On Ihne: Fifth-year player will battle for starting role at center after drawing the nod half of last season ... Can also play guard ... One of the most improved players a season ago, became a contributor after not playing in any games his first two years ... Was moved from tight end in spring of 2007 ... Part of the New Jersey state championship team as a senior ... Played in a similar offensive system to the one at UMass, so he has an understanding of the system and blocking scheme.
As a redshirt senior in 2010:Game-By-Game Statistics
As a redshirt junior in 2009: Game-by-Game Statistics
As a redshirt sophomore in 2008: Played in 10 games, starting in six, including the last four at center ... Also played guard, starting the season opener at left guard ... Part of offensive line that has allowed just six sacks, the fewest in the CAA (0.55 per game) and third in the NCAA ... Offense has five games of more than 400 yards of total offense including season-best 593 yards vs. Bryant (10/25) ... Part of Tony Nelson's six 100-yard games this season ... Started at center for the last four games beginning with the game at Rhode Island (11/1) ... First career start at center at #11 FBS Texas Tech (9/20) ... Played virtually entire game at #7 James Madison (9/13) in place of injured center Sean Calicchio ... Started season opener at left guard vs. Albany (8/30) ... UMass did not allow a sack until the final series of the third week at #7 James Madison (9/13).
As a redshirt freshman in 2007: Did not see any game action ... Continued to gain experience with scout team.
As a freshman in 2006: Scout team player at tight end and on the offensive line ... Redshirt season.
Before UMass: Tight end at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, N.J. where they won the state championship ... Played for Coach Chris Olsen ... Earned First Team All-State in Group 3 ... Named First Team All-League, All-County and All-Area as a senior ... As a senior, had 17 receptions for 355 yards (15 yards per catch) and three touchdowns ... Also made 58 tackles including 12 for loss of yardage ... Had four sacks and forced two fumbles ... As a junior, made 14 catches for 201 yards and four touchdowns ... Served as a football team captain ... Also lettered in baseball (three years) and basketball (one year).
Personal: John M. Ihne ... Born Sept. 4, 1988 in Englewood, N.J. ... Son of Bernadette and John Ihne ... Brother of Gina, who worked as a football team equipment assistant while she attended UMass ... Majoring in Accounting.