Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the UMass Minutemen season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: UMass Minutemen
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– UMass Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
UMass specialized in being the coffee’s for closers only program.
This is the team that played eight games decided by ten points or fewer, got into wild shootouts with Maine, FIU and Georgia Southern, and pushed Tennessee and Mississippi State way too hard in games it could’ve and probably should’ve won.
In a season-was-half-full way, UMass lost four games by a touchdown or less and wasn’t able to create or catch a break over an 0-6 start.
But the season was more than half empty – UMass lost a whole lot of those close games to really bad teams.
Yeah, okay, considering the offensive talent returning, it’s easy to think that the team that gave two SEC schools a hard time and beat a strong Appalachian State squad might be ready to do a lot more. But the Minutemen lost to Hawaii.
They lost to Coastal Carolina. They lost to Old Dominion. Granted, that was at the beginning of the year, and team matured and improved as the season went on, but still … just win those easy games already.
The defense is going to be a problem early on. The secondary is solid, but the front seven got gutted with almost all the veteran tacklers needing to be replaced. There are some nice players up front, but they’ll have to grow up fast.
It’s the other side of the ball that’s the fun part, getting back terrific QB Andrew Young and almost everyone who matters from the receiving corps. Throw in a line that returns four starters, and a good back in Marquis Young, and UMass should be able to outbomb its way to a few more wins.
In theory, this should all work and the Minutemen should be in the mix for a winning season. But now they have to actually win these games.