Dan Malone of MassLive.com has an update from spring practice on how the tough end of the 2014 season has been serving as motivation for the UMass football team throughout winter workouts and in spring camp. That combined with the realization that the pieces are in place for success have the team energized for the upcoming season.
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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an update from spring practice for the UMass football team where the focus is on winning the MAC Championship and playing in a bowl game next season. Jovan Santos-Knox, Randall Jette and Trey Dudley-Giles all say the ingredients for success are there for the Minutemen.
Sparked by a monster game from linebacker Trey Seals, the UMass defense put together one of its best performances of the season while Tajae Sharpe's 239 yards receiving helped lift the Minutemen to a 24-10 win over Ball State on Wednesday.
- UMass beats Ball State, loses quarterback Blake Frohnapfel to injury | GazetteNet.com
- UMass notebook: Ball State, break fails to slow down receiver Tajae Sharpe | GazetteNet.com
- UMass right at home | Boston Herald
- UMass tops Ball State 24-10 | Boston Herald
- UMass knocks off Ball State in Amherst - Sports - The Boston Globe
- If Blake Frohnapfel is out, UMass wideout Tajae Sharpe says replacing him is 'going to be a team effort' | masslive.com
- UMass football quick hits: Minutemen down Ball State 24-10 in MACtion showdown | masslive.com
- Blake Frohnapfel injured: UMass quarterback carted into locker room late against Ball State; team awaiting test results on right leg | masslive.com
- UMass trumps Ball State 24-10, loses Frohnapfel to right leg injury : The Daily Collegian
- Frohnapfel's season in jeopardy following leg injury, while Sharpe shines in UMass' win over Ball State : The Daily Collegian
- UMass drops Ball State in prime-time game - ESPN Boston
- Defense Shines as UMass Beats Ball State 24-10 - Western Massachusetts Breaking News and First Warning Weather with WGGB.com ABC 40
For the first time in program history, the UMass football team will take the field under the lights on a Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium as the Minutemen host Ball State. The game will be televised on ESPNU starting at 8 PM. Here are some of the story lines to get you ready for the game.
UMass football vs. Ball State: Minutemen ready to make their MACtion debut after long layoff | masslive.com
UMass football prepares for nationally televised game under the lights at McGuirk Stadium : The Daily Collegian
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on the benefits of UMass football's extended bye week as the Minutemen began preparations for Ball State on Wednesday night. Blake Frohnapfel and Jovan Santos-Knox both said the time away has been beneficial, but they are looking forward to playing again next week.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on how the extended bye week has helped several Minutemen rest after nine straight games this season. Malone also speaks to Blake Frohnapfel and Jovan Santos-Knox about being able to watch Ball State play on Wednesday night.
UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel rested and ready to go thanks to extended bye week | masslive.com
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a look at the defensive effort by the Minutemen in the win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Vautour said the effort was the best of the season as UMass was able to disrupt EMU quarterback Reggie Bell and pitch a second half shut out.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on how an improved running game and defensive play have helped the UMass football team over the last two weeks.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has continued coverage of UMass football's win over Eastern Michigan last Saturday. Linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox said in the post game interview that the defense has been enjoying the success of the offense over the past few games where both units have been playing much better than at the start of the year.
A big running day by Shadrach Abrokwah who scored four touchdowns along with Tajae Sharpe whose 13 receptions put him past Victor Cruz on the program's career receptions list helped the Minutemen get past Eastern Michigan 36-14 on Saturday afternoon. UMass has won two-straight games now going into next weekend's match-up at Toledo.
- Balanced offense leads UMass football to second straight win | GazetteNet.com
- Tajae Sharpe has career highs in receptions, yardage in Minuteman win | GazetteNet.com
- UMass football wins its second straight - Sports - The Boston Globe
- Minutemen own winning streak | Boston Herald
- UMass routs Eastern Michigan, earns second win - ESPN Boston
- UMass tops Eastern Michigan 36-14, puts together first FBS winning streak : The Daily Collegian
- Shadrach Abrokwah has career day in UMass football's 36-14 win over Eastern Michigan. : The Daily Collegian
- UMass football's Sharpe continues his banner season in 36-14 win over Eastern Michigan : The Daily Collegian
- Ex-St. John's star Abrokwah powers UMass to win - Worcester Telegram & Gazette - telegram.com
- Quick hits: UMass football makes it two straight with 36-14 win over Eastern Michigan | masslive.com
- Four-touchdown special: Former walk-on Shadrach Abrokwah powers UMass football with career day | masslive.com
- By the numbers: UMass football dominates 4th-quarter time of possession in win | masslive.com
- X-factor to non-factor: UMass defense negates dynamic Eastern Michigan quarterback Reggie Bell | masslive.com
Today we have several previews of Saturday's match-up at Kent State along with an injury update on a couple of key players for the Minutemen. UMass takes on the Golden Flashes at Dix Stadium at 2 PM on Saturday. The game will be aired on the UMass Sports Network and streamed online via ESPN3/WatchESPN.
