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Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has an update on Kellen Pagel's return after missing the Villanova game due to injury. He also takes a look at the impact of Shane Vivieros' return to the defense in the recent weeks.

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

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Highlights From Football's 21-10 Win At #9 Delaware

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Gazette: Kellen Pagel back at quarterback for UMass

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story today on the return of quarterback Kellen Pagel to the starting lineup after missing last weekend's game against Central Connecticut.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that quarterback Kellen Pagel will be back in action on Saturday after missing the latter stages of the Old Dominion game.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette leads of his college football notebook in today's edition with news that the Minutemen are expected to have Kellen Pagel back for the Central Connecticut game this Saturday night. The UMass starting quarterback was left with an injury in this past Saturday's game at Old Dominion, where he had led the Minutemen to 26-straight points before leaving the game.

UMass quarterback Kellen Pagel expected to return from injury on Saturday - Daily Hampshire Gazette

Recaps From Football's Loss At Old Dominion

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Recaps Of UMass' Loss At Boston College

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Michael Wood of The Daily Collegian has a recap of football's 36-27 win over Rhode Island on Saturday. The Daily Collegian

Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican looks back at the win over Rhode Island focusing on quarterback Kellen Pagel and how he got better as the game progressed.

Recap From UMass' 36-27 Win Over Rhode Island

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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.
Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle has a recap of the UMass football team's 24-16 win at Holy Cross last Thursday to open the season.

Jonathan Hernandez rushed for 151 net yards and sophomore quarterback Kellen Pagel threw two touchdown passes in his UMass debut as the Minutemen handled Holy Cross 24-16 Thursday night at Fitton Field.  

Emil Igwenagu's first-quarter touchdown run, his first varsity rushing TD, put the Minutemen up for keeps. They held a double-digit lead until Holy Cross scored a touchdown in the final minute of the game.  

"Now we've got a game under our belts," Morris said. "It's a win, so it'll make the meetings and the end result a whole lot happier when you're reviewing the tape because you got the win."  

UMass has until Sept. 17 to iron out the kinks and fix what needs fixing.

UMass Football Highlights From Holy Cross Win

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Recaps Of Football's Opening Win At Holy Cross

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Check out all of the stories on UMass' 24-16 season-opening win on Thursday night in the first ever night game at Holy Cross' Fitton Field.

  • Springfield Republican: UMass football rides Jonathan Hernandez to opening win at Holy Cross
  • Hampshire Gazette: Jonathan Hernandez strong for Minutemen in return home
  • Hampshire Gazette: Quarterback Kellen Pagel helps UMass beat Holy Cross in opener
  • Matt Vautour Blog: Three Stars - UMass-Holy Cross
  • Worcester Telegram: UMass' Hernandez crashes Holy Cross party
  • Worcester Telegram: 15,942 Fans Watch UMass Beat Holy Cross
  • SB Nation: Jonathan Hernandez carrie Minutemen in win
  • Boston Globe: UMass runs past Holy Cross
  • Boston Herald: UMass football shines bright
  • Washington Post: Hernandez helps Massachusetts to 24-16 win over Holy Cross
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  • Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story today profiling Brandon Hill who was named the starting quarterback yesterday for the Holy Cross game on Thursday night.

    When Brandon Hill was deciding where to sign during his senior year of high school in Audubon, N.J., one of his reasons for choosing the University of Massachusetts was the potential to become the starting quarterback early in his career.  

    Hill knew that if he redshirted in 2010, he would have a chance to win the starting job after Kyle Havens graduated.  

    That plan is on track as Minuteman coach Kevin Morris on Monday named Hill, a redshirt freshman, his starting quarterback for the UMass season opener at Holy Cross at 8 p.m. Thursday.

    Photo: UMass names redshirt freshman starting QB
    Jeff Thomas has a story in the Springfield Republican today on yesterday's announcement that Brandon Hill will be the starting quarterback on Thursday night at Holy Cross.

    The University of Massachusetts quarterback sweepstakes goes to redshirt freshman Brandon Hill. 

    The 6-foot-5 right-hander out of Audubon, N.J., beat out redshirt sophomore Kellen Pagel to earn the starting job for the Minutemen, who open the season Thursday at Holy Cross in Worcester. 

