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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story and notebook in today's paper following Media Day on how Courtney Jackson and Shane Viveiros have acclimated to new roles in UMass' 3-4 defensive scheme. Jackson, formerly a defensive end, and Viveiros, formerly a safety, are both now linebackers.

"At first during the spring it was a little shaky," Jackson said. "Now that I've gotten used to it, I like it a lot."  

"There's a lot more opportunities to run free," he added. "It's a chance to make plays. That's what I'm here to do. Pass rushing is fun. It's definitely where I get my excitement from."  

Viveiros agreed.  

"I'm excited for it. It's a chance to be in the box more and make more plays. They moved me because I have the ability to play in coverage as well as play in the box," said Viveiros, who added a few pounds in the off-season to prepare for the move. "As long as I can hit somebody. The best part about it is I get to rush, so there's an opportunity to get sacks."

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Berkshire Eagle: Plenty of change for UMass football

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Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle has a story following yesterday's Media Day focusing on the change surrounding the program: new defense, new quarterback, and next year a new division.

"For a lot of seniors, this could be our last time ever playing the game," said linebacker Tyler Holmes, a preseason All-America selection and the CAA preseason defensive player of the year. "Our attitude is positive, regardless of postseason play or anything like that. We've had great energy in preseason, and I'm just very excited waiting for the season."