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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story focusing on head coach Mark Whipple and his thoughts on the first team scrimmage which was last Saturday night.


Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story focusing on Blake Frohnapfel who says he is adjusting quickly to UMass and his new teammates after transferring from Marshall. Frohnapfel says working alongside Liam Coen has helped expedite the learning process.

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a brief spotlight of freshman Zeke Edmonds who has moved to playing safety after being recruited as a linebacker out of high school. Edmonds drew praise from defensive coordinator Tom Masella who likened him to a pair of UMass' best known defensive players - Anton McKenzie and James Ihedigbo.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican spoke with offensive lineman Tyrell Smith following a recent practice for a five-question Q&A series. Smith is one of UMass' top returning linemen who is projected to be capable of putting together an all-conference level performance this season.

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story focused on all-time great Marcel Shipp who is now coaching the running backs which is a group that could potentially be one of the deepest in terms of talent this year. Shipp gives his thoughts on Coach Whipple's offense, while Jamal Wilson and Lorenzo Woodley speak to being coached by one of the greatest players in UMass history.

Dan Malone continues his Top 25 countdown of players to watch during the 2014 season with running back Drew Harris ranking No. 3 overall. Harris was a late addition to the squad, but with a pedigree as a top-rated recruit prior to joining the Minutemen, he could be an impact player this year and in year's to come.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story focusing on UMass quarterback legend turned coach Liam Coen. Coen gives insight into the depth at quarterback between A.J. Doyle and Blake Frohnapfel fighting for the starting spot during preseason camp.

The Frederick News-Post: Improbable pro Dennis Torres

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This morning Greg Swatek of the The Frederick News-Post out of Frederick, Maryland, has a fantastic profile of former UMass baseball right-hander Dennis Torres who is now pitching for the Frederick Keys, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Torres is currently 2-0 with four saves and a 3.33 earned-run average over 12 appearances.

Read: Improbable pro

Scot Cooper, who writes for the Tri-Town Transcript and Wicked Local Middletown, spoke with James Fahey about his UMass men's lacrosse senior season in 2013, during which Fahey caused a team-best 20 turnovers and led the defense with 31 groundballs.

Read the story through the Wicked Local Middletown website here. More on the Minutemen can be found through

.@UMassWSoccer Takes The #ALSIceBucketChallenge

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With a little help from his team, UMass women's soccer head coach Ed Matz took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge today. The Minutewomen took part in it too, while also making a donation to fight ALS, and nominated the the UMass hockey team. Check out the video: