Saturday, April 21, 2018

UMass Football Recruiting 2019--Bam Brina II

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I've blogged about Bam Brima (good name), a 6-6 230 pound DE from Williamsport PA before.

This article from 247Sports lists Brima as a Top-25 recruit from Pennsylvania.

Bama currently has six offers with Buffalo and Temple joining UMass from the Northeast.

UMass Football News--April 21st, 2018


Mike Traini of "Fight Massachusetts" has a post about Michigan joining one of the UMass training camps this summer.

This is good work by the UMass staff. The presence of Michigan should help attract more (and better) recruits. The Minutemen need a good recruiting year in 2019. UMass had less-than-optimal results in 2018.

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Ryan Bamfod Tweets Coach Whipple's contract extension will be announced soon.

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Former UMass OL Jack Driscoll visits UCLA.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Recruiting 2019--Patrick McMurtrie

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Patrick McMurtrie, a 6-5 285 pound OL from Montvale, NJ has Tweeted he's received an offer from UMass.

247Sports page here.

Hudl.com has video.

NCSA recruiting profile here.

Besides UMass, McMurtrie has FBS offers from Buffalo, Old Dominion and Temple.

UMass Football News--April 20th, 2018

Colorado plays New Hampshire this year and UMass in 2021. Maybe I'll get a chance to see Ralphie run yet.

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The Amherst police had some alcohol related calls after the student tailgate at the Spring game.

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BYU aims to have "the toughest" O-line in the country in 2018.

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In 2017, Steve Addazio was Boston College's highest paid employee.

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Fifty-three of 129 college football programs sell beer at their stadiums during games.

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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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