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Gazette: UMass TE Rob Blachflower eager, closer to return

University of Massachusetts tight end Rob Blanchflower carries the state flag as the team takes the field before a game in Foxborough last season. AP PHOTO

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Rob Blanchflower who has continued to practice this week after missing the first three games due to an injury. Blanchflower and head coach Charley Molnar both say they aren't sure about the time frame in which Blanchflower will return to game action, but both are eager to have him back in the lineup.

Molnar said whenever Blanchflower returns, it will give his struggling offense a big lift.  

"He exemplifies the toughness of a Minuteman. He's mentally tough. He's physically tough," Molnar said. "He'll play hurt. He stays in when he's tired. He never wants to come out of the game. We had some games last year that were decided well before the end of the game, but he played every snap like it was his last. His skill set is well above average. Super hands. Excellent blocker. His knowledge of the offense. He went out there Tuesday. He hasn't practiced in a long time and he's right up there with all the players who have been out there every day since the beginning of August. He's stayed very, very sharp mentally."