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"Now, even if the defense is on the field, no matter what, I have to be ready. We could get a pick-six for a score and I could have to be out there at any time," Violette said. "It keeps my head in the game more. I'm much more involved in the game."
The shoulder injury that Ihne suffered in the second half of Saturday's 42-37 loss to Michigan will keep the senior out of Saturday's 6 p.m. game at Stony Brook. Ihne, a Wayne, N.J. native, has started all three games this season and has 12 career starts. He was replaced by sophomore Quinton Sales on Saturday.
"Quinton stepped in against Michigan. That's a tough place to start with all of that crowd noise. It wasn't like fourth-quarter mop-up. Those were real snaps," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "Now he's gotten his feet wet. He's got to prove he can do it on a daily basis on the top of the CAA."
Particularly sharp was the play of the Minutemen's no-huddle offense. UMass has used the hurry-up approach in other seasons, but not as regularly as it did Saturday. William & Mary seemed caught of guard by it.
The Minutemen will likely utilize it again in Saturday's 6 p.m. game against Holy Cross.
Read the entire preview in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Not only was it coming off of Saturday's upset of then No. 4 William & Mary, but the student body returned to campus and classes started. On top of that the much anticipated Michigan game looms on Sept. 18, presenting ample potential for loss of focus.
But the Minuteman coach was pleased with what he saw.
Read the whole story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.