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Republican: A.J. Doyle ready to turn attention to summer

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring UMass football quarterback A.J. Doyle and how he feels now that spring camp is finished. Doyle says he is confident in where the offense is and that he plans to take a big leadership role in the offseason workouts leading up to preseason camp.

BOSTON HERALD: Mark Whipple helps UMass Football get better

Featured columnist Ron Borges of the Boston Herald spent a day recently with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple to see exactly how things were going with the program. Borges was alongside Whipple from a 7:30 AM meeting all the way through an evening practice at McGuirk Stadium to see what made him tick, how the team was responding, and to get a feel for what the future will be like for the Minutemen.

Highlights & Coverage Of UMass Football Spring Game

The defense looked impressive throughout the night turning in several highlight plays, but wide receivers Jalen Williams and Shakur Nesmith each put on displays for the offense with several outstanding plays of their own as Team Minutemen defeated Team UMass in the annual Spring Game on Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium.





Herald: Doyle, UMass Football In Transition

Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a story on the transition UMass football has undergone with Mark Whipple back as head coach. At not other position is the transition more evident than at quarterback with the switch from a spread, shot gun offense to a pro-style scheme.

Gazette: Mark Whipple, UMass set for spring football game

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of Wednesday night's UMass Football Spring Game which kicks off at 7 PM. The format of the game will be the first string offense vs. the first string defense followed by the second team units.

Republican: Five questions with wide receiver Tajae Sharpe

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican includes Tajae Sharpe in today's edition of "5 Questions With..." Sharpe is one of the top offensive skill position players returning in 2014 and is expected to be a big playmaker for the Minutemen in Mark Whipple's new pro-style offense.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a preview of tonight's UMass football Spring Game which starts at 7 PM. Canelas breaks down the format of the game and what fans should look for from the Minutemen as spring camp concludes tonight.

Following a strong end to his 2012 season as a freshman, kicker Blake Lucas experienced some disappointed on the field last season. With renewed confidence this spring, the rising junior is looking forward to making a strong comeback according to Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican.

TreyVision - See A UMass Football Practice From TDG's Perspective

As part of our Spring Football coverage, the UMass Sports Network wanted to see what life is like from one UMass' most explosive players - Trey Dudley-Giles. Check Out The MinuteCam to see practice from TDG's perspective as he goes through drills, talks to teammates and even returns punts.

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News has a story on UMass alum James Ihedigbo and his impact on the Detroit Lions during the offseason. Ihedigbo has won a Super Bowl, played in another, and has been to multiple division title games during his NFL career.

Republican: Five questions with wide receiver Shakur Nesmith

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a profile piece on wide receiver Shakur Nesmith who returned this spring after missing much of last season due to injury. Malone also goes 5 questions with Nesmith about spring camp, the upcoming season and returning from injury.

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Republican: Five questions with running back Shadrach Abrokwah

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a profile piece on running back Shadrach Abrokwah who had a break-out end of the year last season as the primary back for the final two games of the season.

Gazette: Kassan Messiah, UMass linebackers get fresh start

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story today looking at the UMass football linebackers. The group may be one of the more athletic groups on the roster and with the switch to a 3-4 defense will have a chance to make a big impact in 2014.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story on new defensive coordinator Tom Masella and his 3-4 defensive scheme. Senior linebacker Stanley Andre says the move is good because it gives more freedom to the linebackers and defensive backs to be aggressive.

VIDEO: Football Spring Camp Spotlight On The Offensive Line

The UMass football offensive line is looking to fill the voids left by seniors Anthony Dima, David Osei, and Vincent Westcarr. Offensive line coach Shane Waldron and returning starters Matt Sparks and Tyrell Smith break down the unit's progression during spring practice following the Minutemen's workout on April 1.


Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an in-depth story with UMass defensive coordinator Tom Masella on his return to Amherst. Masella was previously on Mark Whipple's staff during their first tenure with the Minutemen. Masella also discusses what he's seen so far from the defense in spring camp and how he thinks the team has and will improve in the coming months.

