About 11 years ago, I was a high school football player down in Florida. I spent my afternoons and early evenings fighting off mosquitoes, heat and the humbling reality that neither me nor my team were very good at football. Our team was slow, we had no depth, and our only saving grace was the fact that we were too dumb to know how outrageously talented every other team in our division was. We lost, a lot, by a lot – to almost everyone. The first game of the year had us against Glades Day – a traditional football powerhouse that, [...]
Each week during the season, Charley Molnar will chat with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s (and Maroon Musket’s) Marc Bertrand about UMass’ upcoming game. You can listen to the interview each week at CBSBostonSports.com. Click here to listen to this week’s interview.
UMass has released its first official depth chart as an FBS program. First thought: UMass is young. The Minutemen are starting four freshmen – redshirt or true – on offense. Redshirt freshman Mike Wegzyn is starting quarterback, true freshman Tajae Sharpe beat out Deion Walker for a wide receiver spot, true freshman Michael Boland is starting at left guard, and redshirt freshman Jamie Casselberry is the right guard. The offensive line has been hit by the youth infusion particularly hard. Redshirt freshman John Wallace, who had been battling Boland for the right guard position, is his backup. Meanwhile, Matt Sparks, the true freshman from [...]
It sounds like the Great Kicker Battle of 2012 finally has a winner. Sort of. According to Harry Plumer, freshman Blake Lucas will be UMass’ placekicker against UConn, while incumbent Brendon Levengood will kick off, and Jeff Strait will punt. Lucas is a Georgia native who committed to UMass as a preferred walk-on in March. The new kicking breakdown leaves a number of reported newcomers out in the cold. During this past off season, the Minutemen added Colter Johnson (transfer), Jeremy Stinson(preferred walk-on), and Ian Maltz (unclear whether he committed as a scholarship athlete or a preferred walk-on), and Lucas. This may mean that [...]