Bob McGovern of the Maroon Musket has a feature profile on freshman defensive lineman Joe Tyo who is a walk-on with the Minutemen. Tyo is a special story in that despite his size and strength, he has only played two years of football before coming to UMass.
"The kid has only played two years of high school football, and for him to do some of the things that he's doing already is really outstanding. He's just another great kid that comes out here with a blue-collar work ethic every single day," said defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo. "I like him a lot. He's doing a good job, and he's going to be a big boy. He's already standing out, and he's showing a lot as a walk-on coming into camp."