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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican lists several of the milestone achievements UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel reached with Saturday's performance and where he stands nationally. Frohanpfel was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Week after setting the league's single-game passing yardage record against Bowling Green.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a feature on Tajae Sharpe's breakout season for the Minutemen which was highlighted by last weekend's 13 reception, 179 yard effort that included a pair of touchdowns. The junior is quickly closing in on the school's all-time top-10 career list for receiving yardage.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook today covering several UMass football news items including the health of Trey Dudley-Giles, Khary Bailey-Smith's ability to make big plays, and Blake Frohnapfel's honor as league player of the week.




Listen to the podcast of the September 29, 2014 edition of the Bud Light UMass Football Show featuring head coach Mark Whipple, sophomore offensive tackle Tyrell Smith, and junior defensive back Khary Bailey-Smith looking back at Bowling Green and previewing the first MAC road game of the season Saturday at Miami (Ohio).

Coverage and Recaps From @UMassFootball Loss To Bowling Green

It was a shootout at McGuirk Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Bowling Green narrowly defeated UMass 47-42 in the Minutemen's first game back on campus since 2011. Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel set school records with 589 yards through the air and five touchdowns, while Tajae Sharpe had 179 yards receiving and two touchdowns.






VIDEO: Flashback To Last @UMassFootball Win At McGuirk Stadium

The UMass Sports Network takes a look back at UMass football's last win in McGuirk Stadium back in 2011 against Central Connecticut State.

Friday is here and that means just one more day until the return to McGuirk Stadium for the UMass football team. Check out some of the coverage and previews of UMass' Homecoming game against Bowling Green (3 PM, ESPN3).




Adam Aucoin of the Daily Collegian has a feature on UMass football's return to McGuirk Stadium this Saturday for Homecoming against Bowling Green. Aucoin interviews several students who say they are excited about seeing the team back in the campus stadium and having a true college game day feel around town.




Mark Chiarelli has an editorial in Monday's Daily Collegian focusing on the importance of Saturday's Homecoming game against Bowling Green at McGuirk Stadium - the first campus football game since the move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision and subsequent renovations to the facility. 

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a notebook discussing Mark Whipple's thoughts after watching the Penn State film, how Sunday night's practice went, and what the return of Shadrach Abrokwah could mean for the Minutemen's run game.



Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story today on how head coach Mark Whipple thinks the home game at McGuirk Stadium - the first since construction of the new press box and team facility began in 2012 - will help energize the team and fan base.




Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has an update on Trey Dudley-Giles status to start the week after missing much of the second half of the Penn State game on Saturday. Coach Mark Whipple said Dudley-Giles was fine and the team was holding him out of the game for health reasons.

Coverage & Recaps From Football's Loss At Penn State

Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record has a feature on Nick Berus that recounts his heroic actions in high school where he and his friend saved two lives when a flash flood swept away their car.







Friday's @UMassFootball Media Coverage Heading Into The Penn State Game

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Coverage Of UMass Football's 34-31 Loss At Vanderbilt

Pregame Headlines As @UMassFootball Gets Ready To Face Vandy

Tons of headlines this week as UMass prepares for its first road game of the season on Saturday afternoon at Vanderbilt. The game will be aired by Fox Sports South and will also be available on ESPN3.com.

UMass fans can listen on the airwaves as the UMass Sports Network calls the action starting at 11:40 AM.



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Highlights & Coverage Of @UMassFootball Narrow 41-38 Loss To Colorado

It was a grand welcome party for tight end Jean Sifrin whose two touchdown performance in his first game at UMass sparked the Minutemen against Colorado. The Buffs proved too much in the end, however, overcoming an 11-point UMass lead in the third quarter to take a 41-38 win over the Minutemen at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. Here's the full coverage of the game.

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Boston Globe: @UMassFootball center Matt Sparks in for the long haul

Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe has a lengthy feature on UMass football center Matt Sparks who will play against several of his former high school teammates on Saturday against Colorado. The reunion is over 5,000 miles in the making as the trio are all from Hawaii.

Boston Globe: @UMassFootball center Matt Sparks in for the long haul

Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe has a lengthy feature on UMass football center Matt Sparks who will play against several of his former high school teammates on Saturday against Colorado. The reunion is over 5,000 miles in the making as the trio are all from Hawaii.

Friday's @UMassFootball Coverage Heading Into The Colorado Game

The Minutemen head to Gillette Stadium today to make the final preparations for Saturday's game against Colorado (3 PM, ESPN3). Here is a look at some of the newest headlines previewing the action.

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an in-depth look at Mark Whipple and his family in their return to UMass. Whipple is joined by his oldest son Spencer who is the tight ends coach and his youngest son Austin who is a back-up quarterback.

