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The UMass football team was able to generate over 200 new donor applicants for the Bone Marrow Donor Registry on Wednesday afternoon. The Minutemen helped signed up potential donors to the registry where they could possibly help save the life of someone dealing with blood cancers. In 2012, former UMass defensive back Ryan Carter was actually selected as bone marrow match and made the donation to help save a five-year-old boys life.

Andrew Cyr has a notebook focusing on the defensive side of the ball in today's Daily Collegian. Cyr interviews safety Joe Colton and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox who both say the spring practice sessions and offseason workouts have the team feeling confident after a full year with Mark Whipple's coaching staff and systems in place.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a look at the seven Minutemen named to the MAC All-Academic Team. Highlighting the group was Matt Sparks who is a two-time honoree. To earn the honor, players needed a 3.20 cumulative GPA while being a starter or important reserve.

Podcast Of Bud Light @UMassFootball Radio Show (11/10) Now Available

Get ready for Wednesday's UMass football game at McGuirk Stadium against Ball State by listening to the podcast of Monday's Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show. Head coach Mark Whipple breaks down the Cardinals and the player guests on the show were tight end Jean Sifrin and safety Joe Colton.

Join head coach Mark Whipple tonight from 7-8 p.m. at The Hangar on University Drive in Amherst for the Bud Light UMass Football Show. Host Josh Maurer and coach Whipple will preview Wednesday's nationally-televised matchup against Ball State at McGuirk Stadium following the team's bye week. Player guests include safety Joey Colton and tight end Jean Sifrin.

If you can't make it to The Hangar, listen live on 105.5 FM (Springfield) and 1440 AM (Worcester). Fans can also listen live online at or on mobile devices by downloading the TuneIn Radio app. A podcast of the show will be available on Tuesday morning.

Submit a question for Coach Whipple by tweeting @UMassSportsNet or by clicking here. Selected questions will be used during tonight's show.

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Gazette: After break, @UMassFootball team ready to get back work

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette takes a look at UMass' bye week - actually a longer stretch than normal with 16 days between games - and how the players have responded to having some time off. Head coach Mark Whipple talks about how he instructed the team to get away for a bit and to just be college students again.

Gazette: @UMassFootball intent on finishing the season strong

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook focusing on UMass football's mentality coming down the home stretch. Despite being out of contention for bowl eligibility, the Minutemen say finishing this season strong over the next three games is a key goal.

Headlines & Previews Of @UMassFootball At Miami (Ohio)

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story on junior safety Joe Colton and how playing against Boston College on Saturday will be more than just a game for him. The native of Norwood grew up watching Boston College games and had hoped to one day play there. After being overlooked, Colton was able to earn a spot at UMass in 2012 and made an instant impact.

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story which focuses on the UMass football secondary including the move of Trey Dudley-Giles from cornerback to safety during the preseason. The move has opened up an opportunity for Jackson Porter to move back to his natural safety position as well.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican continued his top 25 countdown of UMass football players to watch with safety Joey Colton coming in at No. 23. Malone writes that Colton is one of the top players on the defense and is one of the "foundation guys" and will be a key to success this season.

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this weekend's match-up between UMass and No. 21 Northern Illinois. Chiarelli calls the game, "UMass' toughest game of the season."

Minutemen Face Tough Task In NIU's Jordan Lynch

Both the Daily Collegian and the Springfield Republican have stories today on what the UMass defense must do against Northern Illinois' Heisman candidate quarterback Jordan Lynch who is as good running the ball as he is throwing it.

Collegian: Defense stepping up for UMass football

Cameron McDonough of the Daily Collegian has a story on the UMass defense and its improvement over the last four games.

Republican: Joey Colton emerging as a leader on struggling UMass defense

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Joe Colton and how he has been making his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball.

"His actions really speak on the field," said coach Charley Molnar, who described Colton's performance against the Wildcats as "absolutely outstanding."

"I think the guys, whatever Joe says, they listen. I listen when he talks. He just has a real command about himself on the field."

You're probably familiar with Colton's inspirational story by now. A standout player at Westwood's Xaverian Brothers High School and Avon (Conn.) Old Farms, Colton received little attention after his senior year, due largely to his less-than-Football-Bowl-Subdivision stature (5-foot-8, 195 pounds).

Undeterred, he wound up walking on at UMass last season. And despite his perceived shortcomings, Colton appeared in 11 games (starting two), finished fifth on the team with 50 tackles and earned himself a full scholarship in the process.

He was the quintessential "Made in Massachusetts" player.

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Republican: Week 3 helmet stickers for the Minutemen's top performers

Dan Malone gives his analysis of which Minutemen performed best at Kansas State over the weekend. Joe Colton, Stacey Bedell and Tajae Sharpe each are singled out for their performances against the Wildcats.

Herald: UMass offense shows spark in loss

John Connolly of the Boston Herald writes on Monday that positive signs were shown by UMass in the loss at Kansas State especially on the offensive side of the ball.

Charley Molnar highlights the play of Joe Colton on the defensive side of the ball and says it was a bad quarter that really impacted the game. The defense didn't allow any first quarter points and held KSU to just 10 points in the second half.

UMass Football Radio Show To Air From The Hangar On Monday

The weekly Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show, hosted at the Hangar Pub and Grill (55 University Drive) in Amherst, Mass., will occur tonight, Monday, Sept. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. In addition to head coach Charley Molnar, redshirt-senior offensive lineman Vincent Westcarr and sophomore defensive back Joe Colton will appear as the weekly player guests.

Questions for the 'Ask The Coach' portion of the show can be submitted online here.

Fans who are unable to be present for the show can listen in through through their mobile devices using the TuneIn App or online with WEEI 105.5 FM website. More information on this and all upcoming UMass Football Radio Shows is available on and through the UMass Sports Network Twitter account.

Coverage From First Week Of Football Training Camp

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Lots of coverage from the first week of preseason training camp. The Minutemen held their first two-a-day session on Saturday with a scrimmage during the afternoon practice.

The team had Sunday off with the exception of meetings in the afternoon and evening. UMass will hold another two-a-day on Monday as the work week begins again.

Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican has a feature on Joe Colton being awarded a scholarship on Wednesday. Colton says that a major reason for his determined play this year was being doubted as a FBS player coming out of high school.

Gazette: UMass freshman Joe Colton earns football scholarship

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on Joe Colton who was awarded a scholarship on Wednesday. The true freshman walk-on from Norwood, Mass., was one of the most productive defensive players this season.

Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican also takes a look at the play of Joe Colton this season and what he adds to the UMass secondary.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story on Joe Colton who has exceeded expectations with his play as a back-up and starting strong safety for the UMass football team. A Norwood, Mass., native, Colton is able to play home games just a few minutes away from his friends and family.