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Herald: Justin time for UMass

Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a feature on Justin Anderson who has been playing well over the course of the last four games with the Minutemen's switch to a 4-3 defense.

"With the 4-3 I'm on the edge, and I really enjoy being on the edge," said Anderson. "I'm not saying playing in the 3-4 bothered me much, but I have lot more freedom on the edge with the 4-3, so I welcomed the change. 

"I'm just more comfortable on the edge and I like playing on the edge. I looking inside and seeing where everything is going and keeping the outside contained. I like to attack the tackle by getting off fast from the edge and go after the quarterback."

Cameron McDonough has a feature on fifth-year transfer defensive end Justin Anderson and the role his relationship with defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo had in his decision to come to UMass. Sollazzo recruited and coached Anderson when the two were at Maryland in 2009 and 2010.

Boston Globe: With transfers, UMass football hoping to go places

Emily Kaplan of the Boston Globe has a feature on UMass' three fifth-year transfers in Ricardo Miller, David Osei, and Justin Anderson. The trio joined the Minutemen during the offseason and will make a big impact on the team this season. Last year, UMass also had three transfers in Michael Cox, Hafis Williams and Deion Walker. Cox was drafted following the season by the New York Giants.

[Charley] Molnar is trying to build a culture. It's a culture Miller, Osei, and Anderson are already familiar with.

"The guys on our team right now only have one year of 1-A experience under their belt," Molnar said. "The transfers have four years of experience. They've been there, done that."

They've played meaningful games in big stadiums. They've also all earned degrees.

"The three are leaders," Molnar said. "And add a maturity level to our team as we continue to grow."

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the UMass defense and how it hopes to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks in 2013.

The story includes quotes from defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo who has one of the oldest and most veteran position groups on the team.

"It's really hard to get sacks nowadays because they get rid of the ball so quick," Sollazzo said. "So we grade other stats as well - hurries, pressures, knockdowns. It's anything, really, to help make the quarterback throw where he doesn't wanna throw or get rid of the ball sooner than he wants to get rid of it."

VIDEO: A Look At The UMass Football Defensive Line

A spotlight on UMass football's defensive line at practice on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 featuring coach Dave Sollazzo and transfer defensive end Justin Anderson.