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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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has Blake Lucas as his No. 10 player to watch during the UMass football season. Lucas has struggled at times on field goal conversions despite showing tremendous accuracy and range in practice. The third-year kicker will enter 2014 with a clean slate, but increased competition as well.
Following a strong end to his 2012 season as a freshman, kicker Blake Lucas experienced some disappointed on the field last season. With renewed confidence this spring, the rising junior is looking forward to making a strong comeback according to Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican hands out his weekly helmet stickers following UMass' loss at Buffalo. His top three players of the game were Tajae Shapre, Trey Dudley-Giles, and Blake Lucas.
Dan Malone has a story in the Springfield Republican today on the struggles this season for place kicker Blake Lucas. Lucas missed a pair of long-distance field goals in the Miami (Ohio) win, but was able to convert a 25-yard kick. This year, he has missed on four kicks of 44+ yards, however, he is a perfect 7-for-7 on PAT's (14-of-15 in two seasons).
"I have a lot of confidence in Blake," Molnar said during his weekly appearance on the Mid-American Conference coaches teleconference. "I think Blake has confidence in himself, and his teammates certainly have confidence in him."
Bob McGovern of the Maroon Musket has a feature profile of Blake Lucas and his progression from last season to know as UMass' place kicker.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has soundbites from UMass football head coach Charley Molnar following practice on Monday. Molnar spoke about where the team was progress-wise, on the increased size of the wide receiver corps, on kicker Blake Lucas, on tailback Jordan Broadnax and on freshman quarterback Todd Stafford.