Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story from spring football practice looking at the running back situation for the Minutemen entering the 2015 season. Vautour writes that head coach Mark Whipple hopes to increase the run game production this year and has a talented stable of running backs who can all help carry the load.
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The UMass Sports Network has a feature from spring football practice which focuses on the team's running back position which is now being coached by Darrius Smith who took over for Marcel Shipp. The position group is loaded with some talented tailbacks bolstered by the return of Jamal Wilson who had his season cut short by injury last year.
On the October 13 edition of the Bud Light UMass Football Show live from The Hangar, head coach Mark Whipple and host Josh Maurer look back at the win over Kent State and preview Saturday's meeting against Eastern Michigan at Gillette Stadium. Plus, Lorenzo Woodley talks about taking advantage of opportunities last Saturday and Kassan Messiah discusses the significance of his name and his role in the defense.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on running back Lorenzo Woodley who played a huge factor in Saturday's win at Kent State with 160 yards rushing. Woodley was critical late in the game as the Minutemen were able to hold the ball to run the clock in the third and fourth quarters.
Matt Vautour: Buried on depth chart, tailback Lorenzo Woodley breaks through for UMass | GazetteNet.com
- UMass earns first win of the season - Sports - The Boston Globe
- UMass tastes victory | Boston Herald
- UMass snaps 12-game losing streak, beats Kent State 40-17 | GazetteNet.com
- Notebook: Backup punter Logan Laurent gives UMass a leg up in place-kicking game | GazetteNet.com
- FINAL: UMass football downs Kent State 40-17 on the road for 1st win | masslive.com
- Five takeaways from UMass football's win at Kent State: A long streak is snapped, Blake Frohnapfel survives scary hit | masslive.com
- Lorenzo Woodley rushes for 160 yards, touchdown to close out UMass football win over Kent State | masslive.com
- UMass football gets first win: Long-awaited victory sweet for snakebitten Minutemen | masslive.com
- UMass outlasts Kent State for first win of season - Worcester Telegram & Gazette - telegram.com
- UMass finishes off Kent State 40-17, earns first victory of 2014 : The Daily Collegian
- Lorenzo Woodley, Jackson Porter bounce back in 40-17 win over Kent State | Daily Collegian Sports
- Kent State falls to UMass, 40-17, to remain winless | cleveland.com
As we close in on game day, here is a look at some of the headlines from this week previewing UMass football's game at Penn State on Saturday (4 PM, BTN).
- Connections run deep between UMass, Penn State football teams - Daily Hampshire Gazette
- UMass notebook: Running back Lorenzo Woodley back in the picture for Minutemen - Daily Hampshire Gazette
- Versatility of Rodney Mills an effective tool for UMass : The Daily Collegian
- Ben Roethlisberger: Whipple taught me how to be a pro : The Daily Collegian
- UMass in for a challenge against Penn State, QB Hackenberg : The Daily Collegian
- Lorenzo Woodley finds opportunity after getting lost in the shuffle : The Daily Collegian
- UMass football kicking situation still undecided, looking forward to opportunity to play at Beaver Stadium : The Daily Collegian
- After spending time in the 'dog house,' UMass football running back Lorenzo Woodley embracing return to starting role | masslive.com
- Amidst special teams blunders, UMass return specialist Trey Dudley-Giles continues to impress | masslive.com
- UMass football matchup with Penn State a welcomed homecoming for transfers Austin Whipple, Alex Kenney | masslive.com
- UMass football coach Mark Whipple says kicking decision not likely until Saturday; Freshman Matthew Wylie ready if called upon | masslive.com
- Leading the nation in tackles, UMass linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox wants defense to spend less time on the field | masslive.com
Following Monday's MAC Media Teleconference and the UMass Football Radio Show, several outlets have stories focusing on the Penn State game this week with a focus on the running backs.
- Matt Vautour: Independent football schedule taking shape for UMass
- After further examination, UMass running back Jamal Wilson's ankle injury 'maybe not be as bad' as originally thought | masslive.com
- UMass notebook: Running back Jamal Wilson's return this season questionable
- Decision looming at kicker, Lorenzo Woodley listed as starting running back | masslive.com
- Hackenberg draws raves from UMass coach Whipple
- UMass football coach Mark Whipple impressed with Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg: 'He's the real deal' | masslive.com
- Shadrach Abrokwah ineligible with 'non-football, non-disciplinary issue' for running back-needy Minutemen | masslive.com
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Jamal Wilson being named the starting running back earlier this week. Head coach Mark Whipple says that Wilson will start, however, several running backs including Lorenzo Woodley will be inserted into the run game this weekend.
UMass football's starting running back is Jamal Wilson, but coach Mark Whipple says 'We'll let them all have some looks' | masslive.com
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story focused on all-time great Marcel Shipp who is now coaching the running backs which is a group that could potentially be one of the deepest in terms of talent this year. Shipp gives his thoughts on Coach Whipple's offense, while Jamal Wilson and Lorenzo Woodley speak to being coached by one of the greatest players in UMass history.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican ranks running back Lorenzo Woodley as the No. 7 player to watch this season as part of his Top 25 countdown during the offseason. Woodley fought injury for much of 2013, but showed a flash of his ability with a monster game against Northern Illinois where he ran for 163 yards and a touchdown.
Matt Vautour has a story on UMass' all-time great running back Marcel Shipp who now paces the sidelines at McGuirk Stadium as a first-year assistant coach under Mark Whipple. Lorenzo Woodley and Jordan Broadnax both speak about the relationships they've formed already with Shipp and the knowledge they've gained in just a short time.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story on UMass football running back Lorenzo Woodley who says he is excited about playing in head coach Mark Whipple's new offensive scheme which will be better suited to the rising sophomore's running style.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican also has a story on UMass football running back Lorenzo Woodley today. Woodley says his freshman year experience has prepared him better to know what to expect going into 2013.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook from last night's football practice where he spoke with head coach Mark Whipple about conference realignment, running back Lorenzo Woodley on how he is approaching his sophomore season, and news of James Ihedigbo signing with the Detroit Lions.
If you missed last night's Bud Light UMass Football Radio Show at the Hangar Pub & Grill, you can check out the podcast here. The featured player guests last night were Khary Bailey-Smith and Lorenzo Woodley.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican hands out his Week 9 helmet stickers following UMass football's loss to Western Michigan last Saturday with Rob Blanchflower, Lorenzo Woodley and Khary Bailey-Smith each receiving praise for their performances.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on Lorenzo Woodley's breakout performance on Saturday - particularly on the final UMass offensive drive that led to a touchdown with 22 seconds to go which pulled the Minutemen within one point.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican finished his 10 players to watch series in this piece. He has Rob Blanchflower as his No. 3 player to watch, while quarterback Mike Wegzyn takes the No. 1 spot.