Former Massachusetts running back Michael Cox was selected by the New York Giants with 47th pick of the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft on Sunday.
Cox, who joined the Minutemen in the summer of 2012 after receiving his degree from Michigan, ran for 715 yards and five touchdowns on 198 attempts in 2012. Should he make Giants’ 53-man roster (which might be a long shot given his seventh-round status), Cox would join former UMass wide receiver Victor Cruz in New York as the newest NFL player to come from the Minutemen’s ranks.
Though the Giants selected running back David Wilson in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, there is potentially room on the depth chart for Cox following the free agency departure of long time back Ahmad Bradshaw.
Cox graduated from Michigan and then transferred to Massachusetts to get more playing time. He has good size and adequate speed, but limited experience is an issue and he hasn’t shown he can contribute on third down.
Starters: Andrew Grant (0-3, 9.00) vs. Mark Leiter Jr. (3-3, 3.38)
Because Sunday is Easter, the final two games of the Minutemen’s weekend series with the Highlanders are being played as a double-header today.
UMass snapped its 10-game losing streak on Friday with a 10-4 win in the series opener against NJIT. D.J. Jauss threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs (one earned) while striking out seven to pick up the victory for the Minutemen.
Timbilla in control: Rashida Timbilla played the strongest first half of her teammates in the penultimate game of her freshman campaign. Along with eight points, Timbilla has grabbed eight boards, four on other side of the ball. She is 3-of-8 from the field and added a pair from the line. Furthermore, her three assists also comprise half of the teams dimes and while on defense she has three steals. Her presence in the key on the boards has been a catalyst for the Minutewomen because of Jasmine Watson’s foul trouble.
Foul trouble for the Minutwomen: Jasmine Watson only registered eight minutes in the first twenty, having to come off with two fouls early on. Fortunately, Watson’s absence has not made it hard for the team with Timbilla stepping up and Emily Mital being able to find her shooting touch. Aisha Rodney has also offered up six points and three boards in the Watson’s place. Timbilla is also in trouble with two personal fouls of her own, however her level of play has forced UMass coach Sharon Dawley to keep her on the floor. Watson’s fellow senior teammate Dee Montgomery also has a pair of fouls
Jessica Pachko big for XU: Xavier closed out the half with 24 points, half of which came through their center Jessica Pachko. Her early frustrations resulted in a warning from the refs, but after a brief cooling off period on the bench Pachko has kept the Musketeers competitive in the game. With much of the teams offense running through her, the XU big has showcased her ability to cut sharply in the key to get to the hoop for easy lay ups, while also requiring a defender down low to free up space in the zone.
Today is the final game of the season for UMass, which enters mired in a 12-game losing streak. The Minutewomen have never had much success against Xavier, but a win today would go a long way in erasing some of the bad memories from the season.
The Minutewomen have just two members of the 2013 senior class: Dee Montgomery and Jasmine Watson. They were honored with a lovely ceremony before the game. Watson even sang a lovely rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.
The Mid-American Conference officially released its set of 2013 football schedules on Friday. Below you’ll find UMass’ complete set of opponents for the upcoming season, its second as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (location and time in parentheses):
Saturday, April 20: UMass Spring Game (McGuirk Stadium, TBD)
Saturday, Aug. 31: at Wisconsin (Camp Randall Stadium, TBD)
Saturday, Sept. 7: vs. Maine (Gillette Stadium, TBD)
Saturday, Sept. 14: at Kansas State (Bill Snyder Family FB Stadium, TBD)
Saturday, Sept. 21: vs. Vanderbilt (Gillette Stadium, TBD)
Saturday, Sept. 28: OPEN
Saturday, Oct. 5: at Bowling Green (Doyt Perry Stadium, TBD)
Saturday, Oct. 12: vs. Miami (OH) (Gillette Stadium, TBD)
Saturday, Oct. 19: at Buffalo (UB Stadium, TBD)
Saturday, Oct. 26: vs. Western Michigan (Gillette Stadium, TBD)
Saturday, Nov. 2: vs Northern Illinois (Gillette Stadium, TBD)
Saturday, Nov. 9: OPEN
Saturday, Nov. 16: vs. Akron (Gillette Stadium, TBD)
Saturday, Nov. 23: at Central Michigan (Kelly/Shorts Stadium, TBD)
Friday, Nov. 29: at Ohio (Penden Stadium, TBD, ESPN/ESPN3*)
Friday, Dec. 6: MAC Championship Game (Ford Field, 8 p.m. EST, ESPN2)
*Note that ESPN will announce 12 days ahead of the scheduled road game at Ohio which MAC matchup it will air on which outlet. Only one game will be selected by each outlet (for a total of two aired games). The decision will be made between UMass’ game with the Bobcats, Bowling Green at Buffalo, Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan, Miami (OH) at Ball State and Toledo at Akron. Here’s the complete press release provided by the official MAC website.
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is taking place this weekend at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, and the Massachusetts football team has one representative at the annual event: offensive lineman Stephane Milhim. Milhim, who played tackle for the Minutemen, but is ranked by ESPN Insider as the 16th-best guard prospect in the 2013 draft class, is scheduled to take part in Saturday’s on-field drills after undergoing psychological testing, medical exams and one-on-one interviews earlier in the week.
Official Measurements (rank out of 58 OL participants)
Height: 6’4″ (T-30th)
Weight: 314 lb (T-25th)
Arm length: 34 1/4″ (17th)
Hands: 10 1/4″
40-yard dash: 5.23 (23rd; clocked unofficially at 5.12)
Bench press: DNP
Vertical jump: 28 1/2″ (T-17th)
Broad jump: 8’8″ (25th)
Three cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuttle: 4.87 (32nd)
60-yard shuttle: Results pending
Here’s what’s being said about Milhim around Twitter as the combine progresses:
A question Stephane Milhim might not have expected: What is your favorite Antonio’s pizza slice? His answer: Chicken bacon ranch. #UMass