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Dan Malone of MassLive.com has a Q&A feature with defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo and the improvement his group has made in his three years with the program. Sollazzo says there is still room for growth overall, but notes that his group has shown maturation and improvement over the years.

Dan Malone of MassLive.com has a story on what head coach Mark Whipple has seen from the football program in terms of growth this spring after his first season back with the program. Whipple says confidence is the No. 1 thing he has noticed with the players. That confidence, he thinks, is translating into more success and growth as the the Minutemen enter their fourth season as an FBS program.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com has a feature story on Ross Comis who will figure prominently in tonight's Spring Game for the UMass football program. Comis redshirt last fall as a true freshman and will push for the No. 2 back-up QB spot in 2015. The rookie was highly touted coming out of West Virginia and was one of the first signees for head coach Mark Whipple after he returned to UMass.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com has a look at the format of tonight's UMass football Spring Game and head coach Mark Whipple's decision to sit several key starters. Whipple speaks to the evaluation process and how the team has improved during the spring practice season.
Dan Malone of MassLive.com has a Q&A feature with UMass football running back Jamal Wilson who has returned healthy to spring practice after suffering a season-ending injury at Vanderbilt last year. The return of the talented Wilson adds another experienced option to the UMass backfield alongside Shadrach Abrokwah, Lorenzo Woodley and J.T. Blyden.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of tonight's UMass football spring game and how it is part of an overall evaluation package for head coach Mark Whipple. The Minutemen will sit several key players in order to get a better sense of how other players handle more minutes on the field.

Collegian: A fan's guide to the @UMassFootball spring game

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a preview and fan guide for tonight's UMass football spring game which begins at 7 PM at McGuirk Stadium. He breaks down several areas to watch on the field and has details on several other fan events which surround the game.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story from spring football practice looking at the running back situation for the Minutemen entering the 2015 season. Vautour writes that head coach Mark Whipple hopes to increase the run game production this year and has a talented stable of running backs who can all help carry the load.

The UMass Sports Network was on hand at spring practice earlier this week to bring fans the sights and sounds of the wide receiver workouts through the day. Check out the drills and workouts the wideouts do as the group prepares for the 2015 campaign.

The UMass football team was able to generate over 200 new donor applicants for the Bone Marrow Donor Registry on Wednesday afternoon. The Minutemen helped signed up potential donors to the registry where they could possibly help save the life of someone dealing with blood cancers. In 2012, former UMass defensive back Ryan Carter was actually selected as bone marrow match and made the donation to help save a five-year-old boys life.



Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story on UMass football linebacker Shane Huber who is back on the field for the Minutemen after sitting out last season following an injury.

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a feature on UMass football running back J.T. Blyden who is having a strong return to the field after suffering through injuries during his freshman campaign this past fall.

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)


The UMass Sports Network recently sat down with new running backs coach Darrius Smith to give fans an inside look at his personality and coaching perspective. Smith breaks down how his career has developed, what he hopes to bring to the program, and his thoughts on the current crop of running backs for the Minutemen.

Dan Malone of MassLive.com/The Republican has a feature story on the versatility of Rodney Mills within the UMass offense. Tabbed "Mr. Utility" by quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, Mills presents a match-up problem for defenses as part of Mark Whipple's offensive attack. 

The UMass Sports Network has a feature from spring football practice which focuses on the team's running back position which is now being coached by Darrius Smith who took over for Marcel Shipp. The position group is loaded with some talented tailbacks bolstered by the return of Jamal Wilson who had his season cut short by injury last year.





Gazette: Rodney Mills is 'Mr. Utility' for @UMassFootball team

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story on tight end Rodney Mills who had a breakout season in 2014 for the UMass football team. Mills is expect to have a bigger role on the offense this upcoming season with the departure of Jean Sifrin who declared early for the NFL Draft.



Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a story from UMass football spring practice focusing on Blake Frohnapfel as he prepares for his second season leading the Minutemen. Both Frohnapfel and quarterbacks coach Liam Coen say having a comfort level and base understanding of the offense is the biggest difference compared to last spring when both where new to UMass.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on new special teams coordinator Mark Michaels who returns for his second stint as a member of the UMass football coaching staff. Michaels has coached at several stops alongside head coach Mark Whipple throughout their careers.

Emily Kaplan of Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback on SportsIllustrated.com has a terrific feature story on Jean Sifrin chronicling his journey and its many twists-and-turns to the NFL Draft. Sifrin's tale is one of overcoming adversity, learning from mistakes and taking hold of opportunities whenever possible which is how he ended up with the UMass football program. It's a well written piece on one of the most interesting and dynamic personalities in program history and this year's potential NFL draftees.
Andrew Cyr has a notebook focusing on the defensive side of the ball in today's Daily Collegian. Cyr interviews safety Joe Colton and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox who both say the spring practice sessions and offseason workouts have the team feeling confident after a full year with Mark Whipple's coaching staff and systems in place.

Matt Vautour has a story today focusing on the evolution of the UMass football team's defense following last season. Randall Jette says the close games which were decided by single possessions showed progress for the program but also instilled a drive into the team during offseason.

Dan Malone of MassLive.com has a story focusing on the experiences of Stanley Andre and Daniel Maynes at Monday's UMass Football NFL Pro Day. Both players say that just having an opportunity to play at the next level is what they've worked for their entire careers.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story focusing on the NFL Pro Day performances and experiences of UMass football standouts Jean Sifrin, Daniel Maynes and Stanley Andre.
Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a feature on Jean Sifrin and his performance at Monday's UMass Football NFL Pro Day. Sifrin showed improvement on his performance earlier this Spring at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and hopes that will help his positioning in the upcoming NFL Draft.

(Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)


Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass Football Pro Day that was held at McGuirk Stadium yesterday. Nearly two dozen players were on hand to perform in front of over 20 NFL scouts. Jean Sifrin was the top player on hand as he improved on the marks he set at the recent NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on the key role Tajae Sharpe will have on the development of freshman wide receiver Lamarriel Taylor. They gray shirt freshman figures to be the heir-apparent to Sharpe's record setting performances on offense.

Dan Malone of MassLive.com has an update from spring practice on how the tough end of the 2014 season has been serving as motivation for the UMass football team throughout winter workouts and in spring camp. That combined with the realization that the pieces are in place for success have the team energized for the upcoming season.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an update from spring practice for the UMass football team where the focus is on winning the MAC Championship and playing in a bowl game next season. Jovan Santos-Knox, Randall Jette and Trey Dudley-Giles all say the ingredients for success are there for the Minutemen.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and the lessons he took away from being a member of the athletic director search committee which recently hired Ryan Bamford. Frohnapfel says that Bamford's enthusiasm, knowledge and research into UMass gave him insight as he pursues his own professional career into athletic administration when he completes his master's program next year.


Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a feature story on the experience UMass football quarterback Blake Frohnapfel gained by being a member of the recent athletic director search. Frohnapfel says he hopes to work in athletic administration one day and that the process gave him keen insight which will help him in his professional life.


Coverage Of @UMassFootball Start Of Spring Practice

UMass football head coach Mark Whipple sat down with reporters last week to preview the start of spring practice which officially began on Saturday afternoon. The Minutemen practiced again on Sunday morning and will have their next sessions on Tuesday and Thursday night before taking off for Spring Break.



Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story looking at Blake Frohnapfel and the impact he is making not just on the football team but on the University overall. Along with his work for a double graduate degree, Frohanpfel is extremely active with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was recently named to the Search Committee for the next permanent Athletic Director.

Coverage Of @UMassFootball 2015 Schedule Announcement

The Mid-American Conference announced yesterday the conference dates for the 2015 football season including eight games for the Minutemen. The biggest news of the release was that UMass would have no bye weeks during the season with an official start of Sept. 12. That means all games will be played in a 12 week span and will be on Saturday's with the exception of the season-finale at Buffalo on Black Friday.


