Coach Don Brown's Comments On The 2005 Signing Class
Feb. 2, 2005
Head coach Don Brown is thrilled with the newest class of football players which he signed on Wednesday to play at UMass. Check out what he had to say to the media on signing day.
Brown's overall thoughts:
Brown on signing six players from Massachusetts:
"In the kicking game, Armando Cuko has great potential. He has soccer roots, as he came to this country from Albania. He has ability to kick (field goals) from 50-yards and in.
"Theluxon Pierre has great straight-line ability and could be one of the top pass rushers in the Atlantic 10 before the end of his career. Brian Frederick is a big player who will see time at tight end and could be used as an H-Back in our system. Matt Silver -- who is from New York -- will also be used in a similar fashion as Frederick.
"Chris Dijak is a defensive end who will come in and compete while tailback Chris Zardas has piled up big rushing numbers at St. John's."
Brown on his offensive line:
Brown on the defensive line: "Brandon Collier adds depth along with Lateef Taylor, coming in from Cincinnati. Collier is the first player from Ohio which we have signed. John Hatchell has a chance to be an impact player after sitting out last season. We will be more athletic and bigger as everyone returns on the defensive line from last season. We surely have created depth on defense."
Brown on some other signees:
"George Byrd was the fourth-highest rated linebacker to sign with a Divsion I-AA school according to rivals.com, so that speaks to his talent. Michael Hanson comes from New Jersey and Josh Jennings comes in from Connecticut. Both have great talent and will add to the depth on defense."
Brown on the academic piece of recruiting and how the players will help the program:
"There are 210 days to the game at Richmond."
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