Matt Vautour has a story on UMass' all-time great running back Marcel Shipp who now paces the sidelines at McGuirk Stadium as a first-year assistant coach under Mark Whipple. Lorenzo Woodley and Jordan Broadnax both speak about the relationships they've formed already with Shipp and the knowledge they've gained in just a short time.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story focusing on rising sophomore linebacker Shane Huber who is recovering from a knee injury last season. While he has not been cleared yet for physical practice, Huber has been preparing for the season by working on his upper body strength, learning the playbook and being at practice each day.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Marken Michel who has rejoined the Minutemen after spending the 2013 season out of football. Michel figures to add depth to a wide receiving corps which was hurt by injury last year.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette had a story on Saturday about incoming transfer quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and how he is preparing for next season while still in school at Marshall. Frohnapfel is able to study the UMass play book, watch practice film online and has been working on his own.

Josh Alper of NBCSports.com has a story which talks about UMass alum James Ihedigbo who just signed with the Detroit Lions and how he and Glover Quin have already begun working out together. The duo live in Texas and Ihedigbo is projected to play strong safety while Quin moves over to free safety for the Lions.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story on UMass football running back Lorenzo Woodley who says he is excited about playing in head coach Mark Whipple's new offensive scheme which will be better suited to the rising sophomore's running style.

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican also has a story on UMass football running back Lorenzo Woodley today. Woodley says his freshman year experience has prepared him better to know what to expect going into 2013.

Republican: Highlights from UMass football pro day

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has highlights from UMass football's NFL Pro Day which includes a video produced by the UMass Sports Network.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian spoke with UMass football coach Mark Whipple and freshman linebacker Shane Huber about the announcement earlier this week that the 2015 season would be the last for the Minutemen as members of the MAC.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook from last night's football practice where he spoke with head coach Mark Whipple about conference realignment, running back Lorenzo Woodley on how he is approaching his sophomore season, and news of James Ihedigbo signing with the Detroit Lions.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story today on how the UMass football team is responding to new head coach Mark Whipple during Spring Camp. Canelas writes that a new attitude as a result of a fresh start is helping to change the culture of the program.

Coverage Of UMass Football Leaving The MAC Following 2015 Season

Coverage Of Vladimir Ducasse Signing With Minnesota Vikings

Vladimir Ducasse has signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings after playing for four years with the New York Jets. He was a second round draft pick with the Jets after having a standout career with UMass. In Minnesota, he joins fellow UMass alum and offensive lineman Josh Samuda who signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings in January.


Recaps & Coverage Of UMass Football's NFL Pro Day

UMass held its annual NFL Pro Day on Tuesday afternoon putting several Minutemen and other local football athletes through the paces in front of 21 NFL scouts.


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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Rob Blanchflower and how he has been working to recover this off-season from an injury that kept him sidelined for much of the 2013 season. Blanchflower discusses how he is working out and speaking with scouts as much as possible to earn himself a spot with a NFL team when preseason camp opens this summer.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the Minutemen holding their annual NFL Pro Day at McGuirk Stadium on Tuesday. The event allows NFL scouts to evaluate UMass and other area players to help them improve their draft stock or shots at signing free agent contracts.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a feature story on A.J. Doyle as he learns the new offensive playbook under head coach Mark Whipple. After two years as a spread, no-huddle quarterback, Doyle is learning the new intricacies of Whipple's pro-style attack.

Nick O'Malley of the Springfield Republican has a story on Vladimir Ducasse who signed with the Minnesota Vikings after playing the last four seasons with the New York Jets. Ducasse was a 2010 second-round draft pick following his career at UMass.

UMass Alum James Ihedigbo Expected To Sign With Detroit Lions

The NFL Free Agency moves continue around the league with James Ihedigbo being discussed as a possibility to sign with the Detroit Lions after spending the last two seasons in Baltimore. Ihedigbo will be entering his seventh season in the NFL this fall having played for the New York Jets, New England Patriots and the Ravens.


