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Listen to the podcast of the September 7 edition of the Bud Light UMass Football Show from The Hangar Pub & Grill in Amherst. Head coach Mark Whipple and player guests Jovan Santos-Knox and Blake Frohnapfel recap training camp and preview the Minutemen's season-opener at Colorado.

With the NFL Draft coming this weekend, Dan Malone of takes a look at where Jean Sifrin could likely be drafted. While no other Minutemen are likely to be drafted, Stanley Andre does have a strong chance of being picked up as a free agent. Malone also looks ahead to next year as several Minutemen are potential Draft prospects including Tajae Sharpe, Blake Frohnapfel, Jovan Santos-Knox and Randall Jette.

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 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.

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.

Coverage & Recaps From @UMassFootball 24-10 Win Over Ball State

Previews Of Wednesday's @UMassFootball Game Vs. Ball State

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.

Gazette: @UMassFootball defense shows signs of coming together in win

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.

Recaps & Coverage Of @UMassFootball 36-14 Win Over Eastern Michigan

Thursday Previews Of Saturday's @UMassFootball Game At Kent State

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 defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles (9) is expected to return from his injury and play Saturday at Kent State.

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.

(Alec Zabrecky/Daily Collegian)

Recaps & Coverage Of @UMassFootball Loss At Miami

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.

Headlines & Previews Of @UMassFootball At Miami (Ohio)

Coverage and Recaps From @UMassFootball Loss To Bowling Green

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.

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. 

Coverage & Recaps From Football's Loss At Penn State

Preview Coverage Of @UMassFootball Vs. Penn State On Saturday

Game Day Stories Preview @UMassFootball vs. Colorado (3 PM)

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.

Collegian: Minutemen anxious to display aggressive defense

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.

Gazette: Kassan Messiah, UMass linebackers get fresh start

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.

Gazette: UMass freshmen give football program bright future

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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.