On Rancher: Emerged as a primary target for Liam Coen for the last two seasons ... Big time playmaker with big time potential ... One of the top receivers in the program ... Tallest member of the team ... Very long and lean ... Coach Brown is looking for a more consistent showing in his senior season ... A big target, who is extremely agile and runs great routes ... A playmaker with the ability to go the distance. Owner of the second (89) and third (84) longest catches in UMass history.
As a redshirt junior in 2006: Played in all 15 games, starting 11 times ... Had 22 catches for 362 yards and four TDs ... Fifth on the team in yards and fourth in catches ... Led in yards per catch (16.5) ... Caught a 6-yard pass in NCAA Final vs. Appalachian State (12/15) ... Had an 11-yard catch at #2 Montana (12/8) in NCAA Semifinal ... Made a catch for three yards vs. #9 UNH (12/2) in the NCAA Quarterfinal win ... Two catches for 27 yards vs. Hofstra (11/18) ... Had TDs in two games in a row at UNH and vs. Maine ... Hauled in a sensational TD in the back of the end zone for UMass' only TD vs. #19 Maine (11/11), made three catches for 37 yards ... Snagged 8-yard TD pass to open scoring at #9 New Hampshire (11/4) as he made two catches for 11 yards ... Hauled in a 23-yard TD catch vs. Rhode Island (10/21), as he had three catches for 52 yards in win ... Grabbed three balls for 26 yards at Towson (10/14) ... Had the second-longest catch in UMass history with an 89-yard TD catch from Liam Coen vs. Stony Brook (9/23), his only reception of the game ... Three catches for 60 yards at Villanova (9/16) with 36-yarder on a third-down from UMass' own 3-yard line to save a drive ... Had two catches for 40 yards at Navy (9/9) including 39-yard grab in first quarter, second-longest play of his career.
As A Redshirt Sophomore In 2005: Breakout season in which he emerged as a favorite weapon of new starting quarterback Liam Coen ... Made 26 catches for 425 yards and three TDs, all from Coen ... Third on the team in catches, second in receiving yards ... Had two 100-yard receiving games ... Made two catches for 23 yards at Hofstra (11/19) ... Four catches for 38 yards at Army (11/12) ... Three catches for career-high 126 yards at Delaware (11/5). Caught an 84-yard touchdown pass from Liam Coen for the second-longest reception in UMass history ... Career game vs. New Hampshire (10/29) with six catches for 108 yards for first-career 100-yd game ... Started and hauled in one pass from Coen vs. Northeastern (10/8) ... Caught one ball for 12 yards vs. Rhode Island (9/24) ... Had four catches for 70 yards including an 8-yard TD catch vs. Albany (9/17). Had career-long 38-yard reception ... Saw first significant playing time at Colgate (9/10), grabbing his first four catches for 39 yards. Hauled in first career touchdown from 5-yards out in the fourth quarter.
As A Redshirt Freshman In 2004: Played in one game as a reserve at Northeastern (11/6).
As A Freshman In 2003: Redshirted.
Before UMass: Played for coach Chris Merritt at Christopher Columbus High School, in Miami, Fla. ... Caught 24 passes for 636 yards during his senior season, good for an average of 26.5 yards per reception ... Set a school single-season record for receiving yards with 636 ... An honorable mention All-Dade County selection by the Miami Herald as a senior ... Also a member of the track and field team at Christopher Columbus.
Personal:Rasheed A. Rancher ... Born September 3, 1985, in Homestead, Fla. ... Son of Bonnie Karen Gooden ... Brother of Rashad, Jameela, and Giahni ... Father, Timothy, played basketball at Jackson State ... Majoring in History.
CAREER STATISTICS (Receiving) Year GP No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 2004 2/0 0 0 0 0 0 2005 11/5 26 425 16.3 3 84 2006 15/11 22 362 16.5 4 89 2007 13/13 49 1007 20.6 9 60 Totals 41/29 97 1794 18.5 16 89
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