Dan Malone of MassLive.com has a Q&A feature with defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo and the improvement his group has made in his three years with the program. Sollazzo says there is still room for growth overall, but notes that his group has shown maturation and improvement over the years.
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Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian takes a look at Saturday's game at Toledo for the UMass football team with a specific focus on the Rockets' run game which is one of the best in the nation. The challenge he says will be for the UMass front seven to contend with a talented and experienced Toledo offensive line and a trio of running backs that all have different styles.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on what the UMass defense, in particular the defensive line, will have to do on Saturday to keep the Boston College offense at bay.
John Connolly of the Boston Herald had a feature story on UMass football nose tackle Daniel Maynes on Sunday that discussed his battle against Crohn's disease. Maynes was forced to miss the 2011 season due to the condition, but has worked to keep the disease at bay while competing for the Minutemen.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at the defensive line which is one of the youngest units on the defensive side of the ball. The group is anchored by senior nose tackle Daniel Maynes and received a boost when Sha-ki Holines transferred to UMass last fall after initially enrolling at UConn.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on how having a trio of coaches from Charley Molnar's staff - Ted Daisher, Dave Sollazzo, and Shane Waldron - has helped make Mark Whipple's transition smooth since he took over the hiring. The veteran trio are praised for their coaching ability, but it's also pointed out that the group has helped keep recruiting strong while also keeping relationships strong with the current players.
Cameron McDonough has a feature on fifth-year transfer defensive end Justin Anderson and the role his relationship with defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo had in his decision to come to UMass. Sollazzo recruited and coached Anderson when the two were at Maryland in 2009 and 2010.
Bob McGovern of the Maroon Musket has a feature profile on freshman defensive lineman Joe Tyo who is a walk-on with the Minutemen. Tyo is a special story in that despite his size and strength, he has only played two years of football before coming to UMass.
"The kid has only played two years of high school football, and for him to do some of the things that he's doing already is really outstanding. He's just another great kid that comes out here with a blue-collar work ethic every single day," said defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo. "I like him a lot. He's doing a good job, and he's going to be a big boy. He's already standing out, and he's showing a lot as a walk-on coming into camp."
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the UMass defense and how it hopes to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks in 2013.
The story includes quotes from defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo who has one of the oldest and most veteran position groups on the team.
"It's really hard to get sacks nowadays because they get rid of the ball so quick," Sollazzo said. "So we grade other stats as well - hurries, pressures, knockdowns. It's anything, really, to help make the quarterback throw where he doesn't wanna throw or get rid of the ball sooner than he wants to get rid of it."
A spotlight on UMass football's defensive line at practice on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 featuring coach Dave Sollazzo and transfer defensive end Justin Anderson.