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Boston Herald On UMass' Draft Prospects

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The Boston Herald has a story on local college product that are hopeful of hearing their names called as the NFL Draft starts on Thursday night. Read about it in : Local prospects hoping to catch on.

Offensive lineman Greg Niland of East Bridgewater, who began his career at Northeastern University before it dropped its football program, and went on to play his final season of eligibility at the University of Massachusetts, has piqued the interest of several NFL teams and could be a late-round pick.

Other UMass players to watch are wide receiver Anthony Nelson, who caught 61 passes last season, running back John Griffin of Westminster, another NU transfer, and quarterback Kyle Havens.

"Nelson did real well at the BC pro day and turned some heads," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "Griffin, as well, with his physical skills. Nelson has some people wanting to take a second and third look at how good he is with the ball and how fast he is. Havens, too, has a couple of teams interested. We just need to get this (NFL) lockout to get unlocked, to get these guys into camps to show what they can do."

ESPNBoston On UMass Players At BC's Pro Day

| 11 Comments | No TrackBacks has a story on Boston College's Pro Day which includes five UMass players: tailback John Griffin, quarterback Kyle Havens, linebacker Mike Mele, wide receiver Anthony Nelson and lineman Greg Niland. UMass alum Mike Reiss writes about the event including many comments from Niland.

Having starred at Coyle-Cassidy High School in Taunton, Mass., he earned a scholarship to Northeastern University. But after the 2009 season, the program was cut, putting him in a tough spot.

Would he transfer to finish his football career and keep his NFL dreams alive? Or stay at Northeastern to get his degree?

As it turned out, Niland took advantage of a plan that allowed him to transfer to UMass so he could play the 2010 season, before transferring back to Northeastern so he could finish his business administration degree this spring.

Niland measured 6-foot-4 and weighed 304 pounds at pro day, which is a solid physical makeup for an NFL hopeful on the line. He felt he ran well, and to the casual observer, he looked competitive in drills led by Scarnecchia and Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty that tested hip flexibility, hip explosion, change of direction and run- and pass-blocking skills.

"Hopefully maybe today will get the attention of some of the scouts, and they can go back to the filmwork and tape, and maybe I can sneak into the later rounds," said Niland, who plans to attend UMass' pro day on Friday. "That would be the best-case scenario. If not, we'll see what happens with the NFL lockout. One way or another, I just want to make a camp."

A player like Niland, who faces longer odds to be drafted, would be hurt by a lockout because NFL teams won't be allowed to sign undrafted players.

Daily Collegian Football Previews For Delaware Game

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The Daily Collegian has a pair of preview stories for UMass football's huge clash vs. No. 2/1 Delaware on Saturday at McGuirk Stadium.

Gazette: Havens Keeps His Game Face

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Matt Vautour in the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story on UMass quarterback Kyle Havens and some of his superstitions. Havens has grown the beard back that he had at the beginning of season, when the Minutemen raced out to a 4-1 start.

Havens is a San Francisco Giants fan and a northern California native, where facial hair growth was a full-fledged fad in the Bay Area during the World Series in homage to Giants' closer Brian Wilson.

Recaps From Football's 21-14 Win At JMU

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Take a look back at the UMass' 21-14 win at James Madison as the Minutemen moved to 5-3 overall, 3-2 in the uber-tough CAA.

• Boston Globe: Minutemen find time
• Worcester Telegram: Hernandez, Krevis power Minutemen
• Staunton News Leader: UMass sinks struggling JMU
• Rockton Weekly: UMass Rallies Past Dukes
• Washington Examiner: Seven weeks later, Dukes no longer up

Havens and Viveiros To Guest On Football Radio Show

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The Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show returns to the airwaves on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Be sure to join us at the Hangar Pub & Grille for the show, or if you can't make it, listen on WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Mass or 1510 AM The Zone in Eastern Mass. The guests for Thursday's show alongside coach Kevin Morris will be senior quarterback Kyle Havens and junior defensive back Shane Viveiros.

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  • Republican: UMass Football Getting It Done

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    In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a story on the football team and how the Minutemen have be winning without the benefit of the "big play."

    It took a full season for Kyle Havens to realize he did not have to win football games on a single play.

    If the University of Massachusetts offense has so far lacked the big-play strike, it has compensated with the type of ball control and shared responsibility that Havens has learned works best.

    "I realize I don't need to force the ball. I can get it to our guys for five yards, and they'll make it 20,'' the senior quarterback said Tuesday.

    Gazette: Griffin Rescues Minutemen

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    The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a follow-up on Saturday's football win at Stony Brook.

    In a game featuring seven former Hofstra players, it was a former Northeastern player who rescued the University of Massachusetts.

    Senior tailback John Griffin, who was Northeastern's featured back last year, had his best statistical day as a Minuteman, with 23 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown.

    "If you're rushing for that many, that's a great night," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "We're excited about that. He certainly made a lot of big runs and broke a lot of tackles tonight. "

    NBC22 Updates On Football & Basketball

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    NBC 22 has a pair of new videos on UMass football and basketball 

    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: Havens Has Lots Of Good Ideas

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    Kyle Havens doesn't remember exactly when the play happened in the University of Massachusetts' week two win over Holy Cross, but it's significance didn't escape the senior quarterback.

