Decent amount of football news out there – some neutral and some pretty bad.
For some reason, the Seattle Post Intelligencer has a preview on the UMass/Texas Tech football game this weekend. The article is pretty down-the-middle, and doesn’t exactly give a whole lot of information we didn’t already know.
Opponents are scoring 36.7 ppg against UMass, which is yielding 383.7 total ypg. Clearly, there is room for the defense to improve. Stopping the run has proven to be extremely problematic, as foes are generating 215.0 total ypg on an average of 5.0 ypc. Of the 14 touchdowns that opposing offenses have registered against the Minutemen, nine have come on the ground.
As most football fans know, Texas Tech isn’t exactly known for its ground game. The Red Raiders are going to do their best to pick apart the Maroon and White’s secondary with its outstanding passing game.
However, it appears Tech isn’t afraid to hit the trenches.
As for the ground attack, Baron Batch is averaging 8.8 ypc on 21 attempts, and Shannon Woods has reached the end zone four times. “We are going to make plays,” said Batch of the role that he and Woods play in the offense. “So if were passing and that’s working, then that’s fine with me. But we can always run, we have play makers in every position.”
Should be a scary game – I just hope it prepares the Minutemen for the rest of the season.
Now for the bad: Folarinde Aiyeku, a former UMass football player, is going to jail after pleading guilty to assaulting Kevin Maresco, a former UMass hockey player, in 2007.
Janda Ricci-Munn, a former UMass track and cross-country athlete, finished fifth at the Subaru 70.3 Muskoka Ironman in Huntsville, Ontario.
Tevin Baskin, a UMass basketball recruit, is looking at schools and doesn’t appear to have a favorite yet.
He’s checking out Amherst in October.
“I haven’t heard from Rutgers and St. John’s, or any of the Big East schools really,” he said. “I have no favorite. Schools are still coming in.”