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Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story on the move to tight end for A.J. Doyle - a transition which happened just a week prior to the spring game. Doyle will continue to play quarterback, a position where he started in 2013, but could see meaningful time at tight end this fall 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.
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.
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."
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
The second era under head coach Mark Whipple officially kicked off on Monday afternoon as the Minutemen took to Gladchuk Field for the first practice of the 2014 campaign. Tons of news and coverage as the media were there to cover the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on quarterback Mike Wegzyn who will likely start on Saturday against Northern Illinois as A.J. Doyle recovers from injury.
After falling behind late in the fourth quarter, UMass was able to rally with a potential game-winning drive in the final minutes at Gillette on Saturday, but a missed two-point conversion try for the win with 22 seconds remaining gave the Broncos a 31-30 win on Homecoming.
Behind a strong defensive effort that produced nine points, a grinding run game from Branden Oliver and three field goals, Buffalo defeated UMass 32-3 on Saturday afternoon at UB Stadium. The Minutemen will next turn their focus to Western Michigan in this Saturday's homecoming game at Gillette Stadium.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story today on how the UMass football team has re-focused its efforts to the Buffalo game this week after last Saturday's win over Miami.
A strong defensive effort with three interceptions alongside some timely offense lifted UMass to a 17-10 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday in front of 21,707 fans at Gillette Stadium. Check out the coverage of the win and highlights below.
Dan Malone has a preview of the Vanderbilt game focusing on the test that the Vanderbilt defense will pose to the UMass offense. Quarterback A.J. Doyle says that he and the Minutemen are excited once again to see how they play against a team from one of the top conferences in the country.
Jack McCluskey of ESPNBoston.com has a preview of the Vanderbilt game and a feature story on sophomore quarterback A.J. Doyle. The story focuses on Doyle's recruitment by head coach Charley Molnar and the progression he's made since first coming to UMass.
Molnar likes to say the Minutemen are pounding at a rock as they continue to work in Year 2 of the transition, and that eventually that rock is going to break.
"I honestly feel we're just a play away from this exploding where we're putting up 30, 35, 40 points a game," Doyle said. "When that rock explodes it's gonna be a scary thing and we're gonna be a scary team to play against."
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican writes that A.J. Doyle will start against Vanderbilt on Saturday as announced by head coach Charley Molnar on Monday.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican takes a look at the play of quarterback A.J. Doyle last Saturday at Kansas State writing that he handled adversity well against the Wildcats.
Doyle and UMass responded to adversity, and actually lifted their level of play because of it, taking a 7-6 lead and 138-33 yardage advantage into the second quarter. That, if nothing else, is reason for hope for this struggling team as it continues a difficult schedule.
"I thought our team fought - both sides of the ball fought to the end," coach Charley Molnar said. "I've been to this show before when the wheels have come off, and today, the wheels were loose, but they never came off. And I think that's progress. It's a small sign for me, but certainly something we can sink our teeth into and grow from."
Molnar said Doyle, who finished with 186 yards and two interceptions on 21-of-31 passing, "never flinched" after tossing the pick-6.
John Connolly of the Boston Herald writes on Monday that positive signs were shown by UMass in the loss at Kansas State especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Charley Molnar highlights the play of Joe Colton on the defensive side of the ball and says it was a bad quarter that really impacted the game. The defense didn't allow any first quarter points and held KSU to just 10 points in the second half.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Hampshire Gazette writes that the move to A.J. Doyle at quarterback gave the Minutemen some momentum for the Kansas State game. Although the offense was improved, Doyle and head coach Charley Molnar state that there are many things which need to improve during the next week of practice.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian examines A.J. Doyle's start at quarterback at Kansas State saying that despite an early mistake against the Wildcats, the sophomore was able to regroup and remain poised throughout the game.
Several news outlets reported yesterday that sophomore A.J. Doyle will start at quarterback against Kansas State on Saturday (7 PM, UMass Sports Network) as announced by head coach Charley Molnar after practice.
For Doyle, this will be the second career start after getting the nod in last year's season-finale against Central Michigan.
Doyle battled an injury during the the bulk of spring practices and summer workouts that Molnar said hampered his ability to compete with Wegzyn for the starting job when training camp rolled around. Now that he's gotten healthy, Doyle's performance at practice has picked up.
"It's not that Mike's has gone down, it's just that A.J.s has improved," Molnar said.
In two years, Doyle has thrown for 516 yards, four touchdowns and eight interceptions on 67-of-121 attempts. His only other career start came in the Minutemen's 42-21 loss to Central Michigan in the season finale last year.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the competition and strong relationship between quarterbacks A.J. Doyle and Mike Wegzyn.
Both Doyle and Wegzyn have described their relationship on and off the field as strong. But Doyle admitted the large amount of time they spend together during the week - they also share a hotel room for every road game - tends to make things "a little awkward" when it comes to the fierce battle for the QB job.
"We both understand it's a competition and we both understand only one quarterback can play," Doyle said. "We both have a very good understanding that one of us is gonna play and one of us is gonna sit."
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on UMass' quarterback competition as both A.J. Doyle and Mike Wegzyn are pushing to be this week's starter at Kansas State.
John Connolly of the Boston Herald takes a look at the development of former Catholic Memorial standout quarterback A.J. Doyle in his freshman season with the UMass football team.