Giants.com has this video of Victor Cruz surprising a busload of children from Lincoln Elementary School by taking them to the Rachel Ray Show.

4. Victor Cruz surprised a "busload" of children. The students of Lincoln Elementary School from Mount Vernon, N.Y., recently thought they were going on an ordinary field trip until the Giants wide receiver jumped on the bus and brought them to the Rachel Ray show. There Cruz stressed the importance of healthy eating.



Former UMass Standout Jeremy Cain Signs With Tampa Bay Bucs

Former UMass standout Jeremy Cain signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week. Cain has played for Chicago, Tennessee and Jacksonville over the course of his NFL career as a long snapper and linebacker over eight seasons.

Republican: Thoughts from the start of UMass football spring camp

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring some of the new faces on the roster for the UMass football team from Sunday's opening Spring Practice. He also includes a few re-additions to the team and gives an offense and defense breakdown.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican was at the first spring practice for the UMass football team on Sunday and has a recap of the evening.

Treshelle Chambliss of EGL Magazine has a Q&A feature with former UMass standout Jeromy Miles on how life is as an NFL player, his marriage to his college sweetheart and the news of their first child being on the way.

Former UMass football standout Bill Durkin was recently named the running backs coach at Coastal Carolina. Durkin had spent the last four seasons as the offensive line coach at Bowling Green. He was an All-American at UMass in 1993 and was named to the Yankee Conference 50th Anniversary All-Star Team.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the start of spring practice for UMass football and head coach Mark Whipple. Practices begin Sunday night at McGuirk Stadium.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story focusing the UMass football team starting Spring practice on Sunday night - the first practice under new head coach Mark Whipple and his staff.

Paul Jackiewicz of ProFootballZone.com has a blog post saying that UMass' Victor Cruz donated $10K to Public School 75 in New York to make sure kids are able to eat breakfast in the mornings.


New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz on Monday paid a visit to P.S. 75 to help with the "It Starts With School Breakfast" campaign as part of National Breakfast Week.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a notebook today looking at the announcement of the 2014 UMass football schedule, a preview of the Hockey East playoff game for UMass at Vermont, an update on men's lacrosse moving up in the national polls and an announcement that NBC Sports has added several television games for the Atlantic 10 basketball tournament.

Coverage Of 2014 Football Schedule Announcement

The 2014 UMass football schedule was announced yesterday with a mix of three games at Gillette Stadium and three at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst. Several notable games include the season opener against Boston College (Gillette), the McGuirk opener serving as Homecoming against Bowling Green, and a nationally televised ESPN Wednesday night game at McGuirk against Ball State.


Sid Saraf of FoxSports.com has a feature story on Victor Cruz and how he was able to be successful in reaching the NFL despite not being invited to the NFL Combine. The story also touches on his work with a company called GamePlan4Me.com which helps young people attain career and health-care goals.

Worcester T&G: Mark Whipple excited to coach UMass football

Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette has a story covering last night's Meet & Greet event in Worcester for UMass football head coach Mark Whipple. Included in the story is part of how Whipple is going to shape the program next year.

As Whipple looks over his 2014 roster, he says it looks better than he thought it might be at first glance. It will be a young team, probably with just one senior starting, and it should be a typical Whipple team. The first time around, that meant there was a lot going on.   

"I'm not here to set up a punt," he said. "I like to throw the ball down the field, be up-tempo, some no-huddle, be aggressive. If it's fourth-and-one, we're probably going for it. You've gotta win, but how you win matters, too." 

UniformCritics.com: Taking A Look At UMass Football Uniforms

The website UniformCritics.com has a look at UMass football's current scheme for Saturday's and what modifications may be in the works for 2014.

Head football coach Mark Whipple will be a guest speaker at this week's UMass Sports Luncheon. The luncheon is held every Wednesday in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center starting at Noon. The cost for the full buffet lunch is $13 and parking is free behind the Mullins Center.

UMass men's swimming and diving coach Russ Yarworth and women's swimming and diving coach Bob Newcomb will also be guest speakers.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has an update on Rob Blanchflower who was at the NFL Combine this past week, but did not participate in the on-the-field drills as he is still recovering from his injury suffered during the season.

