It looks like starting quarterback Kellen Pagel is back at it, but he’s still not 100 percent.
Harry Plumer reported that Pagel “participated in drills” but not take snaps in the “7-on-7 or 11-on-11″ drills. With the first game of the season almost two weeks away, Pagel is going to need to come out 100 percent, soon. If not, it’s hard to imagine that he will have a strong grasp on the offense on August 30.
Plumer’s article also mentions that A.J. Doyle is pushing Mike Wegzyn for the backup (or starting?) spot.
Hopefully the confusion that the quarterback spot gets sorted out during the next week. A no-huddle, pro-style offense needs an efficient signal caller to run.
Phil Steele put together a list of every FBS school’s record during the past decade, and UMass’ ranks among the best. Of course, the Minutemen were an FCS team for all those years, so the numbers must be taken with a grain of salt.
According to Steele, UMass has a 77-43 record, good for 26th overall. That winning percentage (64.14%) is better than such powerhouses as Arkansas, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and, for the record, UConn.
UMass also lived quite comfortably in the confines of McGuirk and went 47-12 during the same time period. That’s good for 18th best in the country. The Minutemen were one game under .500 on the road.
Again, take it with a grain of salt.
Schuman’s National Underclassmen had its “2013 Head Scratchers” list, which outlines all the 2013 recruits that have inexplicably been under-recruited so far. On that list is Josh Morris, a wide receiver from Rhode Island that has has piqued UMass’ interest. He attended UMass’ Spring Game.
Check out the writeup:
Morris stood out as a receiver in the most talented NUC Five-Star event. This event easily had 40 DI prospects on hand. I have to think that most colleges can’t believe that there is a legit DI prospect in the state of Rhode Island. This leaves him to be recruited by mostly FCS schools in the Northeast. I am willing to bet that this kid is willing to go anywhere in the country to prove he can excel at the DI level. He should have some Big East and MAC schools all over him. Yes he is also the reigning Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year.