Mass. College Football: News & Notes From The Offseason

By Matt Noonan 

The 2013 college football season officially concluded last week when Auburn and Florida State competed in the BCS National Championship. And while it literally has been a week since the final game was played, there is some news to pass along from the current offseason regarding Boston College and UMass.

Boston College Welcomes Murphy and Silberman: As noted in the Boston Globe, the Eagles will welcome two transfers from the University of Florida that’ll be participating in their final year of eligibility. Fifth-year graduate transfers Tyler Murphy (QB) and Ian Silberman (OL) will both be competing for jobs on a squad that’ll look to fill graduating losses.

Murphy went 2-4 as a starter last season, and threw for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns.

Silberman, who began his team’s 2013 slate as an offensive tackle, moved to guard and played in eight games (started four games).

Mark Whipple Returns To UMass:  Former head coach Mark Whipple, who guided the Minutemen to the 1998 Division 1-AA national championship, was named the University of Massachusetts’ new head coach at yesterday’s news conference in Amherst.

Whipple inherits a Bowl Subdivision unit that posted a pair of 1-11 marks over the last two seasons.

“We will take this program to the next level,” Whipple told the Boston Globe. “We’re here to get jewelry. That’s the goal. It always has been at UMass, and always will be.”

Mass. College Football: Late Saturday Afternoon Roundup

By Matt Noonan 

Here are the late afternoon scores and highlights.

No. 3 Clemson 24, Boston College 14: Quarterback Chase Rettig provided the Eagles with a four-point advantage on 69-yard touchdown strike to Alex Amidon in the third before the Tigers responded with two more touchdowns to pull away for good. Rettig completed 13-of-21 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown, while Amidon finished with six grabs for 121 yards and one touchdown.

UMass 17, Miami (Ohio) 10: The Minutemen earned their first victory of the season thanks to a third quarter touchdown pass from A.J. Doyle and a 25-yard field goal by Blake Lucas in the fourth quarter. Doyle tossed two touchdowns and finished 19-of-35 for 249 yards.

Husson 35, Anna Maria 14: Quarterback Gregory McGoldrick tossed two touchdowns and completed 23-of-36 passes for 299 yards, but that wasn’t enough to help the AMCATs rally to victory. Running back Robert Small was held to 17 yards on 14 carries, but did haul in five catches for 98 yards and one touchdown. Small’s teammate, William Ricard, led all receivers with eight grabs for 103 yards and one touchdown.

SUNY Maritime 30, Becker 7: Dejahn Dawkins registered the only touchdown for the Hawks on a 14-yard scamper, which provided Becker with a four-point advantage in the second before the Pioneers retained the lead for good.

Mass. College Football: BC Football Links From Around The Web

By Matt Noonan 

The Boston College Eagles football team kicked-off their training camp on Monday in preparations for their upcoming season, which begins on August 31 against Villanova.

The Eagles, who are coming off a 2-10 campaign, will be guided by first-year head coach Steve Addazio, the former Temple University coach from last season.

So, in honor of the Eagles camp, we’ve provided a few links below from around the web, as well as linked quotes from yesterday’s practice, too, which can also be found on the college athletic department’s website.

Finally, if you’re interested in learning more about the Eagles this season, give their Twitter handle (@BCFootballNews) a follow!

LINKS: 

* As mentioned above, here’s a few post-camp quotes from Addazio — HOP HERE

* The Boston Globe’s Michael Vega wrote a feature about wide receiver Alex Amidon, who will be one of the team’s go-to receivers this season.

* Looking for a variety of updates on today’s media day or perhaps all things Eagles? Head over to BC Interuption, a SB Nation website, which provides extensive coverage on the maroon and gold.

* On Sunday, ESPNBoston.com’s Jack McCluskey wrote a blog about three things to watch for in the Eagles training camp.

Mass. College Football: Week 11 Honor Roll

By NoontimeSports.com 

For the final time this season, here is our Week 11 Noontime Sports Weekly Honor Roll.

Alex Amidon (Boston College) – Against Notre Dame on Saturday evening, the junior wide receiver set the single-season record for receiving yards with 84 yards against the Fighting Irish. Amidon’s total receiving yards is now 1,156 yards, which surpasses Brian Brennan’s record of 1,149 yards (original record was set in 1983).

Erik Wachter (Holy Cross) – Despite being apart of a heartbreaking loss to Wagner, the senior linebacker led the Crusaders with 20 tackles (18 solo). He finished the game with one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Ryan Delaire (Massachusetts) – The sophomore defensive lineman secured the Minutemen’s first win of the season by sacking Akron’s quarterback Dalton Williams with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. The sack was his only tackle in the contest, but he also registered a forced a fumble, too.

Jaquawne Simpkins (American International) – In the inaugural Northeast-10 Conference Football Championship against New Haven, the sophomore linebacker led the Yellow Jackets with 15 tackles (nine solo). After the game concluded, Simpkins was named to the All-Championship team.

Rudolph Lewis (Mount Ida College) – Before his team claimed the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference crown, the freshman from Roslindale recorded three tackles (two solo), 1.5 sacks, and 2.5 tackles for a loss. He also hurried his opponent’s quarterback twice.

Sean Wilson (Amherst College) – The freshman running back played an enormous role in his team’s 23-20 victory against Williams College last Saturday. And even though he didn’t reach the end zone, he recorded 127 yards on 21 carries.

John Dodds (Tufts University) – In his final collegiate football game against Middlebury College, the senior quarterback completed 23-of-41 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown.

Alex Scyocurka (Williams College) – Similar to Wilson, Scyocurka didn’t reach the end zone, but managed to tally 135 yards on 25 carries in his team’s final game of the season.

Alex Torti (Framingham State) – In the final New England Football Conference Championship against Salve Regina, the junior defensive end from Hopkinton recorded three solo tackles and two fumble recoveries. Torti’s second fumble recovery was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, which sealed the victory for the Rams.

James Muirhead (Framingham State) – The senior from Middleboro led the Rams defense with eight tackles (six solo). He also recorded one sack, three tackles for a loss and one forced fumble. Muirhead was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, too.

BC-Army Football Kick-Off Scheduled For Oct. 6 at 12pm

By NoontimeSports.com 

According to sources, as well as the Boston College Athletic Department — Army and BC will meet for the 37th time on the gridiron this fall when the Eagles travel to West Point, New York to face the Black Knights on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 12pm. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

BC has won 24 of the 36 meetings, which included a 37-17 victory on Sept. 22, 2007, at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Eagles will enter the contest on a five-game winning streak against the Black Knights, too.

For more information on this particular contest – CLICK HERE.