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Republican: Flanagan Has Seen Both Sides

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Nice feature in the Springfield Republican on new -- and old -- defensive lineman Brandon Flanagan, who has returned to the defense after playing on the O-Line at UMass.

Truth be told, Brandon Flanagan always preferred defense.

"I was a starter at noseguard my sophomore year at Wakefield High,'' the University of Massachusetts senior defensive lineman said. "As the year progressed, I played center, too. But I thoroughly enjoyed defense, having your name called (on the P.A. system) for making a tackle in the backfield.''

As football's line of scrimmage goes, Flanagan knows both sides of the story.

Tune in a 7 p.m. on Thursday night for the Bud Light UMass Radio Show with Kevin Morris. The show will air on WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Mass and 1510 AM in Eastern Mass and be available on Host Josh Maurer will talk football with the coach as well as stars from the UMass win over William & Mary: junior tailback Jonathan Hernandez and senior defensive lineman Brandon Flanagan. If you have a question or comment for the show, please send it via twitter @UMassAthletics or send it to Ask The Coach.

Gazette: Defensive Line Has Plenty To Prove

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The four starters on the University of Massachusetts defensive line have combined for two career starts and eight career tackles.

The inexperience of that unit is the biggest among a host of questions facing the Minutemen as they open the 2010 season Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against No. 4-ranked William & Mary at McGuirk Stadium.

Read the full story from the Daily Hampshire Gazette.