    He saw a potential target downfield and thought about trying to thread a perfect pass in for a big gain and caught himself.

    "I definitely would have thrown that last year, and it probably would have been intercepted," Havens said Wednesday. "But I took it down and threw to Anthony (Nelson) on a little cutter route."

    He laughed to himself after the play, recognizing his own development as it happened.

    Read the full story from Matt Vautour on the QB's progress in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    Monday's Gazette Stories On Michigan Game

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    Here are a pair of stories from the Daily Hampshire Gazette's Matt Vautour, who was in Michigan for the football game.

    • UMass stays close to Michigan at Big House

    Video Highlights and Interviews From UMass At Michigan

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    Check out this package from CBS 3 Springfield's Ezra Broder, who travelled to Michigan to cover the game.

    Republican: UMass Reaffirms Its Pride

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    When all was said and done, Kyle Havens sat glumly at a podium, looking quite unlike a man who had just played one of the best games of his career.

    "It's never good to lose. We worked hard, and you never work hard to lose,'' the University of Massachusetts quarterback said after one of the great "almosts'' in school history, a 42-37 loss to Michigan before 110,187 fans.

    Havens' attitude is absolutely the correct one for a good team, and this game erased whatever doubts lingered that UMass is a good team. Read the full story in the Springfield Republican

    Kyle Havens Video Before Leaving For Michigan

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    UMass Football Audio Conference Call Replays

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    Listen to replays of UMass football conference calls this week as the Minutemen prepare to take on Michigan on Saturday in Ann Arbor.

  • Monday Afternoon Teleconference With Kevin Morris, QB Kyle Havens and LB Tyler Holmes.

  • Kevin Morris' Weekly CAA Conference Call.

  • Kyle Havens not only has the predictable line down pat, he says it with conviction. The University of Massachusetts quarterback sounds like he really believes it, whether anyone else does or not.

    "This game is not that different at all. It's just another game, in a bigger stadium,'' said Havens, whose team will play at Michigan Saturday.

    Read the entire story in the Springfield Republican.

    Recap Stories From UMass' 31-7 Win Over Holy Cross

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    Here are articles from newspapers and websites reviewing UMass' 31-7 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.

    • Boston Herald: Minutemen attack early, often
    • Boston Globe: UMass takes care of business
    • Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass scores easy win over Crusaders
    • Enterprise News: Havens, UMass trip Holy Cross
    • WWLP NBC 22 Report: WWLP 22News

    Daily Collegian: Football Preview; Havens Story

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    The Daily Collegian has posted three three new stories about the UMass football team as the Minutemen prepare to face Holy Cross on Saturday at McGuirk Stadium under the lights.

    Collegian Stories On Football Team

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    Gazette: Football Anxious To Start Hitting

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    Matt Vautour looks forward to Saturday's UMass-William & Mary game with this story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

    As he walked toward the practice field Wednesday on another 90 degree day in a preseason that's been filled with hot ones, everything about playing a game, even getting hit, sounded good to University of Massachusetts quarterback Kyle Havens.

    "I'm tired of practicing. I'm ready to play a game," said the senior, who was wearing a red practice jersey that reminds defenders not to tackle quarterbacks. "I haven't been hit in a long time. I'm excited to get hit and hit somebody."">

    Herald: 5 Questions For UMass Football

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    John Connolly of the Boston Herald has his preview of the UMass football season. He has his 5 Questions for 2010. Check it out.

    UMass tailback John Griffin takes a...

    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.
    Happy Birthday On Aug. 19 to football quarterback Kyle Havens, hockey d-man Michael Marcou, softball grad Whitney Williams and rower Ariadne Zamelis.

    Kyle Havens   Michael Marcou  Whitney Williams  Ariadne Zamelis

    Berkshire Eagle: Havens Can Feel The Support

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    Check out this feature story on quarterback Kyle Havens in the Berkshire Eagle. "It's my second year in the offense. That's huge for me," he said. "Last year, I knew what I was doing on every play. Now I know what everyone's doing on every play. Coach [Kevin] Morris talks about 'owning the play,' and I feel like I'm really starting to get that."

    Coverage and Links From Football Media Day

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    Look back at the UMass Football Media Day with these links.

  • Complete coverage with videos and photos from

  • Ke'TV: Ke'Mon Bailey's Video Feature on Media Day.

  • Jumbo Photo Gallery.

  • Springfield Republican with a story leading with Kyle Havens being named the starting QB.

  • CBS3 Springfield had this report on the day.

  • NBC22's feature on the event

  • Coach Morris' Press Conference.

  • Havens Continues To Start; Work Hard In Camp

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    In the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Matt Vautour has a story on quarterback Kyle Havens and his progress as the returning starting quarterback.

    "This year I have a much better grasp on what everyone is doing. The bigger picture is a lot clearer. I feel like I improved considerably in the spring. All the hard work is really starting to pay off," said Havens.

    Springfield Republican: UMass Football Is United

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    However this University of Massachusetts football season plays out, the Minutemen say they are in it together. "I know I can count on these guys, offense and defense, on and off the field,'' senior quarterback Kyle Havens said as UMass began its second week of practice. "They've got my back covered.''

    Read the full story: Springfield Republican.