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Daily Collegian: Catching up with @UMassFootball WR Marken Michel

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story on UMass wide receiver Marken Michel and his return to the program after spending the 2013 season away from the team. Michel says the time away gave him a new love for the game and his teammates.

Michael Rothstein of has a feature story on UMass football alum James Ihedigbo and the Detroit Lions. Rothstein says early off-season workouts between Ihedigbo and fellow safety Glover Quin give the two new teammates a chemistry which will help the Lions defense this season.

Mike Camunas of the Tampa Tribune has a feature story on Trey Dudley-Giles who was a local player in the area for Pasco High School. Dudley-Giles talk about his development on and off the field and where he thinks the program is heading in 2014. Special teams coordinator Ted Daisher is also quoted about the example TDG sets for his teammates and his importance to the team.

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story which focuses on the UMass football secondary including the move of Trey Dudley-Giles from cornerback to safety during the preseason. The move has opened up an opportunity for Jackson Porter to move back to his natural safety position as well.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on quarterbacks A.J. Doyle and Blake Frohnapfel focusing on their ability to be mobile during plays. According to Malone, the UMass coaching staff has given both the green light to run the ball if a passing situation begins to break down during the season.


The Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse and former Minuteman Kevin Leveille (2000-03) begin their playoff hunt against Ohio with a 3 p.m. game at Wegman's Stadium in Rochester, New York, on Saturday, Aug. 16. Leveille and the Rattlers finished first in MLL with a 10-4 record to take the No. 1 playoff seed while Ohio earned the No. 4 spot with an 8-6 finish. Check out a preview of the game through Major League Lacrosse's website.

PREVIEW: Ohio at Rochester | Major League Lacrosse

Casey Vock of Inside Lacrosse took a closer look at UMass alumnus and current Rochester Rattler Kevin Leveille's custom gloves from Brine on Wednesday, Aug. 13. The mits, colored in the style of Rochester's uniforms, feature Leveille's last name scrawled across the wrist and are part of a recently released product line called the Brine King V. Here is one picture of the custom gloves - check out more through the link below.

Custom Rochester Rattlers Brine King V Gloves for Kevin Leveille | Inside Lacrosse

Hat tip to Vock and for frequently featuring UMass men's lacrosse kits and what our alumni wear in the professional ranks. More on the Minutemen is available through

.@UMassHockey Alum Mike Marcou Signs With Reading

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Congratulations to former UMass defenseman Mike Marcou who has signed with the Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Royals made the announcement via a release this morning

Also, check out the team's video on Marcou's signing.

Today we have tons of coverage of UMass Football's annual Media Day which gave reporters from around the state an opportunity to spend time with Coach Whipple and the Minutemen. It was also a first look for many at the new UMass Football Performance Center which was officially opened this summer for the team to use.

Daniel Malone writes about the progression of UMass football training camp from generalized practice to specific position-related work with his latest post for the Springfield Republican.

After using the first week of practice to, in-part, assess the development of each individual student-athlete, the UMass staff is advancing its teaching to include repetitions specific to certain on-field situations, such as goal-line plays and the two-minute drill.

Minutemen moving towards more situational work as season nears | Springfield Republican