- UMass safety Trey Dudley-Giles expected to play Saturday vs Kent State | GazetteNet.com
- UMass football injury report: Trey Dudley-Giles, Rodney Mills expected back at practice; J.T. Blyden questionable for Saturday | masslive.com
- UMass football faces uncertainty this Saturday against Kent State : The Daily Collegian
- Winless Kent State keeps pushing ahead in trying season | cleveland.com
Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a story on how the UMass football team is bouncing back after a tough loss at Miami on Saturday - the fourth game this season decided by less than a touchdown and the 3rd in which UMass led at halftime. Cyr says the Minutemen are just a few plays away from realistically being 4-2 overall instead of 0-6.
Miami rallied back from a 27-point deficit on Saturday to defeat UMass 42-41 at Yager Stadium in what was a tale of two halves for the Minutemen. UMass led 41-21 at the break, but a tough second half marred by turnovers opened the door for the RedHawks. The Minutemen were able to manage a last minute drive down to the six-yard line, but a play with three seconds left in overtime fell just short of the goal line.
UMass skirts game-winning field goal attempt, fails on last play in 42-41 loss to Miami (Ohio) | GazetteNet.com
Questionable late-game decision costs UMass football in a 42-41 loss to Miami (OH) : The Daily Collegian
UMass football passes up game-winning field goal for failed touchdown attempt in 42-41 collapse at Miami (OH) | masslive.com
UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel makes the best of bad situation, comes up short against Miami (OH) | masslive.com
UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel frustrated, but not ready to let season spiral out of control | masslive.com
Linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox says UMass football's latest loss is the worst of the season 'by far' | masslive.com
Here's a look at some of the headlines on Thursday as the Minutemen get their final practice in this afternoon before departing tomorrow for Miami (Ohio).
- UMass notebook: Mark Whipple leaves decisions on head injuries to medical staff | GazetteNet.com
- UMass linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox: 'There's no excuse for losing' when the Minutemen score 42 points against an opponent | masslive.com
- After breakout game last week, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel looking for offense to get even better | masslive.com
- Heavy offensive line rotation helping to keep UMass blockers fresh as Minutemen look to cure running game woes | masslive.com
- In a battle of winless teams, the Minutemen are hungry to get their first win of the season at Miami (OH) : The Daily Collegian
- UMass football rushing attack bogged down by minor mistakes : The Daily Collegian
- UMass tight end Jean Sifrin focused on helping the Minutemen earn a victory : The Daily Collegian
- UMass releases nonconference football contracts | GazetteNet.com
- Recovering from injury, UMass linebacker Shane Huber likely to redshirt 2014 season | masslive.com
It was a shootout at McGuirk Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Bowling Green narrowly defeated UMass 47-42 in the Minutemen's first game back on campus since 2011. Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel set school records with 589 yards through the air and five touchdowns, while Tajae Sharpe had 179 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
- UMass football falls to Bowling Green 47-42 in return to McGuirk Stadium : The Daily Collegian
- Missed opportunities overshadow impressive day for UMass football : The Daily Collegian
- Fans react to being back at McGuirk Stadium : The Daily Collegian
- Photo Slideshow: UMass Football Homecoming Game : The Daily Collegian
- Fans help celebrate UMass football team's return to McGuirk Stadium | GazetteNet.com
- HD video board crashes to ground during UMass football game against Bowling Green | GazetteNet.com
- UMass notebook: QB Blake Frohnapfel shines in loss to Bowling Green | GazetteNet.com
- UMass' return to McGuirk ends in 47-42 shootout loss to Bowling Green | GazetteNet.com
- UMass players and fans glad to be back at McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst | GazetteNet.com
- Ex-Minutemen share their favorite McGuirk Stadium memories | GazetteNet.com
- UMass football vs. Bowling Green: McGuirk Stadium homecoming a new and exciting experience for players | masslive.com
- UMass football vs. Bowling Green: Minutemen open MAC play and McGuirk Stadium against reigning conference champions | masslive.com
- UMass chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and athletic director John McCutcheon discuss FBS aims, returning football to Amherst | masslive.com
- Photo gallery: UMass football rings in return to McGuirk Stadium with pep rally, press box ceremony | masslive.com
- UMass football attendance watch: 17,000 fans attend McGuirk Alumni Stadium in sellout | masslive.com
- QB Blake Frohnapfel sets UMass football single-game record with 589 yards passing | masslive.com
- Bowling Green puts up historic numbers on UMass defense: Minutemen give up team-record 668 yards | masslive.com
- McGuirk Stadium video board collapses during UMass football's first on-campus game in three years, no injuries reported | masslive.com
- Minutemen drop high-scoring 47-42 heartbreaker to Bowling Green in return to McGuirk Stadium | masslive.com
- UMass football vs. Bowling Green: Unbalanced Minutemen offense continues to struggle in ground game | masslive.com
- Three-and-out: UMass happy to be home - ESPN Boston
- Herald heroes | Boston Herald
- UMass on home spoil | Boston Herald
- UMass loses a shootout to Bowling Green - Sports - The Boston Globe
- Scoreboard falls at UMass-Amherst football game - Sports - The Boston Globe
- UMass sells out, goes down | The Recorder
- Offense keeps Falcons from defeat at UMass
- Bowling Green edges past UMass 47-42 - CBS 3 Springfield - WSHM
Mark Chiarelli has an editorial in Monday's Daily Collegian focusing on the importance of Saturday's Homecoming game against Bowling Green at McGuirk Stadium - the first campus football game since the move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision and subsequent renovations to the facility.