Ed Valentine of BigBlueView.com takes a look at draft eligible tight ends in this year's NFL Draft. He writes about UMass' Rob Blanchflower and the apparent connection between the New York Giants and the Minutemen with Victor Cruz, Julian Talley and Michael Cox all playing for New York.


UMass alum Jeff Howe has a notebook in the Boston Herald with updates from the NFL Combine. He caught up with UMass' Rob Blanchflower who is at the Combine this week, but will not take part in workouts on Saturday as he continues recovery from an injury he played through during the season.

Blanchflower says he will be ready for UMass' Pro Day on March 25.

Andy Hart of Patriots.com has a look at the tight ends who will be available in the upcoming NFL Draft and makes mention of UMass' Rob Blanchflower towards the end of the story.

Blanchflower, whose UMass team calls Gillette Stadium home on game days, barely practiced this past fall due to bilateral hernia, meaning his groin and abdominal muscles on both sides were torn. That caused him great pain and limitations, but he still proved his toughness but gutting through it on game day.  

Though coming off an injury that will prevent him from working out at the Combine, and coming from a lower level, the Minuteman and Massachusetts native still thinks he's got what it takes to measure up at the next level.  

"I think I'm up there with the elite in the country," Blanchflower said. "I'm looking to just get my foot in the door. If it comes in the fourth round or as an undrafted free agent, it is what it is."


Ed Niser of the Sentinel & Enterprise has a story on UMass alum Mike Dawson recently being promoted to assistant defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Globe: UMass coach Mark Whipple in a familiar spot

Anthony Gulizia of the Boston Globe has a story on Mark Whipple focusing on his career and experience in turning programs around - especially at UMass when he won the 1998 national championship in his first year with the Minutemen.

UMass football coach Mark Whipple stopped by 98.5 FM The Sports Hub on Wednesday to be a guest on the Gresh & Zolak show. Whipple talked about his return to the program, how he thinks the program can grow, and a proposed rule change by the NCAA to slow down games for safety.



Gazette: Liam Coen excited to be back at UMass, coaching football

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the return of Liam Coen as the football program's quarterbacks coach.

FOX 25: Mark Whipple Discusses His Return To UMass Football

UMass football coach Mark Whipple sat down with Mark Ockerbloom at Fox 25 on Wednesday to discuss his return to the program and where he hopes to take the program.

Meet & Greet Series With Mark Whipple Kicks-Off Tonight In Plymouth

The Meet & Greet Series with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple officially kicks-off tonight in Plymouth. Coach will be on hand at the East Bay Grill from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM to meet fans and talk about his return to UMass. The East Bay Grill is located at 173 Water Street in Plymouth.

Tomorrow, coach Whipple will be in Boston at The Fours, while Wednesday he will make a stop at The Cobblestones of Lowell in Lowell, MA.

For a complete schedule or to sign up for an event (all events are free of charge), click below:
Incoming UMass football offensive lineman Dimitri Angelas was selected to the Ohio-Michigan High School Border Classic as announced last week. The inaugural all-star event is slated to be played on June 14 at Donnell Stadium in Findlay, Ohio. Angelas bio and highlights can be found on the 2014 Signing Day Central page here: http://www.umassathletics.com/signingday/index.html


Ed Niser has a story on UMass alum Mike Dawson (1994-97) who has been promoted to assistant defensive line coach.
Craig Malveaux of the San Diego Union-Times has a feature story that ran last week on incoming freshman wide receiver Lamarriel Taylor and his path from East St. Louis to San Diego to Massachusetts.

Taylor, who lives in Chula Vista, enrolled at Mission Bay for its International Baccalaureate program. He maintained a 4.0 GPA and scored a 2,000 on his SAT.  

After sitting out the first six games of his junior year, Taylor earned All-Western League honors as a senior, catching 72 passes for 1,516 yards and three touchdowns while helping lead the Buccaneers (12-2) to a runner-up finish in the San Diego Section Division II playoffs.  