Midweek Coverage Of @UMassFootball Heading Into Colorado Game

Postgame Coverage & Recaps From UMass-BC Game

In the first FBS meeting between UMass and Boston College, fans got a glimpse of what the rivalry could become. Despite the Eagles coming away with a 30-7 win, fans saw wall-to-wall coverage of the game leading up to kickoff and after the final moments ticked off the clock. Here's a sampling of the game recaps along with highlights.




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Boston Herald: Win over BC thrills '78 @UMassFootball Minutemen

Bob McGovern of the Boston Herald takes a look back at the last UMass team to beat Boston College on the gridiron - the 1978 squad that advanced to the NCAA I-AA National Championship game. McGovern spoke with several former players from that team including NFLer Bruce Kimball.

Boston Herald: Trey Dudley-Giles does it all for @UMassFootball

John Connolly of the Boston Herald has a story focusing on Trey Dudley-Giles and this weekend's season-opener against Boston College. Connolly highlights TDG's ability to return punts, but also recognizes him as one of the top defensive players for the Minutemen.
Michael Vega of the Boston Globe has a feature story on the relationship between Mark Whipple and Don Brown. The pair worked together previously at UMass before Whipple left for the NFL and Brown left for Maryland.



Boston Globe: Blake Frohnapfel feeling his way for @UMassFootball

Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe has an extensive profile of UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel who will start this Saturday's season-opener against Boston College. The piece also references his twin brother Eric who is currently at Marshall.




Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle has a profile piece on freshman Jordan Fiske who has moved from tight end to fullback since joining the Minutemen. Coach Whipple's offense is known for using fullbacks and tight ends throughout his schemes.




Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a look at Jamal Wilson and the overall depth at the running back position. Wilson has been named the starter for Saturday's game and talks about how the run game hopes to have success against the Eagles' defense.



Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story on junior safety Joe Colton and how playing against Boston College on Saturday will be more than just a game for him. The native of Norwood grew up watching Boston College games and had hoped to one day play there. After being overlooked, Colton was able to earn a spot at UMass in 2012 and made an instant impact.





Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a look at why Trey Dudley-Giles is such a prolific punt returner who can change the dynamic of a game in a single play. TDG was one of the top return men in the MAC last season and is expected to be one again this season.



Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a preview of the UMass offense heading into Saturday's game against Boston College at Gillette Stadium.



Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Brandon Howard earning his first career start at tight end for the UMass football team heading into the season-opener against Boston College.



Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Jamal Wilson being named the starting running back earlier this week. Head coach Mark Whipple says that Wilson will start, however, several running backs including Lorenzo Woodley will be inserted into the run game this weekend.




Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story from earlier this week on how very few true freshmen are planned to be played early this year by Mark Whipple. On this weekend's two-deep, only freshman running back J.T. Blyden and linebacker Da'Sean Downey are listed.





Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of the UMass offense heading into Saturday's season-opener against Boston College at Gillette Stadium. The story features quotes from Rodney Mills who will start at full back against the Eagles - he states that Whipple's offense is impressive and fits the strengths of the players.




Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on what the UMass defense, in particular the defensive line, will have to do on Saturday to keep the Boston College offense at bay.





Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story focusing on the relationship between UMass head coach Mark Whipple and Boston College defensive coordinator Don Brown. The pair worked together at UMass before Brown later returned as head coach after Whipple left for the NFL.




Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has the improbably story of Brian McDonald's college football journey which has taken the Bay State native around the country until his return home this year as a graduate student for the Minutemen.
Rob Harms of the Boston Globe has a feature story on UMass football head coach Mark Whipple and his return to the Minutemen. The story looks at Whipple's past tenure with the Minutemen and how is experiences then and following his stint at UMass have prepared him to come back home.

John Connolly of the Boston Herald had a feature story on UMass football nose tackle Daniel Maynes on Sunday that discussed his battle against Crohn's disease. Maynes was forced to miss the 2011 season due to the condition, but has worked to keep the disease at bay while competing for the Minutemen.



Steve Buckley has a feature in Sunday's Boston Herald where he praises the return of head coach Mark Whipple and what it means to the program as it embarks on its third year at the Football Bowl Subdivision era.

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story focusing on Tom Masella and his approach as the UMass football defensive coordinator. While Masella has several key veterans, he is also tasked with working in many new comers and first-year starters into the defensive schemes.

Matt Vautour had a special edition story in the Worcester Telegram on Saturday focusing on UMass football and the impact Coach Mark Whipple and his staff will have on the program. Vautour also breaks down the roster focusing on several key players from Central Massachusetts.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the UMass football running back position which features several players who can play prominent roles for the Minutemen this season. Running backs coach Marcel Shipp says he like the groups depth and overall make-up.
Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle has a feature story on the return of all-time greats Liam Coen and Marcel Shipp to the UMass football sidelines as assistant coaches under Mark Whipple.

