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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of Saturday's game at Western Michigan. 

Globe: UMass football seeking first win at Western Michigan

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Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe has a preview of Saturday's game at Western Michigan along with some commentary on the transition to the FBS level.

Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican has a story on the UMass offensive line with a primary focus on senior center Quinton Sales.

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Quinton Sales as the senior center has been the anchor of an offensive line that has faced change and injury during the season.

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

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story today on the UMass football team switching from training camp mode to game-week mode as the season opener at Holy Cross is just six days away.

A day off Wednesday and the beginning of actual game preparation brought a little added energy in University of Massachusetts practice Thursday as the Minutemen put training camp in the rearview mirror and began preparation for their Sept. 1 opener at Holy Cross.

"We just got out of camp. Our legs are fresh off the break. Everybody is excited for game week No. 1," senior captain Tyler Holmes said. "I'm very excited to get into game week."

Junior center Quinton Sales agreed.

"It'll be good to face some different colored jerseys," he said. "When you get closer to a game, you can see the light. It's exciting, there's a little more energy."

Four UMass student-athlete Birthdays on Nov. 2.
From men's swimming Dan Backler
From women's swimming Kaitie English
From men's track & field Zachary Gordon
From football Quinton Sales

Dan Backler Kaitie English  Zachary Gordon  Quinton Sales

Gazette: Sales Finds Himself In Center Of Action

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His was the ultimate baptism by fire moment.

Quinton Sales had seen action in the University of Massachusetts football team's first two games this season, but as a reserve behind senior center John Ihne. But when Ihne hurt his shoulder in the second half against Michigan, Sales was forced to step in quickly in front of more than 110,000 people.

The sophomore held his own, enough for the Minuteman offense to put a scare into the Wolverines.

"It was tough. But it was time to go and I've been ready to go since camp," Sales said. "There's been a few bumps in the road but for the most part it's been a good effort and I've fit in pretty well."

Read the full story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Gazette: Ihne To Miss Saturday's Game

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has an update on the injury status of center John Ihne.

The shoulder injury that Ihne suffered in the second half of Saturday's 42-37 loss to Michigan will keep the senior out of Saturday's 6 p.m. game at Stony Brook. Ihne, a Wayne, N.J. native, has started all three games this season and has 12 career starts. He was replaced by sophomore Quinton Sales on Saturday.

"Quinton stepped in against Michigan. That's a tough place to start with all of that crowd noise. It wasn't like fourth-quarter mop-up. Those were real snaps," UMass coach Kevin Morris said. "Now he's gotten his feet wet. He's got to prove he can do it on a daily basis on the top of the CAA."