    "In the offseason, I worked hard and I've been working toward this for my entire life," Hill said Monday. "I know Kellen worked hard, too. What won it for me? I don't know. I worked hard and did everything I could, tried to learn as much as I could. 

    "Kellen's a great quarterback and it was a good competition and I learned a lot from him as well," Hill said.

    Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an update on the quarterback competition heading into the close of UMass' preseason camp. He also has a football notebook at the bottom of his story covering several topics.

    The University of Massachusetts' quarterback competition may be drawing to a close as the Minutemen will complete preseason training camp today. After an off day Wednesday, UMass will move into full preparation Thursday for the team's Sept. 1 opener at Holy Cross.  

    "It could go all the way up to game time, but then we'd be splitting too many reps going into game week," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "They say if you have more than one quarterback you have none. That's a cliche that has merit. We're probably going to get this thing done as soon as we can."

    Photo: UMass' QB situation remains unsettled
    Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has a story today on the quarterback competition between Brandon Hill and Kellen Pagel for the starting spot.

    Sophomore Kellen Pagel or redshirt freshman Brandon Hill will win the job in a matter of days, if not sooner as the Minutemen are less than a week from getting into game practice. 

    Hill appears to be getting more reps with the first team, but coach Kevin Morris says it is still a competition. 

    "Those guys are in the top two right now fighting for the job," Morris said. "Mike Wegzyn who is a true freshman that we brought in, he's done very well and Ray Pendagrast who has gotten taken away from the quarterback competition a little bit and into the punter competition and he's really getting focused on that."

    Rachel Roberts of has a story and video up today on the quarterback competition between Brandon Hill and Kellen Pagel.

    With only two weeks to go before the University of Massachusetts football team's season opener against Holy Cross, the battle for starting quarterback is still too close to call. 

    Coach Kevin Morris identified sophomore transfer Kellen Pagel and sophomore Brandon Hill as the top two candidates for the job at the annual preseason Media Day at McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Wednesday.

    Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican looks at the quarterback situation for UMass with Kellen Pagel and Brandon Hill leading the charge as the top two signal callers.

    Of the four candidates, sophomore transfer Kellen Pagel and redshirt freshman Brandon Hill appear to be the frontrunners as they have taken the most snaps with the first team in practice. 

    Sophomore Ray Pendagast, who is also competing for the starting punter job, and true freshman Mike Wegzyn are in the mix as well.


    Gazette: Pagel, Hill Front-Runners For QB Spot

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    Matt Vautour has a story today on who will take over at quaterback for UMass following the graduation of Kyle Havens last year. Kellen Pagel is a red-shirt sophomore transfer from Bowling Green, while Brandon Hill is a redshirt freshman.

    Morris said leadership would be a key factor in his decision.  

    "I think it's the leadership first. The team has to respond to him. Both offense and defense. If you can get your defense playing for your quarterback, that's huge," Morris said. "So that would be No. 1. From there it's who's making the plays. You want to take the guy who is going to produce the most and usually that goes hand in hand with the leadership piece."

    UMass received news that transfers Kellen Pagel (Bowling Green), Chris Burns (Pittsburgh) and Ryan Campbell (Ole Miss) will be eligible to play for the 2011 season. The question initially arose due to UMass' move up from FCS to FBS football. NCAA rules allow a player to play immediately when transferring from an FBS school to and FCS school. A player would have to sit out a year, however, when transferring between FBS schools. Because the trio transferred prior to the announced move up to FBS, it was ruled they would be eligible.

    The Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Springfield Republican both have stories.

    Stories On The UMass Football Spring Game

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    The defense topped the offense 44-42 at the annual UMass Football Spring Game. Here are several stories and videos on the game.

    • Springfield Republican: UMass transfer quarterback Kellen Pagel has spring in his step

    • Springfield Republican: It will be up to the UMass team to supply its own meaning to 2011

    • WWLP NBC 22: UMass spring football game

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    Republican Feature On QB Kellen Pagel

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    In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a feature on new quarterback Kellen Pagel, who has performed well in spring football. Pagel came to UMass after a season at Bowling Green.

    UMass Spring Football Practice Underway

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    Check out Matt Vautour's story on the start UMass spring football practice: Quarterback competition starts at UMass spring football practice