Thursday, March 6, 2014

Recruiting 2015--Lukas Denis

ESPN Boston reports UMass has offered to Lukas Denis, a 5-11 170 pound DB from Everett, MA.

ESPN story here.

Hudl.com has some performance stats.


Junior highlights above.

Thursday--March 6th, 2014

Former UMass coach and player Bill Durkin has been hired at Costal Carolina.

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The Orlando Sentinel looks at five MAC games to watch in 2014. UMass at Miami is one of them.

A MAC helmet schedule is available here.

NIU football will hold their Pro Day tomorrow. Husky QB Jordan Lynch struggled in Northern Illinois' bowl game and again in East-West Shrine game. He needs a good showing to be drafted.

Ball State looks to replace star QB Keith Wenning.
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Colorado, one of four BCS opponents UMass faces this year has been struggling with inconsistent QB play.

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Lancaster Online says Penn State's brand is one of the most valuable in college football.

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The BC Blog "BC Interruption" reports five Eagles' players have left the team.

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The NCAA rules committee tabled the proposed slowdown rule.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Patsy Ratings - Lafayette's Class of 2018

Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani holds a fairly odd distinction: in the last four seasons, his Leopards have finished the season with a sub-.500 record, yet the Spotted Ones also have - of all things - a Patriot League championship, and a trip to the FCS Playoffs last season to show for it.

Such is life in the seven-team Patriot League: you can struggle like a Leopard in a freezer in September and October, yet thaw out in time for league play and make a run to win the Championship.

In fact it was one of the players represented in last year's Patsy Ratings, rising sophomore QB Drew Reed, that was a critical piece to their title run.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, he was a two-star rated player by all the major scouting agencies, and was a huge factor in their Patsy Rating.

This season, will the Leopards have another Reed in their class?  Will they have several?  Will they have more than several?  Will they have enough to have one of the best recruiting classes in the Patsy ratings this season?

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Recruiting 2015-- Joe Gaziano

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Yesterday I posted a link to an ESPN article stating UMass has offered to Joe Gaziano, a 6-4 240 pound DE/TE from Xaverian Brothers in Westwood, MA.

Hudl.com has stats and video.

Gaziano was ESPN's Boston Defensive Player-of-the-Year.

In this article from October 2013, the Boston Herald says Gaziano can do it all.

He also holds an offer from Boston College.

Wednesday--March5th, 2014

This article mentions Norvel Stewart, a 6-2 220 pound WR UMass recruit. I've blogged about Stewart before.

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Hustle Belt's Bryan Vance has the MAC's Pro-Day schedule.

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Buffalo started the league's Pro-Days Monday (warning- headache inducing graphics).

All 32 NFL teams showed up to see Khalil Mack work out.

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Comcast Sports Net Baltimore says the Ravens are unlikely to re-sign James Ihedigbo.

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Victor Cruz thinks he could run the ball.

CBS Local says fuhgeddaboudit!

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Football Scoop has the hottest college football program in the nation. Hint-- They'll be playing at McGuirk on November 12th.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Recruiting 2015--Derek Dumais

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ESPN Boston reports UMass has offered to Derek Dumais, a 6-5 320 pound OL/DL  from Marblehead, MA

ESPN article here.

Hudl.com has video.

The Minutemen are the first to offer to Dumais.


Tuesday--March 4th, 2014

Dan Malone has his UMass Athletics notebook with the standard info on the 2014 schedule.

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The MAC Blog "Hustle Belt" has a fan post predicting UMass will jump to 4th in the MAC East.

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Rutgers has new recruiting tool, a custom Rutgers football app.

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When Bowling Green visits McGuirk 09/27/14, the Falcons will be the first FBS team to visit Amherst since Ball State on Sept 1, 1984 (UMass won 26-10). The Bowling Green News previews the 2014 football team.

The MAC Report online says the Falcons are upbeat about uptempo.

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Colorado, our second BCS OOC opponent in 2014, is aiming higher.

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Athlon Sports ranks the BCS teams 2014 rosters: Penn State 27th, Vanderbilt 45th, Boston College 59th and Colorado 65th.

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