"It's really amazing" to be back, UMass running backs coach Marcel Shipp told me. "This is where my career started. I have a lot of love for UMass. To have this opportunity to come back and be a part of it, it was all hands on deck."

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican speaks with defensive end Peter Angeh as part of his "Five Questions With..." series. Angeh played in all 12 games as a freshman last year and is in the mix to be a starter in 2014.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has an edition of his "Five Questions With..." series featuring freshman quarterback Ross Comis. The rookie signal caller is one the coaching staff was very excited about bringing into the program after he set nearly every West Virginia quarterback record during his prep career.

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a feature on the UMass defense and how Kassan Messiah and Trey Seals are looking to play major roles as pass rushers in the new 3-4 scheme.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a recap of yesterday's practice at Gillette Stadium for the UMass football team. Wide receiver Alex Kenney said it was a good feeling to be in the stadium, while quarterback Blake Frohnapfel stated that seeing the sightlines and where things were like the play clocks was advantageous.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a new installment of his "Five Questions With..." series that features freshman running back J.T. Blyden.

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on offensive lineman Fabian Hoeller and Josh Bruns who are both expected to play prominent roles this year for the Minutemen. The two will be key contributors on an offensive line that is replacing three starters from the 2013 campaign.

Doug Smock of the Charleston Gazette in West Virginia has a story on the separation of the Frohnapfel twins, Blake and Eric, for the first time in their football playing careers. Eric is considered the starting tight end for Marshall and comments on what it will be like to cheer for his brother Blake who was recently named the starting quarterback after serving as a back-up for the last three seasons for the Herd.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican continues his countdown of the top 25 players to watch during the 2014 season with wide receiver Tajae Sharpe coming in at No. 2 on the list. Sharpe is the Minutemen's top returning wideout and considered one of the top players in the Mid-American Conference.


Tom Layman of the Boston Herald has a story on center Matt Sparks and quarterback Blake Frohnapfel focusing on the team's return to a pro style offense and what that means for the exchange between the two. Both have been in offenses which are primarily shotgun formations, so the return to having the quarterback under center is a new wrinkle for the duo who are roommates. Frohnapfel says the two have even practiced snapping while hanging out in the living room after moving the couches around to make way.







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 ESPNBoston.com 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.




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.

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




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.

The UMass Sports Network has a short video highlights some of the work the outside linebackers have been doing in drills under new position coach and former UMass standout Charles Walker.
 
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a new edition of his Five Questions With... series - this time featuring freshman defensive lineman Jake Largay.

Daily Collegian: Catching up with @UMassFootball WR Marken Michel

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story on UMass wide receiver Marken Michel and his return to the program after spending the 2013 season away from the team. Michel says the time away gave him a new love for the game and his teammates.



Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com has a feature story on UMass football alum James Ihedigbo and the Detroit Lions. Rothstein says early off-season workouts between Ihedigbo and fellow safety Glover Quin give the two new teammates a chemistry which will help the Lions defense this season.


Mike Camunas of the Tampa Tribune has a feature story on Trey Dudley-Giles who was a local player in the area for Pasco High School. Dudley-Giles talk about his development on and off the field and where he thinks the program is heading in 2014. Special teams coordinator Ted Daisher is also quoted about the example TDG sets for his teammates and his importance to the team.



Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story which focuses on the UMass football secondary including the move of Trey Dudley-Giles from cornerback to safety during the preseason. The move has opened up an opportunity for Jackson Porter to move back to his natural safety position as well.





Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on quarterbacks A.J. Doyle and Blake Frohnapfel focusing on their ability to be mobile during plays. According to Malone, the UMass coaching staff has given both the green light to run the ball if a passing situation begins to break down during the season.

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Today we have tons of coverage of UMass Football's annual Media Day which gave reporters from around the state an opportunity to spend time with Coach Whipple and the Minutemen. It was also a first look for many at the new UMass Football Performance Center which was officially opened this summer for the team to use.






Daniel Malone writes about the progression of UMass football training camp from generalized practice to specific position-related work with his latest post for the Springfield Republican.

After using the first week of practice to, in-part, assess the development of each individual student-athlete, the UMass staff is advancing its teaching to include repetitions specific to certain on-field situations, such as goal-line plays and the two-minute drill.

Minutemen moving towards more situational work as season nears | Springfield Republican

John Connolly put together a story for the Boston Herald covering UMass football redshirt-freshman Todd Stafford's switch from quarterback to tight end. Stafford took snaps under center while redshirting the 2013 season before the 6-foot-7, 250-pound native of Riverside, Connecticut, switched roles ahead of fall camp.

