Jeff Wagenheim of the Boston Globe has a feature on UMass tight end Rob Blanchflower and the national attention he has received since returning to the Minutemen's line-up during the Vanderbilt game.
"It's all about the work ethic for me," said Blanchflower, who has 15 receptions in his shortened season for 156 yards, and whose 1,007 career yards are 146 shy of Milt Morin's school record for tight ends.
"There's always room for improvement. I had a couple of plays that stood out last weekend, and the stats looked good, but I didn't have a great game. A couple of those dropped balls haunted me."
So much so that on Sunday morning, while many teammates and UMass fans were still in bed dreaming the sweet dreams of victory, Blanchflower was back at work.
"I woke up early and got together with my coach at 8 a.m. to watch film," he said. "I'm making strides every day, but there's always another ball you can catch, another play you can make."
A year from now, he might be making those plays on Sundays.
As Kiper said of Blanchflower in his draft analysis, "Big tight ends who can run and catch the ball like wide receivers? Yeah, the NFL is buying right now."