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Niland Featured In The Enterprise

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More on the Colonial Clash from the The Enterprise with a feature on Greg Niland.

He has sat in the stands at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on a number of occasions since the facility opened in 2002. "I've been to Gillette so many times watching the Patriots or going down to see a concert,'' said University of Massachusetts offensive lineman Greg Niland of East Bridgewater. "It's an awesome place.''

On Saturday afternoon, Niland will get the opportunity to play at the home of the Patriots on Route 1.

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Posted Oct 22, 2010 @ 01:42 AM
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He has sat in the stands at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on a number of occasions since the facility opened in 2002. "I've been to Gillette so many times watching the Patriots or going down to see a concert,'' said University of Massachusetts offensive lineman Greg Niland of East Bridgewater. "It's an awesome place.''

On Saturday afternoon, Niland will get the opportunity to play at the home of the Patriots on Route 1.

The Minutemen, ranked 12th in the nation, and the University of New Hampshire, ranked No. 10, will square off in the Colonial Clash, the first college football game played at Gillette Stadium (3:30, TV: Comcast SportsNet).

"It should be fun,'' said Niland, an East Bridgewater resident who transferred to UMass when Northeastern University dropped football last year. "I can't imagine being down on the field. It should be fun for the fans. I've got a lot of people coming out. It should be awesome playing in that stadium. I'm excited.''

UMass, which will also face UNH at Gillette Stadium in 2011, has not played in an NFL stadium since Nov. 2, 1991. The Minutemen defeated Northeastern, 27-12, at Foxboro Stadium with 4,620 in attendance.

A much larger crowd than that is expected to watch a pair of nationally ranked rivals square off in a key Colonial Athletic Association game.

"It's a great weekend,'' said UMass coach Kevin Morris, whose team is 4-2 and 2-1 in the league. "From our perspective, it's a great rivalry game and we're excited about that game every year no matter where it's played _ home, away or at this neutral site this week.

"Gillette is obviously a great venue. The UMass alumni are just going out of their minds. They can't wait to get down to watch their team play in the big stadium. It's going to be very exciting.

"It's nice for the Patriots and the (Kraft) family to invite us down to play a game there. It's going to be a great atmosphere.''

UMass will be trying to bounce back after a disappointing 11-10 loss to Richmond on homecoming weekend last Saturday.

"Any time you lose the way we did, I think the kids get their attention right away,'' said Morris. "That (type of loss) can't happen. That should never have happened. But it did happen.

"No matter who we're playing this week, I think their attention has definitely been gotten. You throw in UNH, you throw in Gillette Stadium, there's no question there's nobody sleeping through this one.''

The Wildcats (4-3, 2-2) put together impressive wins over 11th-ranked Richmond and sixth-ranked James Madison the past two weeks after struggling earlier in the season.

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