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Herald: UMass Tackles Tough Schedule

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A youthful UMass team will have to mature in a hurry as it opens its 128th season today at McGuirk Stadium against a William & Mary team ranked fourth nationally. William & Mary is one of six ranked opponents on the UMass schedule, the others being No. 25 Holy Cross, No. 6 Richmond, No. 10 New Hampshire, No. 15 James Madison and No. 16 Delaware.

Here's the full story from the Boston Herald.

UMass tackles tough schedule
By John Connolly  |   Saturday, September 4, 2010  |  http://www.bostonherald.com  |  College Football

A youthful UMass team will have to mature in a hurry as it opens its 128th season today at McGuirk Stadium against a William & Mary team ranked fourth nationally.

William & Mary is one of six ranked opponents on the UMass schedule, the others being No. 25 Holy Cross, No. 6 Richmond, No. 10 New Hampshire, No. 15 James Madison and No. 16 Delaware.

"They have lot of guys back from a team that went to the national semifinals, and they have a real good group of linebackers," said second-year UMass coach Kevin Morris, who has a two-pronged running game behind senior John Griffin, a transfer from the defunct Northeastern program, and junior Jon Hernandez. "They also have two good backs so I think it will be the battle of the backs. We have to control the ball."

UMass returns only eight starters, four each on offense and defense.

"We're a very young team overall and looking to mature by week one," said Morris. "There's no time to waste this year coming out. We have to be ready to go from the get-go. That's our plan and that's where we're working toward, right now. We're very optimistic. If you're not optimistic right now then it's going to be a long, long year."

Holy Cross hosts Howard in a first-ever meeting to mark HC's 115th season opener. It also kicks off the post-Dominic Randolph era as the record-setting quarterback is now playing with the New York Giants. The quarterback duties fall to senior Ryan Taggart, who has thrown only two career passes.


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