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3   Rasheed Rancher
Rasheed Rancher

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Goulds, Fla.

High School:
Christopher Columbus H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 200

Position:
WR

Birthdate:
09/03/1985


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.

2007 UPDATE:
• 2007 CAA SECOND-TEAM WIDE RECEIVER
• Owner of the second (89) and third (84) longest catches in UMass history.
• Posted second-biggest day in receiving yards in UM history with 198 in NCAA First Round in over Fordham (11/24).
• Third in career yards per catch at 18.5 in UMass history.
• Fourth in career receiving yards (1,794).
• Tied for third in career touchdown catches with 16. Tied with Jimmy Moore with 16 in 1998.
• Tied for 10th in career catches at UMass with 94.
• Senior season produced the fifth 1,000-yard season in UMass history. With J.J. Moore (1,100) became the first teammates with 1,000-yard seasons.
• Average of 20.6 per catch is best-ever in a single-season.
• Nine touchdowns in 2007 tied for fifth-best single-season.
• Second on the team in receptions with 49 and second in receiving yards with 1,007, starting all 13 games.
• Led squad in yards per catch at 20.6 and with nine receiving touchdowns.
• Third in the CAA and 31st in NCAA at 77.5 yards per game.
• Has a catch in 12 of 13 games this season (none vs. URI).
• Had five catches for 143 yards at #4 Southern Illinois (12/1), the third 100-yard game of the season and second in a row. Scored on a 71-yard touchdown pass, tied for 12th longest reception in UMass history and longest of 2007 for UMass..
• In his two NCAA Tournament games in 2007 had 13 catches for 341 yards and three touchdowns.
• One of the greatest days in UMass history with eight catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns in NCAA First Round win over Fordham (11/24). Second-most yards in a game in school history. His 12-yard TD catch in the second quarter was featured on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Day on Nov. 24.
• Had three catches for 70 yards including a 35-yard touchdown at Hofstra (11/17).
• Grabbed seven balls for 62 yards vs. #14 UNH (11/10).
• Scored on 60-yard TD reception on first play from scrimmage, 16 seconds into game at William & Mary (10/27). Also scored a TD on 7-yard reception for only other catch in game. It was his first-career multi-touchdown game.
• Had a 15-yard TD catch vs. Northeastern (10/20). • Led team with career-best eight receptions for career-high 155 yards vs. Villanova (10/13), including a 53-yard catch.
• Team-high 84 yards on four catches at Boston College (9/29) including 41-yard touchdown reception.
• Two catches for 39 yards at Maine (9/22), gave him 1,000 career receiving yards.
• Made what Coach Don Brown called "one of the greatest catches he has seen in 30 years of coaching" against #23 Towson (9/15) with a juggling circus catch for a 35-yard TD. Finished with two catches for 46 yards.
• Had four catches for 65 yards at Colgate (9/8).
• Opened with three catches for 63 yards vs. Holy Cross (9/1).
COMPLETE BIO ON MEDIA GUIDE PAGE 72.

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

CAREER HIGHS Recepts: 8 vs. Villanova (10/13/07) & Fordham (11/24/07) Receiving Yards: 198 vs. Fordham (11/24/07) 2nd at UM Long Reception: 89 vs. Stony Brook (9/23/06) 2nd Long at UM; 84 at Delaware (11/5/05) 3rd Long At UMass Receiving TDs: 2 at William & Mary (10/27/07) & Fordham (11/24/07) 100-Yard Games: 5 (last at Southern Illinois, 12/1/07)

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