Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican looks at the UMass secondary, the experience returning at the positions and what the young group must do to improve in 2011.
The University of Massachusetts defensive secondary was young and pretty good last year.
This year it is still young, but looking to make the leap to exceptional.
"We're young but very talented in the defensive backfield," redshirt junior Darren Thellen said. "Even though we're young we've got a lot of game experience in us and that's going to help us out this year."