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Tuesday September 30, 2014

Contributors: Sports - Black Bear Essentials

  • Tuesday Sep 23, 2014 | 4:27 pm

    Top 10 in the nation, ninth in the league? Polls show divergent feelings about Maine hockey

    If you ever wondered about the lunacy of preseason polls in any sport at any level, Maine hockey gave you plenty of ammunition this week. The Black Bears were a top-10 pick nationally in at least one poll that came out shortly after last season’s Frozen Four. They were picked sixth in the 12-team Hockey East by members of the media over the weekend. On Monday, at the league’s annual media […]

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    Friday Sep 19, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    Cosgrove dropping strong hints he may change quarterbacks

    Is Maine football Coach Jack Cosgrove just being coy, or might he actually switch his quarterbacks for Saturday’s game at Boston College? He said “anything’s possible” when asked about the subject on a Monday conference call. On Tuesday, I asked him if he was seriously contemplating a change from redshirt sophomore Dan Collins to true freshman Drew Belcher, or if he was just getting reporters like me to chase our […]

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    Saturday Sep 13, 2014 | 7:31 pm

    Black Bear offense can’t get traction as lead slips away

    Maine’s first drive Saturday was its longest, kickstarted by a beautiful pitch and catch from Dan Collins to Damarr Aultman for 41 yards on a third-and-13 play. It ended with a field goal. Sigh. This has been the theme for Maine’s offense through two games, in which it scored 10 points apiece. A few good plays, but too many that go nowhere, and not nearly enough to show for it. […]

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    Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Maine’s offensive line is in flux, but starting to take shape

    Bruce Johnson is the rock of Maine’s offensive line. Daniel Carriker also is a constant up front for the Black Bears. Redshirt freshman Isaiah Brooks is highly regarded by his coaches and firmly a part of the future. After that? There are some questions for Maine as it enters its second game of the season, Saturday at Bryant, as I wrote about in a story in Wednesday’s Press Herald. Offensive […]

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    Friday Sep 05, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Maine hoops teams will be tested

    We interrupt football season to talk a little basketball and hockey today. The full schedules for the Maine men’s and women’s basketball teams were released Thursday, although most of the nonconference portions were already known. A few highlights: For the men, there are 12 home games, but none until a matchup with Wagner on Dec. 2. Key road games are at Butler, Boston College and Seton Hall. The Black Bears […]

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    Wednesday Sep 03, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    Black Bear blockers can’t back down if team is to move forward

    The early reviews for Maine’s offensive line, a group without any seniors, were not good. There were few holes to run through, and not a lot of opportunities for first-time starting quarterback Dan Collins to survey the field when he dropped back to pass. The result was that Maine gained 98 yards rushing and 92 passing, for a paltry 190 yards of offense in Saturday’s 10-6 win over Norfolk State. […]

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    Saturday Aug 30, 2014 | 11:25 pm

    Maine shows off a fierce defense, but an offense that needs more bite

    So, the Black Bears are who we thought they were. Isn’t that the obvious conclusion after Saturday’s 10-6 victory over Norfolk State? The Maine defense, with holdovers and newcomers alike making big contributions, appears to be as ferocious as advertised. The offense, with not nearly enough holdovers, will need to muster enough positive plays to find the end zone every once in a while. At least for now. Norfolk State […]

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    Friday Aug 29, 2014 | 1:58 pm

    Collins turns into ‘the guy’ at quarterback for Maine

    When word finally arrived after practice Thursday, in a brief conversation with Maine offensive coordinator Kevin Bourgoin, Dan Collins felt comfort, not relief, at being selected the starting quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against Norfolk State. He’s “the guy.” At last. Collins, the redshirt sophomore who backed up Marcus Wasilewski a year ago, has been handed the reins to the Black Bear offense, beating out true freshman Drew Belcher after […]

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    Monday Aug 25, 2014 | 1:40 pm

    Five days from kickoff, still no starting quarterback for Maine

    To hear Maine football Coach Jack Cosgrove tell it, the first few weeks of training camp were marked by what his young quarterbacks weren’t able to do. The last few days have been marked by what they can do. The bottom line is that he still hasn’t been able to determine who will start under center on Saturday when the season opens against Norfolk State. “I’m not in a race […]

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