Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at the pivotal role tailback Jonathan Hernandez will play for the UMass offense this season.
The University of Massachusetts coaches thought they had a potential recruiting steal when they signed the undersized, under-recruited running back from Leominster, a perennial central Massachusetts powerhouse. He was fast and he was strong.
But it wasn't until they saw him every day in practice that they realized just how tough Jonathan Hernandez is.
"He's a tough nut. There's no question about that. He brings it every play. He's got skills and speed. Add toughness on top and that's what you want from your tailback spots," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "He was an under-recruited player. We knew he had potential, but there's a lot of potential out there. We haven't been disappointed."