UAB Defensive Back Kelton Brackett Signs With @UMassFootball

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian and Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican both have stories covering the addition of rising senior transfer Kelton Brackett to the UMass football program. Brackett, a defensive back from UAB, will be able to play immediately because the school chose to disband its football program last December.

Kevin Duffy of the Springfield Republican has a feature story from last week's NFL Combine on Jean Sifrin and his intriguing possibility as a future NFL player. Sifrin's story has been well-documented during his one-year with the Minutemen, but he gained national attention by competing in this year's combine.

Continued Media Coverage of @UMassFootball Jean Sifrin at @NFL Combine

There is continuing media coverage of Jean Sifrin taking part in the NFL Combine this week. On Thursday, measurements were released with Sifrin having the largest hands (11 inches) of the group and the second longest arm length (33 3/8").

Herald: At 27, @UMassFootball Jean Sifrin going on NFL draft ride

UMass alum Jeff Howe has a story on Jean Sifrin from Thursday's media day for offensive linemen and tight ends at the 2015 NFL Combine. Howe writes that despite Sifrin's age and relative rawness, teams will give him a serious look due to his athletic ability and size.

Coverage Of @UMassFootball Jean Sifrin As @NFL Combine Begins Today

Lots of Jean Sifrin mentions in the news today as the NFL Combine is officially underway. Today in Indianapolis, the kickers, special teamers, offensive linemen and tight ends will undergo measurements and medical exams followed by a media session and interviews. The NFL Network will carry Friday's on-the-field workouts live.

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Republican: Behind the scenes of @UMassFootball signing day 2015

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story feature the UMass Sports Network's video showcasing the behind-the-scenes elements of signing day for the football program. Included are interviews with several coaches who explain what goes into the day and all that leads up to it.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a Q&A with UMass football recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Spencer Whipple. The pair discuss the workings of recruiting for UMass along with what recruits are looking for when choosing to sign with the Minutemen.


Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story today where he get the thoughts of men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg and football coach Mark Whipple on the departure of athletic director John McCutcheon. McCutcheon's 11-year tenure will come to an end on Feb. 20 at UMass as he takes over at UC Santa Barbara.


Matt Vines of the Shreveport Times in Louisiana has a story on Parkway High School's six football signees last week - a record for the school. Part of that group was tight end Artayvious Lynn who signed with UMass.

"I prefer the cold, and if I could up there now, I would," Lynn said. "The snow was lovely to me on my visit. The snowball fights -- it was all lovely to me.  "I was trying to start something new, far from home. They asked me to play basketball, too, and that's really my favorite sport."




Coverage Of Mike Caggiano Signing With @UMassFootball

Brian Deakyne of NJ.com and Tim Morris of the News Transcript each have stories on local kicker Michael Caggiano signing with UMass football last week. Both stories highlight his career at Manalapan High School and he relates what he looked for in a college and how his relationship with the UMass coaching staff took hold.



Mike Huguenin of NFL.com has a number of under-the-radar story lines on players entering this year's NFL Draft including former UMass football tight end Jean Sifrin. Huguenin relates Sifrin's path to the Minutemen and now, potentially, to the NFL.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on incoming football kicker Michael Caggiano and his potential impact on the program. Head coach Mark Whipple said finding a "good, solid kicker (was a) priority" in this year's recruiting class.

"He's been consistent," Whipple said. "He's a 4-year guy and he's the all-time leading PAT kicker in New Jersey (195 makes). He's kicked three (field goals) over 40 (yards) and he's made some under pressure. He can punt and he's an athlete. He played baseball."

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican both have stories on former UMass football tight end Jean Sifrin who has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.



