A transfer from Marshall, the UMass Minutemen may have found their new starting quarterback for the next two seasons. That man is Blake Frohnapfel who is just as effective with his arms and his feet. In two seasons for the Marshall Herd, he completed 35 passes on 45 attempts totaling 480 yards good for a 77.8 completion percentage. Tossing five touchdowns and just two picks, the quarterback shows accuracy and arm strength as well. On the ground, he rushed for 164 yards on 24 attempts good for a pair of TDs. Although these results are a small sample size in FCS not FBS competition, Frohnapfel should fare well in the MAC nonetheless.
As far as predictions go, Frohnapfel will have a decent season. Conservatively, he should toss 14 touchdowns while throwing eight picks. In total, he will throw for about 2,000 yards. Although this might not seem like a lot, Frohnapfel is also great on his feet. He is not Jordan Lynch, but Frohnapfel is effective and could run for about another 500 yards primarily running in read-options and close yardage situations. He will also help his running backs gain more tricking defenses with the option.
The UMass Minutemen are lucky to have Blake Frohnapfel. Chosen by coach Mark Whipple himself, Frohnapfel has the chance to have a big year this year and is the right choice for starting quarterback. He is an upgrade over AJ Doyle and gives the Minutemen their best chance of winning on a weekly basis.