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The New York Giants signed Michael Cox to the active 53-man roster his week and Julian Talley to the practice squad as announced by the club. Talley had been activated to the 53-man roster previously.

UMass Alum Julian Talley Signed To Giants Active Roster

The New York Giants announced today that former UMass standout Julian Talley has been signed to the active roster for this week. Talley has been on the Giants' practice squad for the bulk fo the season. That puts three former Minutemen on the current New York active roster: Talley, Victor Cruz, and Michael Cox.

UMass Trio Help Giants To Preseason Win Over Steelers

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A trio of Minutemen saw action last night for the New York Giants as Victor Cruz, Julian Talley and Michael Cox each played in the preseason game at Pittsburgh.

Cruz finished the game with one catch for 57 yards and a touchdown, while Talley had one catch for 29 yards. Cox was the team's top rusher with 33 yards on 9 carries including a long run of 12 yards.

Jorge Castillo of The New Jersey Star-Ledger has a Q&A with former Minuteman Julian Talley who is an undrafted free agent for the New York Giants. The piece outlines some of the similarities between Talley and Victor Cruz.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on how the success James Ihedigbo and Victor Cruz are having in the NFL has served as an inspiration and a blueprint to pro-football hopefuls Julian Talley and Tyler Holmes. Talley and Holmes are currently in Florida working out to prepare for various NFL scouting combines.

Steve Levine of the Daily Collegian recaps the tough loss for the football team to Villanova on Saturday.

Recaps From Football's Loss To Villanova

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A tough day for the UMass football team as the Minutemen dropped a 35-17 decision to Villanova at McGuirk Stadium on Saturday.

Boston Herald: Mass-ive mistakes
Philadelphia Sports Daily: Villanova Upsets UMass

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has his game preview of today's contest at Richmond focusing on the Spiders need of a win for postseason hopes.

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has a look at Julian Talley's season so far following his career-performance against New Hampshire. The story also takes a look into the wideouts flair for entertainment and helping young children at a local elementary school.

Recaps From Football's 27-21 Loss To New Hampshire

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Boston Globe: UMass Football giving its level best

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Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe has a preview of Saturday's game at Boston College focusing on the confidence built from past performances against FBS programs, including last year's narrow loss at Michigan.

But this is a new era for football at UMass, which will move up to the Bowl Subdivision next season and join the Mid-American Conference. Narrow defeats at Navy (21-20, in 2006), Kansas State (21-17, in 2009), and Michigan (42-37, in 2010) indicate UMass can compete at the next level.  

"In the last two years, in particular those games against Kansas State and Michigan, we certainly had our chances in big-time atmospheres,'' Morris said. "Our players haven't played at Boston College but as a staff we have, and we know what to expect from Boston College football. We'll be ready to go. On paper, they are our best opponent, the strongest team we'll play.  

"If you go by the Michigan, Kansas State, and Navy games, those are good indicators of where you are as a program. I think we're a very competitive program but we still haven't recruited a truly FBS recruiting class. We're going to go out and play and compete with anybody we play against and our goal is to win the game."

Matt Vautour has a look at tomorrow's home-opener against Rhode Island at McGuirk Stadium and the motivation the Minutemen are using after last season's tough loss to the Rams to end the year.

Gazette: UMass, quarterbacks focus on fundamentals

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a look at UMass' early bye week and the work that will be done by the UMass football team - specifically the preparation of quarterbacks Brandon Hill and Kellen Pagel.

University of Massachusetts football coach Kevin Morris said he probably wouldn't be making a decision on how he planned to use his quarterbacks until next week.  

A bye this early in the season is unusual but not unheard of. Morris is hoping to use this week to focus on improving his own team, including the quarterbacks, before preparing for Rhode Island next week.  

"We're really focusing on fundamentals and spending the week on us, making sure we're where we need to be. We'll put the focus on Rhode Island next week," said Morris, who said quarterbacks Brandon Hill and Kellen Pagel would both see considerable action in practice.
UMass All-Access catches up with a trio of wide receivers in Jarvis Bentley, Elgin Long and Julian Talley along with fullback Thad McCummings who were Thursday's Blueshirt MVP honorees.

UMass All-Access catches up with UMass Football Blueshirt MVP's Darren Thellen and Rob Blanchflower from Monday's practice and Julian Talley from Wednesday's practice session.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at the UMass wide receiving corps today with a focus on Julian Talley's experience being crucial. The preseason All-CAA pick is the lone returning wideout with significant career receiving numbers. Jesse Julmiste and Tom Gilson are expected to push for starting roles as well.

Vautour also rounds up several other key positions on the offense including the running back spot to back up Jonathan Hernandez.

Photo: There's some catching up to do

Videos From CAA Media Day

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Happy Birthday to Football's Julian Talley, Women's Track & Field's Katherine Finnegan, and Women's Lacrosse's Sarah Mullen!

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Talley Listed On CFPA Wide Receiver Watch List

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As the 2011 season approaches, College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) will be releasing a preseason watch list each week. Three CAA wide receivers, including UMass' Julian Talley, were included. 

The other CAA WR's Norman White (Villanova) and Ryan Moody (William & Mary).

Jonathan Hernandez was on the running back's watch list which was released last week. Next week, June 7, will be the watch list for defensive linemen.


Gazette With Players' Perspective On Move To FBS

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has this story on the players' perspective on the move to FBS and the MAC.

After Wednesday's press conference, all talk about the University of Massachusetts football program naturally revolved around its future. But lost in the chatter and debate about Gillette Stadium, the Mid-American Conference, bowl games and exciting potential nonconference opponents were any thoughts about the present. 

Report From UMass Football Practice 6 With MVPs

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Check out the UMass Football Practice 6 Report With MVPs. Interviews with Shane Viveiros, Julian Talley, Emil Igwenagu, Stephane Milhim, Theo Agnew and coach Kevin Morris. The next practice is slated for Saturday morning. The UMass Football Spring Game is April 30 at 4 p.m.

Republican: UMass Looks To Talley Road Win

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Read Ron Chimelis' in the Springfield Republican, as he writes about how UMass seeks to win on the road for the first time since 2008.

Among the players looking to key an end to the losing streak are quarterback Kyle Havens and receiver Julian Talley. Check out the story to see what they have to say.

Gazette: UMass Looks To Run Wild Vs. HC

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Among the encouraging things for the University of Massachusetts football team from last week's 27-23 upset of then No. 4 William & Mary, was how efficient the offense looked despite having so many new faces in the lineup.

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.

Gazette: Preview Of UMass-Holy Cross Tilt

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University of Massachusetts football coach Kevin Morris was curious how his team would react this week preparing for Saturday's 6 p.m. game against Holy Cross at McGuirk Stadium.

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.

Talley Mentioned In Courier-Post Of NJ

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UMass receiver Julian Talley is mentioned as one of the top products of Winslow High School in the Courier-Post of New Jersey.

Gazette: Preview Of Football's Offense

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In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour takes a look at the Minutemen on offense with a breakdown of each position.

Gazette Feature On Julian Talley In His New Role

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As the leading returning receiver, junior Julian Tallley was his added duties on his shoulders this season.  "I've learned a lot these past three years," Talley said after Monday's first practice of the season. "It's all coming together. I'm looking to be a guy everyone can count on. Not just me, the whole receiving corps has to get it done. But I have to be the leader."

Read Matt Vautour's complete story on the Winslow, N.J., native in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.