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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 UMassAthletics.com 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.

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