September 17, 2010 by staff
George Parks, With the University of Massachusetts Minutemen coming to town on Saturday, I realized that we, as Michigan fans know very little about our next opponent. If you’re looking for a well-documented preview, Beauford has you covered. But to me, I need something a little closer to the source. In an attempt to gather information about the pending threat 1AA, got in touch with the University of Massachusetts Football blog and invited them to join us for a little Q & a session to better inform us about your program. In return, I provided some information a bit in places to eat and drink in Ann Arbor, and a little insite into what is happening in the last two games. You can find my answers to your questions very well here.
Before we begin, I want to send my condolences and I am sure the sympathy of the entire Michigan fan base to the family of the University of Massachusetts in the loss of UMass Band Director George Parks. Doctors have reported that Mr. Parks was due to a heart attack last night. For 33 years, Mr. Parks was the director of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Minuteman Marching Band. Unfortunately, he died following a performance by the band in Ohio. He will be missed. Rest in peace, George Parks.
So please, fans of Michigan, to see the band University of Massachusetts in the field or en route to the Big House, giving them a standing ovation and shake hands. It just lost someone special. Like other college football fans and the music, do everything possible to lift the spirits and show them a good time this weekend.
Now about the question and answer with the football blog, University of Massachusetts. Six questions and some answers too low.
1. Earlier in the offseason took John Griffin as the best player and the player Michigan fans going to hate when UMass comes calling this weekend. Can I pick right in this? Griffin is the best player or someone in their most dangerous player?
I’d say at least half right. John Griffin, a 6-0 transfer Pd 210, Northeastern, has alternated series with our own Jonathan Hernandez, who is 11.5 190. Have combined for 353 yards and 5 TD in two games. Griffin, a player first-team All-CAA, Northeastern, is more of a fullback and Hernandez is a man slashing. If the University of Massachusetts has any hope of beating Michigan, the two players have to be productive. Indeed, it would probably be the best defense against Denard Robinson. Even he can score standing on the sideline.
2. William and Mary UMass limited to 334 yards in a comeback win then demolished Santa Cruz only giving up 213 yards. What type of defense UMass game (3-4/4-3/3-3-5)? Nothing special we should know?
UMass normally plays a base defense 3.4. However, in the past against teams broadcast flag, which typically have thrown a linebacker and played extra safety. Last week we also had some 3-4. University of Massachusetts is starting four new defensive linemen this year. Before the game of William & Mary had a total of two career starts between the four of them. However, the University of Massachusetts fans have been pleased with the new line D to date. What has been lacking in experience, they have done with effort. RB Jonathan Grimes Tribe had a very good game against Virginia IA last year. He got 67 yards against us. The defensive line must be active to keep blockers Michigan or our linebackers will be a real long day Minutemen. Our D-backs have been thrown into a batch in the first two games because of William & Mary and Holy Cross could not run with the ball. They have 13 bkup pass in two games.
3. Who are your two best defensive players?
The strength of the defense of the University of Massachusetts is in our linebackers. Tyler Holmes 6-0 215 is a FCS All-American. Transfer Syracuse 6-0 220 Mike Mele started 14 games for the Orange. Flanagan transfer Brandon Buffalo 06.02 300 has been playing well in the new D-line. This could be a good place to tell the fans of Michigan University of Massachusetts has 9 FBS / IA transfers (if I counted right) on our list. Three transfers added to the FCS / I-AA teams. In addition to John Griffin, WR Anthony Nelson 10.05 180 Hofstra transfer and Greg Niland 6.5 300 Pd transfer Northeastern guard has started for us. Both Hofstra and Northeastern dropped its football program after the 2009 season. : (4. His crime seems to be the placement of large numbers using a pro attack behind two offices with talent and a solid passer. What is the strongest aspect of UMass offensive attack?
Offensive force at the University of Massachusetts is our running game. Minuteman offensive line averages just less than 305 pounds of 5.6. Our Nick Speller 5.6 LT 335 is a transfer from Syracuse and was a freshman on the All-Big East last year. QB Kyle Havenshad a rough introduction to the football division last year, but has been much better this year. Ports must develop enough of a passing game that Michigan cannot put eight in the box to stop our running game. University of Massachusetts has to run the ball to have any chance Saturday.
5. Entering this season, what were the goals that the fans of the University of Massachusetts had before the game? Has the success of FCS schools this season against FBS schools?
With only 9 all begin returning was picking the University of Massachusetts in the lower regions of the CEA. Like Michigan, it now appears that the Minutemen are much better than everyone thought. The fans are thinking Playoffs University of Massachusetts. As for our hopes of Michigan, University of Massachusetts is playing to win. In the past we have been very competitive in FBS / IA games. Last year against Kansas State were down by four in the fourth quarter and had the ball twice. Michigan, with 113.00 + fans and the best player in college football Denard Robinson is a huge challenge. Anyway, we will show, playing the game and see what happens.
6. Okay, give me a final score. What down?
I have been avoiding to give a rating by the University of Massachusetts has so many new players. It is clear that we’ve added some really good people. If UMass plays to his potential, I say that the Minutemen stay close. I think the brain trust of Michigan can help the cause a bit of keeping something secret Robinson. Why run the risk of harm against a FCS team? If all the new owners look around the 100 thousand fans and you get nervous, then it will be a long day for the Minutemen.
My thanks to the University of Massachusetts Football blog to join the fun. Go Blue!
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