Andrew MacDougall of the Boston Globe has a feature story on UMass running back Jamal Wilson who is in the mix to be the Minutemen's starter for next weekend's season-opener against Boston College at Gillette Stadium. Wilson earned his way as the starting tailback last year before suffering injuries down the stretch which limited his play. The Minutemen figure to have a deep and experienced backfield this year with four different players having started games during their careers.
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Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story focused on all-time great Marcel Shipp who is now coaching the running backs which is a group that could potentially be one of the deepest in terms of talent this year. Shipp gives his thoughts on Coach Whipple's offense, while Jamal Wilson and Lorenzo Woodley speak to being coached by one of the greatest players in UMass history.
The defense looked impressive throughout the night turning in several highlight plays, but wide receivers Jalen Williams and Shakur Nesmith each put on displays for the offense with several outstanding plays of their own as Team Minutemen defeated Team UMass in the annual Spring Game on Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium.
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Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a preview of UMass' Homecoming game against Western Michigan on Saturday.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican hands out his weekly helmet stickers with Khary Bailey-Smith (10 tackles, 2 INT), Jamal Wison (146 total offense), Rob Blanchflower (98 yards receiving, 1 TD) each getting recognition.