Bettor George Georgopoulos put Minutemen in the best possible positions against Toledo
Having a good bettor can be a paradox. It’s definitely better than having a bad punter, but when you notice how good a punter is, well that means the attack isn’t picking up early tries or scoring touchdowns. .
UMass punter George Georgopoulos was impossible to ignore in a 45-7 loss to Toledo on Saturday. The Greenville, SC junior hit five of his eight punters over 50 yards, averaging 52.9 yards per kick. Three of them fell inside the 20. One carried and rolled 66 meters.
“I felt like another day. After hitting a ball I was thinking of the next rep, ”said Georgopoulos. “I didn’t go back to think about how good or bad that was, I just wanted the next rep and I wanted him to be successful.”
Bettors don’t really want to stand out. Georgopoulos credited his gunners with making impact tackles on potential returns and knocking down football
“It’s not just about me. It’s in my big punt team. There are guys who want to go on the pitch and who want to make those tackles, ”said Georgopoulos. “I am grateful for them because they are getting there.”
He also credited UMass long snapper Evan Deckers as one of the best in the country.
“Every time he does a great job getting him back there and he takes his job very seriously. He’s a guy who comes day after day wanting to get it right and wanting to have a perfect ball every time, ”said Georgopoulos. “I rely on him a lot and I am grateful to him. I wouldn’t want anyone else.
He also recognizes where his success fits into the larger team context and how he can help other UMass units. Toledo has only scored 17 points in his eight practices that began after punters from Georgopoulos. The Rockets scored 28 points after UMass’s four turnovers, scoring a touchdown each time.
“I’m glad we can help our defense a lot by doing this,” said Georgopoulos. “By pinning them there the offense has a lower touchdown percentage so I just want to help our defense as much as possible.”
INJURIES – Running back Kay’Ron Adams is out for the year with a “pretty significant ankle injury,” UMass coach Walt Bell said on Tuesday. Rutgers’ transfer will be made on Wednesday.
Bell also said he was unsure whether they would have cornerbacks Josh Wallace and Donte Lindsay against UConn on Saturday. The starters missed the Toledo game.
Offensive lineman Max Longman will be a game time decision.
BEAUTIFUL TIME – With Adams out, that leaves junior Ellis Merriweather as UMass’s only healthy purse. He ran for a career-high 144 yards on 23 carries against Eastern Michigan the last time he was the Minutemen’s star back with Adams out.
“It allows me to go to practice and be intentional with whatever I’m trying to accomplish. I don’t think about protecting myself, I think about putting everything on the line. When it comes to staying healthy, I just think about how I can be better for the team, ”said Merriweather. “It’s unfortunate for Kay’ron. He is my brother. He will be missed in our waiting room. But sometimes you have to have this next man mentality. I try to make the most of my opportunity.
It will also likely open up some races for Carter Scudo of Milfford, who spelled Merriweather against the Eagles. The transfer of Bowdoin Jared Chisari is the only other running back to have carried the ball (four races, 15 yards).
But it will be Merriweather’s show.
“We’re going to ride it until the wheels drop off,” Bell said.
EXECUTION – UMass have allowed their opponent to score the first in all five games this season and have no touchdowns in the first quarter.
“It’s our challenge right now is running early in the football game, especially offensively, falling behind early. He is doing everything in our power to establish a clear and precise game plan that we can execute, especially with a young quarterback, “said Bell.” We have to come out, start fast and get in a position to play good football. “
Bell and the players both pointed to a lack of match day execution rather than structural issues with training or preparation.
“Coach Bell called the good games. He put us in the right positions, ”said Merriweather. “We didn’t execute him. It boils down to individual execution.
Bell has consistently praised the way the team has trained and behaved even though the results didn’t match up.
“You talk about determination, you talk about managing adversity well. You talk about a bunch of guys who come and hit the rock with the hammer every day, these are our guys. Our guys are training incredibly well, ”said Bell. “We will continue to do what we are doing. If we keep swinging the hammer, the stone will break.
UCONN LOSE SPARK – Huskies quarterback Tyler Phommachanh, who has brought UConn’s offense to life in recent games with his arms and legs, is out indefinitely, the interim head coach said on Tuesday. from UConn, Lou Spanos.
Phommachanh, a native of Stratford, Connecticut, gained 92 rushing yards and two runs and threw for 321 yards and another touchdown. The two occupy the second place of the team.
Sophomore Steven Karjewski has played all five games this season, while Jack Zergiotis has made two appearances.
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