critchlow. However, their struggles started with starter Tanner Mangum. The Cougars are #120 in the nation in total offense. They are #61 in scoring defense allowing only 25.9 points a game.

BYU will want to run the ball with all-name team Squally Canada (5-11 217). He's gone 92-546 5.9 AVE 4 TD's. Canada ran for 213 yards and a 8.5 yards/carry against UNLV. Stopping Canada will be a priority for the UMass defense. BYU probably won't win a passing contest with UMass' offense.

A chance like this won't come very often. BYU has Power Five fan base and program. They should be in the Big 12 or PAC Ten. A win over the Cougars (even during this year) would be a major milestone for the Minutemen.

Go UMass!


Matty Vautour says BYU presents another chance for revenge. I was there last year in Provo. The Minutemen played the Cougars even for the first half, then fell apart in the second ---really fell apart. Ford threw a INT for pick-six. We had a punt blocked to give BYU a short field. We fumbled two kick returns to give BYU more field position and we had a running-into-the-punter penalty that allowed another BYU scoring drive to continue. UMass gave away 28 points in second half.

Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" previews the BYU game.

Cougar Blue ranks UMass #9 in BYU opponent power rankings.

The Deseret News reports the Minutemen's complex offense will poise problems for BYU's defense.

Saturday's game will be Senior Day for the Cougars.

BYU wants to send the seniors off with a win.

BYU QB "Big Critch" is taking his new celebrity status in stride.

SB Nation picks UMass 26 BYU 25.

Bleacher Report predicts UMass 38 BYU 35.

Athlon Sports predicts UMass 24 BYU 21.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

UMass Football News--November 16th, 2017

Andy Isabella has gone 10-10 GP-GS 51-841 16.5 AVE 8 TD's 69 LONG 84.1 yards/game so far in 2017. Isabella's 8 TD's tie him with Jeremy Horne (2008) and Adrian Zullo (1998) for #10 in the UMass single season pass-reception touchdowns history. He needs 10 receptions more to break into the single season top ten in that category and 81 more reception yards make the top ten in single season receiving yards.


UMass starting MLB Bryton Barr is contemplating his seventh season of college football.


The Salt Lake Tribune reports Joe Critchlow has gone from missionary to fifth-stringer to starting QB for BYU.

Former NFL QB Brad Sorensen is cautiously optimistic about Joe Critchlow as the Cougars starting QB.

Former BYU starter Koy Detmer, is trying to be a player-coach for the Cougar's QB's.

Cougar offensive coordinator Ty Detmer's job may be in Joe Critchlow's hands.


Idaho has three victories in 2017 and is dealing with QB injury problems as they host one-win Coastal Carolina.


Mississippi State is #16 in the college football playoff rankings.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

UMass Football recruiting 2018--DJ Williams

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DJ Willimas, 5-9 185 pound DB from Independence Community College has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

This article from May 2017 features Williams.

His bio at Independence has some stats.

Williams has fourteen offers including Buffalo and UMass from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--November 15th, 2017

Adam Breneman has been selected as one of eight Mackey Award Finalists.


Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" reports the second game in the Maine series has been rescheduled to 2021.

Another master move by AD Ryan Bamford which allows UMass to play Rutgers in 2019. The Scarlet Knights are a Northeast FBS team (and there is not a lot of them), plus they are beatable. Rutgers is 4-6 this year with a loss to Eastern Michigan. This is better than another trip to Penn State or West Virginia who is currently tied for second in the Big Twelve.

Future UMass schedules here.


The UMass Daily Collegian reports UMass sets its sights on BYU.


The Lawless Republic relates three things to know about the UMass Minutemen.

One of the three things is Andrew Ford.

Another is RB Marquis Young.


SB Nation ranks all 130 teams and has UMass out of the bottom third of FBS.

The Herald Extra reports the Cougars defensive backfield is working to improve.

The Deseret News says the BYU defense is benefiting from the recent success of the offense.

According to the Deseret News Cougar players watched to UMass-Mississippi State game.