2024 Season Preview
1-11 (0-0) Record
No Bowl Invitation
With the season starting today, what better time to get a look at the Minutemen and see if they have improved and to take a look at their schedule before they open in Week 1.
Coach @TBoostR, barring an unforeseen tragedy, is looking to be the first coach in UMass history to start two consecutive seasons for the Minutemen. In addition, the Minutemen are looking to have their first multi-win season in team history. Having played competitive football throughout 2023, the expectation around Amherst is to end this horrible streak in 2024.
JUCO Transfer DT Leon Green 6-3 302 Jr Kaskaskia College (Centralia IL) 4.0 of 5.0 [1-Gap]
QB Dennis Mackey 6-5 203 (Fr) Hoosac Valley (Cheshire MA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Scrambling]
RB Martin Johnson 5-7 190 Fr Medford (Medford MA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Power]
OG Elijah Sisson 6-2 281 Fr Mahar Regional (Orange MA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Pass Blocking]
ILB JaQuan Joiner 6-4 232 Fr Hillsborough (Tampa FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Mike]ILB Mohamed Bock 6-4 248 Fr Episcopal (Jacksonville FL) 3.0 of 3.0 [Mike]
ILB Ibrahima Walton 6-3 229 Fr Hillsborough (Tampa FL) 1.0 of 2.5 [Will]
After assessing the roster before the 2023 season, there was a distinct lack of depth across the entire roster. Keeping that in mind, Coach @TBoostR sought to get high character players that knew that winning would be a challenge. With JUCO DT Leon Green now plugging up the middle, teams won't be break off huge runs, a problem in 2023. Joining him on the defense are the three ILB's from Florida. UMass had absolutely no depth at ILB last year and all three should see significant playing time heading into the year.
Though technically not a new addition, there is a new signal caller in Dennis Mackey. He will be taking the reigns from incumbent redshirt senior ER Coleman. He brings some speed and playmaking ability that UMass hasn't had before. Expect him to be mobile in and out of the pocket. RB Martin Johnson and OG Elijah Sisson should make his life easier with very physical styles of play.
QB E.R. Coleman 6-4 195 (Sr) Bellefonte Area (Bellefonte, PA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Hybrid]
C Bruce Hoskins 6-3 291 (Jr) Millis (Millis MA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking]
FS Marc O'Malley 6-2 205 (Jr) Keefe Technical (Framingham MA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage]
On offense, we have two co-captains this year. C Bruce Hoskins has been with the program for four years despite having serious potential to play in the pros. His character and devotion to this team has given hope to the locker room. In a similar vein, QB ER Coleman is a redshirt senior that has been with the program since the beginning. Redshirting in 2020, he has been a part of all of the victories in UMass history. The leader in passing yards (4,305), Passing touchdowns (27), and wins (2), he stuck with the program despite its struggles.
On defense, FS Marc O'Malley has been a stable force in the secondary for the past two seasons. He looks to bolster his career stats and make a name for himself in scouting circles.
Week 0: BYE
Week 1: Charlotte
Week 2: @ Old Dominion
Week 3: @ Georgia Southern
Week 4: @ Ball State
Week 5: Appalachian State
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Army
Week 8: @ Northern Illinois
Week 9: Liberty
Week 10: FIU
Week 11: @ NMST
Week 12: USF
Week 13: @ UConn