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Todd Stafford trades QB role for TE | Boston Herald

The Daily Hampshire Gazette's Matt Vautour has coverage of UMass football junior cornerback Randall Jette, a veteran in the secondary, and his approach to serving as a teacher and student of the game. Here is one particularly telling quote from Jette contained in the story:

"I've learned something from every coaching staff," said Jette, who is on his way to becoming one of the best players ever from Martha's Vineyard. "I've gotten better, but I've got a long way to go. You're never good enough. I'm lucky. I had older guys teaching me like Darren Thellen. I'm trying to be a good leader and pass it on like it was passed to me. I try to my best play in play out to set an example."

Read the story in its entirety through the link below.

UMass junior cornerback Randall Jette is both the teacher and an eager student | Daily Hampshire Gazette

Collegian: Catching Up With Sha-Ki Holines

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Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian staff took five minutes at the end of UMass football practice this week to catch up with redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Sha-Ki Holines (pronounced: SHAH-key holy-ness). Check out Holines' thoughts on camp, the new defensive scheme and working with a young group of lineman among other topics as fall practice rolls toward the season-opener against Boston College at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 30.

Catching up with Sha-Ki Holines | Daily Collegian

The UMass Sports Network has a feature spotlight on the UMass football wide receivers and position coach Mike Cassano. The USN mic'd up Cassano recently during practice to give fans insight into how the group works at practice. Returning wideout Marken Michel and Penn State transfer Alex Kenney talk about how training camp has been after the first week and what the strengths are of the group.



Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on returning veteran center Matt Sparks who is a key figure in the Minutemen's transition to Mark Whipple's pro-style offense.




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.

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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.




WTNH.com 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 SteelersDepot.com 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 Giants.com 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."


Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on kicker Blake Lucas who is looking to bounce back this year after a tough 2013 season. Lucas and special teams coordinator say a few tweaks during the offseason have helped rebuild mechanics and confidence.

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UMass junior kicker Blake Lucas is competing with freshmen Matthew Wylie for the starting job. Last season, Lucas missed seven of 10 attempts before being benched, but after a strong spring that has carried over to preseason, he is expected to handle extra points and field goals for the Minutemen.



Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire has a feature on the return of UMass wide receiver Marken Michel who is back with the team after spending the 2013 campaign away from the program.

"All slates are clean. I have to prove to them that I can play," Michel said. "But most importantly I want to prove to myself and the UMass nation that I can play. If I do that, everything else will take care of itself."  The year off gave him a new appreciation for playing football.  "I missed it," he said. "You're always going to miss something you love. Being back is amazing."




Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian spoke with UMass quarterback A.J. Doyle on the change in culture surrounding the football program under head coach Mark Whipple.

"There is a lot more energy, it's a lot better energy too," Doyle said. "It's just a lot more fun to be right here. Obviously with the coaches, new systems, everyone is just excited to play football."

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Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian looks at how fifth-year senior linebacker Stanley Andre's leadership will be key in helping the Minutemen transition into new defensive coordinator Tom Masella's 3-4 scheme.

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"He's great, he's been absolutely terrific," Masella said of his 6-foot-2, 240 pound linebacker. "He's a calming influence and a voice of reason with our kids on the team that puts them in a comfortable position. And at the same time, he's a very good football player, he's a smart football player who really works at it."





Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a feature on transfer quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and his transition into Mark Whipple's offensive scheme.

"To have a chance to come here and have a chance to play under him and just listen to some of the things he says about certain plays and footwork and stuff like that is where you can really tell he knows a lot about the quarterback position," Frohnapfel said.





Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a short Q&A with UMass cornerback and return man Trey Dudley-Giles from earlier this week as preseason camp officially began for the Minutemen.

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has an in-depth look at the UMass defense under new coordinator Tom Masella.

"I think at the end of day, my philosophy has been to give multiple looks and blitz from different angles with different people," said Masella, who previously coached the defense at UMass under Whipple from 2002-03. "We're not only playing 3-4. We'll play other things. For me, that allows us to be multiple.  "That's the biggest difference from a year ago."

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on running back Jordan Broadnax and his return to the field this week after missing the 2013 season with a knee injury suffered in last season's preseason camp.

 "It's a pleasure to be out here. I'm just happy to be playing again," Broadnax said after practice Thursday. "It's been a long, uphill climb and I'm still climbing today. Just to get back on the field, that's an enjoyment in itself."

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican spoke with new wide receiver Alex Kenney this week after practice and has short five-question Q&A posted from his interview.

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Daniel Malone of the Springfield Republican caught up with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple and junior wide receiver Tajae Sharpe recently to discuss the potential for a successful downfield passing game in 2014, something Malone sees as an aspect of the game the offense missed in 2013. Malone believes a corp of speedy wide receivers, such as current Minutemen Marken Michel, Alex Kenney and Sharpe, could make the difference for UMass football in 2014.

Minutemen expecting more opportunities to throw deep | masslive.com

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