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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: has a feature story on the path UMass football alum Michael Cox took in making it to the NFL as part of the New York Giants. Cox was originally a hockey player in his hometown of Dorchester before focusing on football where he played at Michigan before transferring to UMass in 2012.

Dave Bryan of has a story on how UMass football alum Rob Blanchflower is hoping to have bounced back enough from an early ankle injury to still see action on Saturday night in Pittsburgh's preseason game against New York.

The New York Giants website has a feature on UMass football alum Victor Cruz who has become a mentor to several undrafted players on the team.  

"Victor Cruz is like a big brother to me," Corey Washington said. "He said, 'This is your chance, you go out there and show these boys what you've got and give them a hard time making a decision once cut time comes.'"  

Marcus Harris is also grateful for the support he has received from Cruz.  

"It's a great thing to have a guy like that because he knows exactly where we're coming from because he was us before. It's just like a big ego boost because - he's a great friend, don't get me wrong - but he's also a great person to look up to. I respect him a lot for it."

The University of Vermont has announced the addition of former UMass women's lacrosse All-American as its newest assistant coach as released yesterday. Ferris finished her UMass career as the all-time leading point scorer, goal scorer and assist leader after guiding the Minutewomen to four straight A-10 Championship titles and four straight berths to the NCAA Tournament.