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Marcel Shipp To Hold 4th Annual Football Camp

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Marcel Shipp, a Paterson native and a former NFL running back, will be holding his 4th annual football camp at the Totowa Oval starting July 9.
This year, Shipp is expanding the program to include the first cheerleading camp.
The camp, which is free, will have morning sessions from 9 am to noon for elementary school students and afternoon sessions from 12:15 pm to 2:30 pm for high school players.
It will feature the New York Giants' Victor Cruz and Tampa Bay Bucaneers' Kareem Huggins. The New York Jets' Flight Crew cheerleaders will be featured in the cheerleading camp.
The camp is sponsored by Paterson Recreation and Paterson Assembly of God. For more information about registration, contact Emmanuel Capers at 973-862-3124 or at

Marcel Shipp On UFL Locos' Protected List

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The Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League have announced the team's 40-man protected player list for the 2011 season. That list includes UMass' all-time leading rusher Marcel Shipp. Check out the entire list here and the story here. He has played two seasons with the Locos winning the UFL title in 2009.

Shipp Wins UFL Title With Las Vegas

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UMass alum and all-time leading rusher Marcel Shipp is part of the UFL Football Champions for the second year in a row. Shipp's Las Vegas Locos won the UFL title 23-20 beating the Florida Tuskers. Shipp had 16 carries for 43 yards for the winning Locos.

Ihedigbo Notches 4 Tackles; Update On UMass Pros

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Here's your weekly look at UMass' pros in football:

In the NFL
• The Jets won their third game in a row in dramatic last-second fashion, beating the Texans 30-27. James Ihedigbo had four tackles for the Jets on defense and special teams. Vladimir Ducasse was inactive again.

  • With the Jaguars, Jeremy Cain snapped six times in a 24-20 win over Cleveland.

  • Matt Lawrence continues to be on the physically unable to perform list with the Ravens. Victor Cruz is on injured reserve with the Giants. Jeremy Horne is on the practice squad with the Chiefs as is Jeromy Miles with the Bengals.
  • In the CFL

  • Brandon London will have a chance to win the Grey Cup next weekend with the Montreal Alouettes, as they beat the Toronto Argos 48-17 in the Eastern Final on Sunday. London didn't play in the win, as he's injured.

  • In The UFL

  • Marcel Shipp will have a chance to win the UFL title next weekend, on Saturday at 11 a.m. He played close to his college home in Hartford with the Las Vegas Locos, in a 27-14. Shipp had just 12 yards on 11 carries for the Locos.
  • Update On UMass Alums In Pro Football Action

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    Checking in on UMass products in the pro football ranks.


  • In the Jacksonville Jaguars' miracle win of the Houston Texans, 31-24, Jeremy Cain snapped 10 times on kicks and punts for the Jags.

  • In the New York Jets' second straight road OT win, 26-20 at Cleveland, James Ihedigbo had three tackles including a 6-yard sack on Colt McCoy. Vladimir Ducasse was inactive for the Jets.

  • Matt Lawrence remains on PUP with the Ravens, who lost to the Falcons, 26-21. Victor Cruz' Giants lost to Cowboys, 33-20 in Jason Garrett's debut as Cowboys head coach.

  • Jeremy Horne remains on the practice squad with the Kansas City Chiefs and Jeromy Miles on the PS with the Cincinnati Bengals.


  • In the CFL Western Semifinals, the BC Lions dropped a 41-38 OT game to Saskatchewan. UMass' Keron Williams had a huge game with three sacks and four tackles for BC and Anton McKenzie also made four tackles but BC's season ended.

  • In the CFL Eastern Semifinals, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with Shannon James lost to the Toronto Argos 16-13. James didn't make a play and finishes with the season with 11 solo tackles.

  • UMass' other CFL player Brandon London, plays for Montreal, which had a bye into the Eastern Final as the Alouettes will play Toronto next weekend.


  • Steve Baylark scored a touchdown and ran for 30 yards as the Sacramento Mountain Lions crushed Omaha, 41-3.

  • The Las Vegas Locos and Marcel Shipp had a bye week.

  • UMass Alumni Pro Football Update

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    Here's an update on UMass alums in the pro football ranks.

    In The NFL:

  • With the Mew York Jets, James Ihedigbo played a bunch on defense and special teams with one tackle and called a key timeout for the Jets in their comeback 23-20 OT win over the Detroit Lions. Vladimir Ducasse was inactive.

  • New York Giants WR Victor Cruz took time out while on injured reserve to come to UMass' win over Maine on Saturday at McGuirk Stadium.

  • Matt Lawrence is close to returning to action with the Baltimore Ravens, as his team pulled off a 26-10 win over Miami Dolphins. Lawrence will practice for the first time Monday, coach John Harbaugh said.

  • Jeremy Cain and the Jaguars had a bye week.

    In The CFL:

  • Three UMass products saw action as the BC Lions beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 23-21. Anton McKenzie made four tackles for BC while Keron Williams didn't have any stops. Shannon James didn't have a tackle for the Ti-Cats.

  • Brandon London made his CFL debut with the Montreal Alouettes as his team suffered a 30-4 loss to the Toronto Argos. London didn't have a catch but made a tackle on special teams.

  • In The UFL:
  • UMass' all-time rushing leaders matched up as the Sacramento Mountain Lions beat the Las Vegas Locos, 27-24. Las Vegas clinched a berth in the UFL Championship in last week's win at Omaha, but Sacramento dominated play throughout the opening half. Marcel Shipp had four carries for 10 yards and a catch for nine yards. Steve Baylark had a carry for Sacramento.

  • Update On UMass Alums In Pro Football Action

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    Here's our weekly look at UMass products in pro football.


  • In the Jaguars' 35-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Jeremy Cain snapped 10 times on kicks and punts.

  • In the New York Jets 9-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers, James Ihedigbo made the game's opening tackle on a the Jets kickoff. He also played in some secondary packages. Vladimir Ducasse was inactive, but was visible on the sidelines.

  • UMass also has alums on practice squads: WR Jeremy Horne with the Kansas City Chiefs and DB Jeromy Miles with the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • Additionally WR Victor Cruz is on the injured reserve list with the New York Giants while RB Matt Lawrence is on the physically unable to perform list with the Baltimore Ravens.


  • The BC Lions picked up a 23-17 win over Saskatchewan as both UMass alums Anton McKenzie and Keron Williams each had three tackles. The Lions are making a push for the postseason.

  • With the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a 55-24 loss to Calgary, Shannon James played for his new team the Ti-Cats vs his old team, the Stamps.

  • Brandon London continues to be on the Montreal Alouettes practice squad.


  • All-time leading rusher Marcel Shipp scored his UFL-best fifth TD as the Las Vegas Locos beat Omaha, 24-10. Shipp had 30 rushing yards.

  • Steve Baylark didn't carry the ball for the Sacramento Mountain Lions in a 27-26 loss to Hartford.

  • Legend Marcel Shipp Leads UFL In Touchdowns

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    All-time UMass rushing leader Marcel Shipp scored his UFL-best fifth touchdown of the season last night as his Las Vegas Locos moved to 5-1 with a 24-10 win over the Omaha Nighthawks.

    Here are stories on the game: UFL, Las Vegas Journal-Review, Box Score News, Omaha World-Herald.

    UMass Alums In Pro Football This Past Weekend

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    Here's a recap of UMass products in action in pro football this past weekend:

      In the NFL:
  • In the New York Jets huge comeback win over the Denver Broncos, 24-20, James Ihedigbo played defense and on special teams. Vladimir Ducasse was not active, but got plenty of TV on the sidelines.

  • In the Kansas City Chiefs' 35-31 loss to the Houston Texans in a thriller, Jeremy Horne played on special teams and made the first tackle of the second half on the opening kickoff. He also had one pass thrown his way, that was incomplete.

  • On Monday night football, Jeremy Cain snapped on all punts and kicks for the Jaguars in their loss to the Tenneesse Titans.

  • If you missed it Victor Cruz was played on injured reserve by the Giants and Matt Lawrence remains on physically unable to perform for the Ravens.

    In the CFL:

  • Two alums were part of the BC Lions narrow 31-28 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos. Anton McKenzie had five tackles and Keron Williams made two stops.

  • With the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, alum Shannon James had a tackle in a 30-3 win over the Toronto Argos.

  • Brandon London is on the practice squad with the Montreal Alouettes, who beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 22-19.

