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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at UMass' kicking game going into this weekend's contest at Richmond.

Happy Birthday: Nov. 22 - Jablonski, Toresco, Violette

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Wishing a Happy Birthday to football's Nick Jablonski and Caleb Violette along with lacrosse's Anthony Toresco

Nick Jablonski Anthony Toresco  Caleb Violette

Daily Collegian's Football Previews Vs. URI

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Check out the previews of the Daily Collegian of the UMass football regular-season finale. 

Gazette: CAA Notebook, Honors For UMass

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has its weekly CAA notebook leading off with pair of honors for UMass' Blacksburg natives. Junior linebacker and captain Tyler Holmes was the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, while place kicker/punter Caleb Violette was the special teams' player of the week.

Also of interest, Vautour mentions how UMass' past two head coach will oppose each other this Saturday:

WHIPPLE vs. BROWN - UMass' previous two football coaches will square off against each other this weekend when Miami hosts Maryland. Mark Whipple, who led the Minutemen to the 1998 Division I-AA Championship, is the Hurricanes' offensive coordinator, while Don Brown, who led UMass to the 2006 FCS title game, is the Terrapins' defensive coordinator.

There were quite a few UMass connections in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday in Miami's 24-19 loss to Virginia. Former UMass reserve quarterback Spencer Whipple, Mark's son, saw action for the 'Canes. When starting quarterback Jacory Harris was injured, Spencer Whipple played the remainder of the first half. He struggled completing 2 of 6 passes and was intercepted twice before being lifted for freshman Stephen Morris. On the other sideline, Virginia's head coach is Mike London, the father of former UMass standout wide receiver Brandon London. His defensive coordinator is Jim Reid, who was the head coach at UMass from 1986-1991.

Gazette: Placekicker Perfect This Season

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In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a story about sophomore kicker/punter Caleb Violette and his perfect start to the season in terms of kicking. He's 6-for-6 on field goals and 16-for-16 on extra points. He's one of only six kickers in the Championship Subdivision who haven't missed a field goal and of those six, nobody has made more of them than Violette.

"Now, even if the defense is on the field, no matter what, I have to be ready. We could get a pick-six for a score and I could have to be out there at any time," Violette said. "It keeps my head in the game more. I'm much more involved in the game."

Football Radio Show Thursday Night At 7 p.m.

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Join us at the Hangar Bar & Grille for the UMass Football Radio Show at 7 p.m., tonight as Voice of the Minutemen welcomes coach Kevin Morris and this week's guests senior tailback John Griffin and sophomore kicker/punter Caleb Violette. 

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If you have a question for Coach Morris, please Ask The Coach or send your comments to our twitter accounts @UMass_Football or @UMassAthletics.

Republican: Violette Puts Best Foot Forward

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In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a nice feature story on punter/kicker Caleb Violette. The Blacksburg, Virginia native took an interesting route to Amherst, find out what familiar faces helped him become more comfortable at UMass.

Gazette: Holmes Hopes Preseason Success For Real

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As training camp ended Thursday, University of Massachusetts junior captain Tyler Holmes declared the preseason a success as the Minutemen switched to fulltime preparation for their Sept. 4 opener at home against William & Mary.

"I think we had a very successful camp," Holmes said. "A lot of guys stepped up big and we're going to need them to keep doing that through the season."

Read more in Matt Vautour's story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Gazette Notebook Covers Kicking, Punting, Banners

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Matt Vautour has a notebook in the Daily Hampshire Gazette has looks at the UMass special teams.

"Guys are competing. It's been a little too up and down with some inconsistency," coach Kevin Morris said. "With kickers it's like golf, 10 percent physical and 90 percent mental. We're working on a lot of the mental right now. There's a lot of mental toughness you need. They can all kick. They all have strong legs. ... We're trying to find the right mix and make sure we're scoring on Saturday."