On Coblyn: Expected to start on the offensive line as a senior ... Continues to improve an re-learn football after playing two years of basketball at Boston University prior to returning home in 2007 ... Excellent skills and has "Sunday ability" to play in the NFL according to Coach Brown ... Native son from Amherst ... Has added more than 30 pounds of weight in his transition to football, where he will play in the offensive line ... Hulking force with good speed ... Coach Brown adds, "the sky's the limit."
As a senior in 2008: Played in 11 games, starting in 10.
As a junior in 2007: Returned to the football field as an offensive lineman at his hometown school ... Played in nine games, drawing two starts ... Part of offensive line which allowed just 17 sacks in 13 games ... Started at Rhode Island (11/3), a game which UMass was not sacked ... First college start in football came against Towson (9/15) ... Made college football debut against Holy Cross (9/1).
As a freshman and sophomore basketball player in 2004-06 (at Boston University): Played basketball in 23 games with eight starts in 2005-06 ...Averaged 5.3 ppg and 3.1 rpg .. Led BU in scoring in season-opener at #1 Duke with nine points... connected on 4-7 FG against Blue Devils and All-America center Shelden Williams ... As a true freshman in 2004-05, was forced to redshirt due to a lower back injury ... Played in first two games of the season (vs. Holy Cross & Fordham) ... for a total of 10 minutes, but did not score... Tried to come back after missing the next 8 games and saw 3 minutes at UMass before shutting down for the season.
Before College: At Amherst Regional High School was co-captain of the Amherst football team as a senior tight end/defensive end... named All-League and All-Western Massachusetts as a senior... earned a spot on The Republican Division I Football All-Scholastic First Team as both a senior basketball and football player... also named to the team as a junior basketball player ... As a junior basketball player, was the driving ... force behind team's Massachusetts Division I State Championship, the Hurricanes first-ever State basketball title... scored 16 points and added 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in the title game... an All-Valley League and All-Western Massachusetts basketball player during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons... averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior and nearly 15 points per contest as a senior... named First Team All-State by Boston Prep Basketball and was a Five-Star basketball pick by The Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Personal: Benjamin M. Coblyn ... Born on Jan. 27, 1986 in Northampton, Mass. ... Son of Rachel and Mike Coblyn ... Majoring in History ... Recognized as the STRIVE Mentor of the Year for 2003-04, STRIVE is a mentor program that helps teenagers make the transition to high school.
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