Despite a strong start in the first quarter by UMass on both offense and defense, Penn State used a four-touchdown second quarter to crack open the game en route to a 48-7 win over the Minutemen.
- Penn State rushes over UMass football 48-7 : The Daily Collegian
- UMass football blown out in all phases against Penn State : The Daily Collegian
- Matt Vautour: Penn State fervor is alive and well in State College - Daily Hampshire Gazette
- UMass notebook: Minutemen's running woes continue - Daily Hampshire Gazette
- UMass outclassed at Penn State, loses 48-7 - Daily Hampshire Gazette
- UMass still confident with conference play on deck - Daily Hampshire Gazette
- Minutemen rush for only three yards, give up six straight touchdowns in 48-7 rout at Penn State | masslive.com
- Missed opportunities abound in frustrating non-conference performance for UMass football | masslive.com
- Minutemen out of their league at Penn St. | Boston Herald
- UMass still upbeat | Boston Herald
- Penn State steamrolls visiting UMass - Sports - The Boston Globe
As we close in on game day, here is a look at some of the headlines from this week previewing UMass football's game at Penn State on Saturday (4 PM, BTN).
- Connections run deep between UMass, Penn State football teams - Daily Hampshire Gazette
- UMass notebook: Running back Lorenzo Woodley back in the picture for Minutemen - Daily Hampshire Gazette
- Versatility of Rodney Mills an effective tool for UMass : The Daily Collegian
- Ben Roethlisberger: Whipple taught me how to be a pro : The Daily Collegian
- UMass in for a challenge against Penn State, QB Hackenberg : The Daily Collegian
- Lorenzo Woodley finds opportunity after getting lost in the shuffle : The Daily Collegian
- UMass football kicking situation still undecided, looking forward to opportunity to play at Beaver Stadium : The Daily Collegian
- After spending time in the 'dog house,' UMass football running back Lorenzo Woodley embracing return to starting role | masslive.com
- Amidst special teams blunders, UMass return specialist Trey Dudley-Giles continues to impress | masslive.com
- UMass football matchup with Penn State a welcomed homecoming for transfers Austin Whipple, Alex Kenney | masslive.com
- UMass football coach Mark Whipple says kicking decision not likely until Saturday; Freshman Matthew Wylie ready if called upon | masslive.com
- Leading the nation in tackles, UMass linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox wants defense to spend less time on the field | masslive.com
Game day is finally here this week and we have several stories today to get you all the information you need for Colorado's visit to Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:00 PM and the game will be streamed online via ESPN3/WatchESPN. On the radio, tune-in to 105.5 FM (Springfield), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester, 1200 AM WXKS (Boston) and 95.9 FM WATD (South Shore).
UMass football vs. Colorado: Minutemen hoping to rattle sophomore quarterback Sefo Liufau | masslive.com
UMass football vs. Colorado: Minutemen, Buffaloes square off in battle of teams looking to turn things around | masslive.com
UMass football vs. Colorado live stream: Where to catch the game - Radio broadcast and online video | masslive.com
UMass defense needs youngsters to learn and improve from game one to game two and beyond | masslive.com
Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox joined head coach Mark Whipple on the September 4 edition of the Bud Light UMass Football Show, which featured highlights of the Boston College game and a preview of this Saturday's matchup against Pac-12 opponent Colorado. For a complete show schedule, visit our football radio information page.
Kai Stevens of ABC40 in Springfield has a special Behind The Scenes tour of the New UMass Football Performance Center as given by linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story focusing on UMass' change to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Tom Masella. Jovan Santos-Knox and Stanley Andre agree with Masella that this year's group will be aggressive and will utilize multiple formations within the 3-4.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story today looking at the UMass football linebackers. The group may be one of the more athletic groups on the roster and with the switch to a 3-4 defense will have a chance to make a big impact in 2014.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette takes a look at the impact the true freshmen and redshirt freshmen classes are making on the UMass football team. All told, 26 freshmen have played this season with 7 earning game starts.