VIDEO: Behind The Scenes Of @UMassFootball Signing Day

The UMass Sports Network takes you behind the scenes of UMass football's signing day and brings you insight from the coaching staff about how this year's group will add to the program.




Extensive Coverage Of @UMassFootball Signing Day

Coverage Of Marcel Shipp Becoming New York Jets Running Backs Coach

News broke on Tuesday night of Marcel Shipp being named the new running backs coach for the New York Jets. Shipp had returned to his alma mater to coach the running backs last season when head coach Mark Whipple returned. Shipp has formerly worked with new Jets head coach Todd Bowles when the pair were in Arizona together.


Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a look at the seven Minutemen named to the MAC All-Academic Team. Highlighting the group was Matt Sparks who is a two-time honoree. To earn the honor, players needed a 3.20 cumulative GPA while being a starter or important reserve.

Jack Andrade of the Boston Globe has a story today on the process equipment managers take with handling footballs prior to and during a game. Longtime UMass football equipment manager Paul Bys explains the processes which are used in the collegiate game and how he and his staff work with the footballs over the course of the season.

On Tuesday, it was announced that standout tight end Jean Sifrin would forego his senior year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft this Spring. Sifrin went from a relative unknown player in his first year with the Minutemen to one of the nation's top receiving tight ends during the course of the season.










Marc Tracy of the New York Times has a piece examining a recent trend where NFL coaches are leaving the professional ranks to return to the college game. UMass head coach Mark Whipple is quoted in the piece along with Norm Chow, Nick Saban, Butch Davis and Mike Riley.



NFL.com writer Conor Orr has a feature story on the evolution of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The story includes quotes from UMass head coach Mark Whipple who was Roethlisberger's quarterback coach  when he entered the NFL.



Steller Feature: Six Minutemen Earn All-MAC Honors

Daily Collegian: 2015 season is bowl game or bust for @UMassFootball

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a feature on the UMass football team and how he feels the Minutemen have the tools and talent returning in 2015 to make a serious run at a bowl game after the improvement shown this past season.

Cyr: 2015 season is bowl game or bust for UMass football

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a feature on UMass football quarterback Blake Frohnapfel who missed the last two games of the season due to injury. Frohnapfel says he is looking forward to the offseason and expects UMass to have a highly productive offseason after knowing how close the Minutemen were to having more wins in 2014.

Recovering from injury, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel looking forward to next season - MassLive.com


Coverage Of @UMassFootball's Loss To Buffalo In Season Finale

The football team fell 41-21 last Friday against Buffalo in the season finale for the Minutemen. Despite a 3-9 record, the Minutemen won three of their last six games to end the year. The last two losses of the season came without starting quarterback Blake Frohnapfel who was in the midst of producing one of the best seasons in program history. Despite the tough way to end the year, many media members feel the upcoming season will be big for UMass.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on a quick transition back to quarterback for Todd Stafford for the Minutemen's final game of the season. UMass head coach Mark Whipple converted the former QB to a tight end during summer camp, but says the move back is being made to help preserve the redshirt status of AJ Doyle and Ross Comis if an emergency quarterback is needed in the Buffalo game.


Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a follow-up story on the Akron game with Austin Whipple as the focus. Whipple says he is grateful his first start was not the last game of the season and that he feels he has the chance to show improvement in the Buffalo game.


Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring redshirt freshman Austin Whipple as he talks about his first career start at Akron. Whipple says he took several lessons from the performance and that he felt more comfortable in the second half of the game last Tuesday night.


Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story featuring offensive line center Matt Sparks who says the unit needs to do a better job in helping protect quarterback Austin Whipple and work to get the running game going against Buffalo. 


Game Coverage Of @UMassFootball At Akron On Tuesday Night

It's a cold and snowy Tuesday morning here in Northern Ohio as the UMass football team gets ready for tonight's game at Akron which kicks off at 7 PM.