Syracuse, Fordham, Georgia State, Massachusetts, Duke and Indiana offered scholarships to Taylor, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound, two-star receiver. Ultimately, UMass felt like home. He joined the Minutemen, whose football program was elevated to FBS status two years ago.  

"I always told myself that I'd never give up," said Taylor, who became the first in his family to attend college.  "I'm going to amount to something in society and I'm going to achieve my dreams."



NFL Draft Coverage Of UMass Football's Rob Blanchflower

The NFL Scouting Combine will take place this weekend with UMass tight end Rob Blanchflower hoping to turn in an impressive performance. Blanchflower will work out in Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 22 as the offensive lineman, tight ends and kickers are scheduled. The Combine will be aired live on the NFL Network.

Blanchflower is currently ranked as the No. 10 tight end available and as the 198th player overall according to NFLDraftScout.com. 



Super Bowl champion and all-time UMass football great James Ihedigbo will be in town tonight to catch the UMass basketball game against George Mason.

Prior to the game, he will stop by the Amherst Brewing Company to join football head coach Mark Whipple and his staff for the Football Fan Event that was postponed from last Wednesday.

The event begins at 4:30 PM and goes until 6:30 PM. Coach Whipple will show a highlight film of this year's signing class and speak with fans about the upcoming season.

To sign up for tonight's event or other events as part of Coach Whipple's Meet & Greet Tour, click the link below:
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican spoke with head coach Mark Whipple about his recruiting philosophy and how his appreciation for the process has changed and evolved over the years.

Weirton Daily Times: It's official - Comis signs LOI for UMass

The Weirton Daily Times has a story on quarterback Ross Comis who signed an NLI with UMass on Wednesday. Comis is one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the history of West Virginia.

ESPNBoston: Leftover Signing Day news and notes

Brendan Hall of ESPNBoston.com has a look at some local players who were signed from the Commonwealth including Jarell Addo from Leominster and Dan DiNicola from Walpole. Hall also discussed the importance of walk-on players with coach Mark Whipple.
PPR's Brandon Stone weekly feature focuses on a Mission Bay wideout that came from the projects of East St. Louis to become one of the best receivers on the West Coast.

VIDEO: Behind The Scenes Of Signing Day

The UMass Sports Network was on hand at the football offices yesterday for Saturday to work on a behind the scenes package.

Here's a look at just one aspect of the day that most people never have a chance to see:

Matt Stewart of the Sentinel And Enterprise has a story on Jarell Addo who committed to UMass and his teammate Neil O'Connor who will play for New Hampshire.

They were coached by UMass alum Dave Palazzi at Leominster High School

Charleston Daily Mail: Former Herd QB Frohnapfel headed to UMass

The Charleston Daily Mail has a story on quarterback Blake Frohnapfel transferring to UMass as announced on Wednesday.

James Kratch of The Star-Ledger has a story on Randall West of Lawrenceville High School signing with the UMass football program.

James Kratch of The Star-Ledger has a story of defensive lineman Chris Carter of Bridgewater-Raritan High School signing with UMass.

WV MetroNews: Madonna's Comis gets D-I shot with UMass

Garrett Cullen of West Virginia Metro News has an interview with quarterback Ross Comis who signed his NLI on Wednesday with UMass.

Berkshire Eagle: Fiske to get shot at UMass

Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle has a two stories on Jordan Fiske who is an enrollee at UMass and a walk-on for the football team.

UMass Football Signing Day Recaps

Gazette: Overlooked QB Ross Comis eager to get to UMass

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on quarterback Ross Comis who officially signed his NLI to play for the Minutemen on Wednesday.

Coverage Of Mark Whipple's Introductory Press Conference

We have extend coverage of Mark Whipple's introductory press conference from Tuesday morning.




UMass Alum Julian Talley Signed To Giants Active Roster

The New York Giants announced today that former UMass standout Julian Talley has been signed to the active roster for this week. Talley has been on the Giants' practice squad for the bulk fo the season. That puts three former Minutemen on the current New York active roster: Talley, Victor Cruz, and Michael Cox.