    In the UFL:

  • UMass' top career rushers faced off and Marcel Shipp's Las Vegas Locos got the best of Steve Baylark's Sacramento Mountain Cats, 26-3. Shipp scored the game's only offensive touchdown on a five-yard run up the middle in the fourth quarter. He finished with 15 carries for 69 yards. Baylark has his best game to date with 46 yards on four carries including a long of 29 yards.

  • Shipp Scores TD In Las Vegas' UFL Win

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    In the UFL, UMass' all-time leading rusher Marcel Shipp scored a touchdown to help lead his Las Vegas Locos to a 22-10 win over the previously undefeated Omaha Nighthawks. Shipp scored on a 14-yard run with 10:45 left to play. Shipp started right, then cut back left across the entire Nighthawks defense to reach the end zone. He finished with 45 yards on 20 carries. Here is a recap from the Las Vegas Sun. For the year, Shipp leads the Locos in rushing with 158 yards in three games.

    UMass' other alum in the UFL, Steve Baylark has the week off with the Sacramento Mountain Lions. He has three carries this season in three games.

    Shipp & Las Vegas Battle Clarett & Omaha

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    All-time leading rusher Marcel Shipp returns to action on Friday night in the UFL as his Las Vegas Locos take on the Omaha Nighthawks and Maurice Clarett at Sam Boyd Stadium. Shipp is mentioned in these previews. The game starts at 10 p.m., on HDNet.

  • Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Omaha World-Herald
  • UFL Football Website
  • NFL, CFL, UFL Update On UMass Alums

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  • In the Chiefs' 16-14 win over the Browns, WR Jeremy Horne made hi on-field NFL debut in No. 11 and made a tackle on special teams in the fourth quarter.

  • DB James Ihedigbo played great on special teams in the New York Jets' 28-14 win over the Patriots. OL Vladimir Ducasse was inactive for the second week in a row.

  • LS Jeremy Cain snapped three times all on kicks in the Jaguars' 38-13 loss to the Chargers. Interestingly, the Jaguars never punted in the game as they scored, fumbled, were intercepted or failed on a fourth down conversion.

  • With the Giants, in their game against the Colts, WR Victor Cruz is active in place of WR Ramses Barden, who wasn't much of a factor in Week 1 and had a ball bounce off his hands for an interception.

  • In the CFL, the BC Lions beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 35-31 as a trio of UMass alums saw action. For BC, LB Anton McKenzie racked up five tackles and DE Keron Williams made three tackles. LB Shannon James didn't have a tackle for Hamilton.

  • In the UFL, the Sacramento Mountain Lions lost to the Hartford Colonials 27-10. TB Steve Baylark didn't have a carry for the Mountain Lions.

  • The Las Vegas Locos lost to the Florida Tuskers 27-20. RB Marcel Shipp had 13 carries for 48 yards for the Locos.

  • Baylark Plays At Hartford In UFL Game, Saturday

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    When the UMass at Michigan football game is over, tune over to NESN to watch UFL Football action featuring former UMass star tailback Steve Baylark. Baylark plays with the Sacramento Mountain Lions, as they play at the Hartford Colonials. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m., at Rentschler Field in Hartford. Former UMass players Sean Smalls and Kyle Harrington did not make the Colonials roster after being in training camp with the team.

    Gazette: Harrington Living The Life In UFL

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    Another story on a UMass alum in the UFL comes from Matt Vautour in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Kyle Harrington is playing on the defensive line while Sean Smalls is in the secondary.

    "I'm living the life," Harrington said sporting a freshly-grown beard and a sweat-soaked black UMass T-shirt that he'd been wearing under his shoulder pads. "Playing football, instead of getting a job behind the desk."

    Gazette: Smalls Starting Over In UFL

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    Ever wonder what happened to Sean Smalls? Read Matt Vautour's story on the former star defensive back in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Sean Smalls isn't bitter, but as he stands on the sidelines after Thursday's training camp workout for the Hartford Colonials, he can't help wondering what might have been.

    The former University of Massachusetts cornerback was mentioned as a likely 2009 NFL draft pick early in his senior year. Fast, athletic and big for his position at 6-foot-1, scouts liked his potential. But on a punt return in the Minutemen's late October 42-7 win over Bryant, Smalls slowed up as he crossed into the end zone. The slight deceleration allowed Bryant's Doug Emerzian to dive at his feet.