Massachusetts (3-7, 3-3 MAC) at Akron (4-6, 2-4 MAC) 
 Date Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
 Location Akron, Ohio | InfoCision Stadium (30,000)
 Tickets 866-UMASS-TIX |  Ticket Info
 TV ESPN3
 Radio  105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield/Amherst), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester), 95.9 FM WATD (South Shore), 1200 AM WXKS (Boston, Worcester, Manchester, Providence); Listen Online | Use the TuneIn App for Mobile Devices to listen
 Online Video watch www.espn3.com | WatchESPN (App)
 Live Stats gametracker Live Stats
 Social Media
  Twitter.com/UMassAthletics | Live Game Blog
 MAC Teleconference Whipple's Monday Conference Call Quotes (11/17)
 Game Notes Massachusetts Notes | Depth Chart | News Clips | 2014 Media Guide






Weekend Previews Of @UMassFootball As It Preps For Akron On Tuesday

After playing on Wednesday night, the UMass football team will have an abbreviated week as it preps for Akron on Tuesday night (7 PM, ESPN3). As the Minutemen continue to evaluate Blake Frohnapfel's health going into the game, Austin Whipple has taken the first-team reps during practice the last three days.


Coverage & Recaps From @UMassFootball 24-10 Win Over Ball State

Podcast Of Bud Light @UMassFootball Radio Show (11/10) Now Available

Get ready for Wednesday's UMass football game at McGuirk Stadium against Ball State by listening to the podcast of Monday's Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show. Head coach Mark Whipple breaks down the Cardinals and the player guests on the show were tight end Jean Sifrin and safety Joe Colton.





Previews Of Wednesday's @UMassFootball Game Vs. Ball State

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the benefits of UMass football's extended bye week as the Minutemen began preparations for Ball State on Wednesday night. Blake Frohnapfel and Jovan Santos-Knox both said the time away has been beneficial, but they are looking forward to playing again next week.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has an update on the announcement last night that ESPN will carry next Wednesday's UMass vs. Ball State game at McGuirk Stadium (8 PM) on ESPNU. 



Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on how the extended bye week has helped several Minutemen rest after nine straight games this season. Malone also speaks to Blake Frohnapfel and Jovan Santos-Knox about being able to watch Ball State play on Wednesday night.



Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Mark Whipple's weekly conference call with the media where the Minutemen's head coach discussed how the program is being perceived on the recruiting trail, the upcoming Ball State game and having two of the next three games at McGuirk Stadium.



Gazette: After break, @UMassFootball team ready to get back work

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette takes a look at UMass' bye week - actually a longer stretch than normal with 16 days between games - and how the players have responded to having some time off. Head coach Mark Whipple talks about how he instructed the team to get away for a bit and to just be college students again.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican looks at some of the nation's top quarterbacks and where UMass football's Blake Frohnapfel fits in the mix. As one of the nation's leaders in passing yards, Frohnapfel has an outside shot at leading the nation in the category with three games remaining this season.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story looking at the bye week for UMass football and how it will help the Minutemen prepare for its nationally televised mid-week game against Ball State on Nov. 12 - a 16-day separation from the Toledo game.

Vautour states that coach Whipple gave the team four days off until having a team meeting on Thursday and practice on Friday. The coaching staff will also focus on recruiting during that time frame.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican spoke with John McCutcheon on Wednesday about his thoughts on the progress the UMass football program has made during the first year of Mark Whipple's return as head coach.

"We go to MAC opponents now and I can see in the administrators when the games are over - particularly this past week (against Toledo) - that they know they got lucky getting away with a victory. They know they were in a dogfight," he said. "We're as competitive as any team in the MAC and we have the vast majority of the team coming back for next year. That is going to bring some expectations and I think we welcome that with open arms.  

"We're really positioned for future success."

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story focusing on the goals of UMass football's extended bye week prior to the Ball State game. With 16 days between the Toledo and Ball State contests, the Minutemen will have some extra time to heal up injuries and address preparation for its nationally televised Wednesday night match-up against the Cardinals on Nov. 12 (8 PM).

Gazette: @UMassFootball intent on finishing the season strong

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook focusing on UMass football's mentality coming down the home stretch. Despite being out of contention for bowl eligibility, the Minutemen say finishing this season strong over the next three games is a key goal.

Coverage and Recaps of @UMassFootball 42-35 Loss At Toledo

Game Day Coverage And Media Previews For @UMassFootball At Toledo

It's a beautiful day here in Toledo, Ohio as the Minutemen get ready to take on the Rockets at 2 PM (ESPN3). The Minutemen enter the game having won two straight, while Toledo is the only undefeated team in conference action with a 3-0 record.

 Massachusetts (2-6, 2-2 MAC) at Toledo (4-3, 3-0 MAC) 
 Date Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2:00 p.m. (ET)
 Location Toledo, Ohio | Glass Bowl (26,244)
 Tickets 866-UMASS-TIX |  Ticket Info
 TV ESPN3/ESPN Game Plan/BCSN
 Radio  105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield/Amherst), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester), 95.9 FM WATD (South Shore), 1200 AM WXKS (Boston, Worcester, Manchester, Providence); Listen Online | Use the TuneIn App for Mobile Devices to listen
 Online Video watch www.espn3.com | WatchESPN (App)
 Live Stats gametracker Live Stats
 Social Media
  Twitter.com/UMassAthletics | Live Game Blog
 MAC Teleconference Whipple's Monday Conference Call Quotes (10/20)
 Game Notes Massachusetts Notes | Depth Chart | News Clips | 2014 Media Guide








Gazette: UMass puts win streak on the line against MAC leader Toledo

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of Saturday's match-up at Toledo for the UMass football team. Vautour includes quotes from Toledo head coach Matt Campbell as he sees the Minutemen.

"Now we get ourselves into preparation for a really good UMass team that I've been thoroughly impressed with both offensively and defensively as we've been able to dig in and see the job Coach Whipple has done there," he said on Monday's MAC teleconference. "I think they're extremely well-coached, one of the best coached offenses and defenses that I've seen within our conference this year. You can see he does a great job of getting his really good players the ball and putting his players in situations to be extremely successful. You can tell the turnaround has a lot to do with their ability to get their good players the ball in space. Defensively they've had the ability to create havoc."






Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican takes a look at this weekend's match-up at Toledo for the UMass football team. Malone says this will be the most challenging game of the year for the Minutemen amongst MAC teams, but predicts a shootout on the scoreboard between UMass' high-powered pass game and the Rockets run game which is the best in the league.


Andrew MacDougall of the Boston Globe has a feature on Shadrach Abrokwah and his journey with UMass football from a walk-on to a starter. After joining UMass as a walk-on in 2013, Abrokwah started the final two games of the season turning in almost 100 yards a game. In the win over Eastern Michigan, the Worcester native had four rushing touchdowns and 135 yards to pace the Minutemen.

(Cade Belisle/The Massachusetts Daily Collegian)

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian takes a look at Saturday's game at Toledo for the UMass football team with a specific focus on the Rockets' run game which is one of the best in the nation. The challenge he says will be for the UMass front seven to contend with a talented and experienced Toledo offensive line and a trio of running backs that all have different styles.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the UMass offensive line and the recent play of Josh Bruns who played center in place of the injured Matt Sparks the last two games. Bruns, normally a guard, played well in the transition and the depth is seen as a good sign for the Minutemen as the season comes down the home stretch.



Dan Maynes of the Springfield Republican spoke with Toledo head coach Matt Campbell during Monday's MAC Coaches Teleconference. Campbell said he has been impressed with the progress of the UMass football program, especially under Whipple, and thinks the Minutemen are a very competitive team this season.

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story focusing on the improved play of both the offensive and defensive lines for the UMass football team. The Eastern Michigan game was the best of the year for the defensive line which was able to contain dual threat quarterback Reggie Bell for much of the day. The offensive line has been playing well lately with the UMass running game able to contribute more to the offensive game production.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a piece on seniors Dan Maynes and Stanley Andre and what the current win means to them. With the Minutemen playing the best football of their careers, the duo each are enjoying the way the program is progressing under head coach Mark Whipple.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story focusing on UMass football's back-to-back wins and how close the Minutemen were to being bowl eligible this year. He says those close games bode well for UMass heading into the future as it only loses a handful of seniors and graduate students from this year's team.

Gazette: @UMassFootball defense shows signs of coming together in win

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a look at the defensive effort by the Minutemen in the win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Vautour said the effort was the best of the season as UMass was able to disrupt EMU quarterback Reggie Bell and pitch a second half shut out.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on how an improved running game and defensive play have helped the UMass football team over the last two weeks.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has an update on where Tajae Sharpe now stands in the UMass record book for several receiving categories after his 13-catch, 193 yard performance against Eastern Michigan.



Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has continued coverage of UMass football's win over Eastern Michigan last Saturday. Linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox said in the post game interview that the defense has been enjoying the success of the offense over the past few games where both units have been playing much better than at the start of the year.

Recaps & Coverage Of @UMassFootball 36-14 Win Over Eastern Michigan

Game Coverage & Previews For @UMassFootball Vs. Eastern Michigan

It's game day at Gillette Stadium today as the UMass football team hosts Eastern Michigan for the ever-popular Band Day. Read below for today's previews of the game along with all the information on how to watch and where to listen if you can't be there.

 Massachusetts (1-6, 1-2 MAC) vs Eastern Michigan (2-4, 1-1 MAC) 
 Date Saturday, Oct. 18 at 3:00 p.m. (ET)
 Location Foxboro, Mass. | Gillette Stadium (68,756)
 Tickets 866-UMASS-TIX |  Ticket Info
 TV ESPN3
 Radio  105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield/Amherst), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester), 95.9 FM WATD (South Shore), 1200 AM WXKS (Boston, Worcester, Manchester, Providence); Listen Online | Use the TuneIn App for Mobile Devices to listen
 Online Video watch www.espn3.com
 Live Stats gametracker Live Stats
 Promotions Band Day & Educators Day
 Social Media
  Twitter.com/UMassAthletics | Live Game Blog
 MAC Teleconference Whipple's Monday Conference Call Quotes (10/13)
 Game Notes Massachusetts Notes | Depth Chart | News Clips | 2014 Media Guide


Andrew MacDougall of the Boston Globe has a feature on UMass football quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and the year he has had so far for the Minutemen. Frohnapfel is one of the national passing leaders entering the weekend and has turned the UMass offense into one of the best in the Mid-American Conference.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story today on how freshman QB Ross Comis helped the Minutemen prepare for dual-threat Eastern Michigan QB Reginald Bell during the week. Comis along with Elgin Long and Shaquille Harris all split time running the scout team offense this week to help prepare the Minutemen for the speed of Bell.

(Courtesy of Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian takes a look at how dual-threat Reginald Bell, Jr., poses a threat for the UMass defense and what the keys are to contain the quarterback after he had a break out game against Buffalo last week.



Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a feature story on Tajae Sharpe and his strong start to the 2014 campaign through seven games. Because of his play-making abilities, Sharpe is facing additional attention from opposing defenses such as last week against Kent State.

(Courtesy of Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)




Boston Herald: @UMassFootball loves going to Ohio

John Connolly of the Boston Herald has a New England football recap today where he looks at some of the highlights of UMass football's win at Kent State on Saturday.

Saturday's road win snapped a 12-game losing streak, and marked the first time this season that the Minutemen held an opponent to fewer than 30 points. UMass (1-6, 1-2 Mid-American Conference) has now scored 40 or more points in three consecutive games, only the third time it has accomplished that feat in the 132-year history of the program.



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