The Minutemen received tough news this week as Rob Blanchflower has been ruled inactive for the game at Ohio on Friday afternoon (2 PM) as announced by head coach Charley Molnar on Tuesday after practice.

Paul Bowker of the Springfield Republican has a story on Shadrach Abrokwah's performance last Saturday at Central Michigan. Abrokwah ran for 93 yards on 20 carries in his first collegiate game.

Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show Podcast Now Available (11/22)

If you couldn't make it to the Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show last night at the Hangar Pub & Grill, check out the Podcast!

Host Cody Chrusciel spoke with head coach Charley Molnar along with player guests Vance Barton, Antoine Tharpe and Adam Richard.

ESPNBoston: UMass preparing for Central Michigan

Jack McCluskey of ESPNBoston.com has a preview of UMass' game on Saturday at Central Michigan. 

Join us tonight for the Bud Light UMass Football Show With Charley Molnar at the Hangar Pub & Grill on University Drive. The show will air tonight starting at 7 PM and can be heard live on 105.5 FM WEEI Springfield. 

If you can't make it in person, you can listen live at http://player.tritonmedia.com/entercom/WWEIFM or on your mobile device by downloading the TuneIn App and going to 105.5 FM WEEI. 

Tonight's special guests will be tight end Rob Blanchflower, safety Antoine Tharpe and linebacker Adam Richard. Send in a question to be answered on the air at http://www.umassathletics.com/ot/ask-coach.html or Tweet your question to @UMassSportsNet.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story today on Central Michigan running back Zurlon Tipton who returned to the field earlier this month after breaking his ankle in the season opener. Tipton was a key factor in the Chippewas win over UMass last season.

Coverage of UMass Football's Loss To Akron

Globe: UMass seniors helping to shape football program

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of the Boston Globe has a preview on UMass' game against Akron on Saturday. The story also has quotes from senior Galen Clemons who organized a White Ribbon Campaign pledge for the UMass football program this week.

Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show Podcast Now Available (11/15)

If you couldn't make it to the Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show last night at the Hangar Pub & Grill, check out the Podcast!

Voice of the Minutemen Josh Maurer spoke with head coach Charley Molnar along with player guests Anthony Dima, Tom Brandt and Brandon Potvin.

Join us tonight for the Bud Light UMass Football Show With Charley Molnar at the Hangar Pub & Grill on University Drive. The show will air tonight starting at 7 PM and can be heard live on 105.5 FM WEEI Springfield. 

If you can't make it in person, you can listen live at http://player.tritonmedia.com/entercom/WWEIFM or on your mobile device by downloading the TuneIn App and going to 105.5 FM WEEI. 

Tonight's special guests will be offensive tackle Anthony Dima, linebacker Tom Brandt and defensive end Brandon Potvin. Send in a question to be answered on the air at http://www.umassathletics.com/ot/ask-coach.html or Tweet your question to @UMassSportsNet.
On Wednesday prior to practice, senior defensive tackle Galen Clemons organized a White Ribbon Campaign Pledge ceremony for the UMass Football program. Guest speakers included professor Tom Schiff and UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. The White Ribbon Campaign aims to stop violence against women.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story today on A.J. Doyle's return to practice after missing time due to injury. While UMass will not name its starter until later this week, both Doyle and Mike Wegzyn will be healthy and available for Saturday's game.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story today on A.J. Doyle return to practice this week after being sidelined for the Northern Illinois game due to injury.

Collegian: UMass football hosts Akron hoping for a win on Senior Day

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a preview of Saturday's game against Akron and what Senior Day means to Brandon Potvin, Galen Clemons and Justin Anderson.

SportsBuzz.com Feature On UMass Kicker Brendon Levengood

Jeff Falk of the Lebanon Sports Buzz has a feature story on UMass kicker Brendon Levengood following his 4-for-4 performance against Northern Illinois.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story today on how the Minutemen's second bye week this season has helped UMass recover from some injuries and prepare for the final three games of the season including Saturday's home finale against Akron.

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