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Boston Globe: UMass football seeking some sort of spark

Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe previews UMass football's game at Northern Illinois and how the success of the offense early can lead to a strong performance.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature on the offensive line under Ron Hudson in the Minutemen's new spread offense.

Gazette: UMass offensive line a big part of strong start

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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a piece on the UMass offensive line and the success the Minutemen have had because of the big men up front.

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.

Republican: Revamped Offensive Line Ready To Go

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In the Springfield Republican, Ron Chimelis has a great story in Sunday's paper about UMass' revamped offensive line. Chimelis leads the story with the man taking over Vladimir Ducasse's No. 72 -- Nick Speller. The story also focuses on Speller's fellow transfers Greg Niland and Anthony Dima.

Gazette Football Notebook Leads Off With Jamar Smith

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In his latest update on UMass Football, Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette focuses in on the Minutemen's No. 5 in the backfield -- Jamar Smith. The last two tailbacks to wear No. 5 are All-Americans Steve Baylark and Marcel Shipp, who combined for 11,582 career yards. "All the tools are there. That's why he got the No. 5," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "He's a guy that we think can make an impact."

Vautour also mentions the addition to Nick Speller and the brother combinations on the UMass roster.

Football Roster Updated With Five Newcomers

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The 2010 UMass Football Roster has been updated with five newcomers for training camp. The new Minutemen include redshirt sophomore transfer Nick Speller, who comes to UMass from Syracuse, who will compete for time on the offensive line. Sophomore James Lizotte comes to UMass from Holy Cross, but will have to sit out as a transfer from one FCS school to another. Three freshman are also in camp: offensive linemen Mike Kahale and Jeff Skoog along with linebacker Ryan Delaire.

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