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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.
"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."
"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.
"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."