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Boston Globe: Jamal Wilson looking to become @UMassFootball starter

Andrew MacDougall of the Boston Globe has a feature story on UMass running back Jamal Wilson who is in the mix to be the Minutemen's starter for next weekend's season-opener against Boston College at Gillette Stadium. Wilson earned his way as the starting tailback last year before suffering injuries down the stretch which limited his play. The Minutemen figure to have a deep and experienced backfield this year with four different players having started games during their careers.
Jack McCluskey of was on hand Wednesday morning as the UMass football team held a light practice at Gillette Stadium in preparation for the season-opener against Boston College next Saturday. Coach Mark Whipple said the trip was more about getting the players used to being in the environment again while giving the new players a chance to see the facility for the first time before game day.

Tri-Town Transcript & Wicked Local Boxford reporter Dom Nicastro talked to incoming freshman Charlotte Bleiler recently for a story on her decision to row for the University of Massachusetts Minutewomen. Bleiler won't be traveling far from home - she graduated Masconomet Regional High School - to compete at UMass.

Boxford's Bleiler excited to join UMass rowing for first collegiate season | Tri-Town Transcript

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on UMass football's situation at tight end as several players have either suffered injuries or are still awaiting clearance to be eligible. Brandon Howard is one who has battled injury, but is expected to start the season. Junior college Jon Denton has had a strong preseason camp and is expected to excel as a blocking tight end. Both players express praise for Mark Whipple's offense which makes use of the tight end position in its scheme.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on newly named starting quarterback Blake Frohnapfel who transferred to UMass this summer from Marshall. Frohnapfel's former coach and teammates have all expressed support for him with his new team and say they will be cheering for him from afar.

UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, left, passes during a scrimmage Monday at McGuirk Stadium.

.@UMassHockey's Hanley Signs With Portland For 2014-15

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Congratulations to former UMass hockey defenseman Joel Hanley, who has signed one year, a two-way AHL deal with the Portland Pirates, the AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes. Upon completing his collegiate career with the Minutemen in 2013-14, Hanley made his professional debut with the Pirates while on an Amateur Tryout Contract and totaled five assists over 15 games with Portland.

Read the Portland Pirates' full release here.

.@UMassHockey Alum Marvin Degon To Play In Slovenia

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Former UMass defenseman Marvin Degon has signed with the Slovenian team HDD Olimpija Ljubljana of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga.

Degon appeared in 146 games over his four seasons with the Minutemen, spanning 2002-06, and totaled 83 career points on 27 goals and 56 assists.In 2013-14, he spent time with both the Elmira Jackals and the Reading Royals in the ECHL.

UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Kevin Leveille (2000-03) provided six goals to spearhead the Rochester's 15-11 comeback victory over the Ohio Machine in the Major League Lacrosse Championship Semifinals to push the Rattlers into the league's finale. Leveille scored five of his tallies after halftime as Rochester erased Ohio's early four-goal lead to advance the squad along with Rattlers head coach and former Minuteman Tim Soudan (1987-90) to the championship contest. Below is coverage of the game:

RECAP: Rochester 15, Ohio 11 | Major League Lacrosse
Rochester-Ohio Box Score | Major League Lacrosse
Rochester Advances To MLL Title Game with 15-11 Win Over Ohio (with photos) | Inside Lacrosse
Rochester Uses a 5-0 Fourth Quarter to Defeat Ohio in MLL Semifinals | Lax Power
Rochester Rallies to Top Ohio, Advance to MLL Finals | Lacrosse Magazine

Gazette: Coach Mark Whipple has brought fun back for UMass football

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story focusing on Mark Whipple and the change in culture around the UMass football program with his return. Several players are quoted in the story saying they have a renewed love of the game and feel more confident going into the season because of Coach Whipple and his staff.

Kai Stevens of ABC40 in Springfield has a special Behind The Scenes tour of the New UMass Football Performance Center as given by linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox.