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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

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 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 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.

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.

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."






(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.

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.

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.

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)




Coverage & Recaps Of @UMassFootball 40-17 Win At Kent State

Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe has a feature story on Blake Frohnapel and his adjustment to working in Mark Whipple's offense. This story also touches on the decision to go for the game-winning touchdown at Miami (Ohio) with the clock set to restart, potentially under three seconds. 


Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story focusing on some tweaks the UMass football team made this week during practice to change up its routine heading into the Kent State game. Blake Frohnapfel and Daniel Maynes are quoted on some of their pre-game rituals.



Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook on UMass football which includes an update on Tajae Sharpe being named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List on Tuesday morning.

"It's a great honor. It's real humbling and a great honor to be mentioned with those other guys," Sharpe said. "I wasn't thinking about it at all. I was just trying to go out every week and play the best I can. I didn't have any awards, especially an award as great as that, on my mind. When you work hard things like that happen."

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UMass wide receiver Tajae Sharpe, left, was added to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award.


Recaps & Coverage Of @UMassFootball Loss At Miami

Miami rallied back from a 27-point deficit on Saturday to defeat UMass 42-41 at Yager Stadium in what was a tale of two halves for the Minutemen. UMass led 41-21 at the break, but a tough second half marred by turnovers opened the door for the RedHawks. The Minutemen were able to manage a last minute drive down to the six-yard line, but a play with three seconds left in overtime fell just short of the goal line.



Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story on the relationship forged by UMass football quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and head coach Mark Whipple. That relationship has translated into an improved offense for the Minutemen.

"I've never had that kind of relationship with a coach before. That's been great. I wouldn't say that's what I was looking for, but it's been an added bonus," said Frohnapfel, who'll try to earn his first victory on Saturday when the Minutemen travel to Miami (Ohio) for a 2:30 p.m. game. "I've really enjoyed being here. Having a head coach, who is an offensive guy and a quarterback guy, has been great."

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UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, center, listens to coach Mark Whipple during preseason at McGuirk Stadium.





Headlines & Previews Of @UMassFootball At Miami (Ohio)

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.

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.






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).




Preview Coverage Of @UMassFootball Vs. Penn State On Saturday

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

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: 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.




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



The first of nine episodes of the Bud Light UMass Football Show for 2014 airs tonight from 7-8 p.m. on the UMass Sports Network live from The Hangar Pub & Grill on University Drive in Amherst. Head coach Mark Whipple will be joined by transfer quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and redshirt junior defensive back Randall Jette for the hour-long program, which will preview Saturday's season opener against Boston College.

Fans can listen on WEEI 105.5 FM Springfield and 1440 AM in Worcester, online, or by downloading the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile devices. A podcast of the show will be available on UMassAthletics.com Friday morning.

Submit a question for Coach Whipple by tweeting @UMassSportsNet or clicking here. Selected questions will be used during tonight's show.

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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.
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.

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.







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 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.




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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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 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.





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

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.

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.

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