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Game Coverage & Previews For @UMassFootball Vs. Eastern Michigan

It's game day at Gillette Stadium today as the UMass football team hosts Eastern Michigan for the ever-popular Band Day. Read below for today's previews of the game along with all the information on how to watch and where to listen if you can't be there.

 Massachusetts (1-6, 1-2 MAC) vs Eastern Michigan (2-4, 1-1 MAC) 
 Date Saturday, Oct. 18 at 3:00 p.m. (ET)
 Location Foxboro, Mass. | Gillette Stadium (68,756)
 Tickets 866-UMASS-TIX |  Ticket Info
 TV ESPN3
 Radio  105.5 FM WEEI (Springfield/Amherst), 1440 AM WVEI (Worcester), 95.9 FM WATD (South Shore), 1200 AM WXKS (Boston, Worcester, Manchester, Providence); Listen Online | Use the TuneIn App for Mobile Devices to listen
 Online Video watch www.espn3.com
 Live Stats gametracker Live Stats
 Promotions Band Day & Educators Day
 Social Media
  Twitter.com/UMassAthletics | Live Game Blog
 MAC Teleconference Whipple's Monday Conference Call Quotes (10/13)
 Game Notes Massachusetts Notes | Depth Chart | News Clips | 2014 Media Guide


Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story today on how freshman QB Ross Comis helped the Minutemen prepare for dual-threat Eastern Michigan QB Reginald Bell during the week. Comis along with Elgin Long and Shaquille Harris all split time running the scout team offense this week to help prepare the Minutemen for the speed of Bell.

(Courtesy of Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian takes a look at how dual-threat Reginald Bell, Jr., poses a threat for the UMass defense and what the keys are to contain the quarterback after he had a break out game against Buffalo last week.



Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of Saturday's game at Kent State and how the Minutemen prepare defensively when not knowing which quarterback will start. 



Highlights & Coverage Of @UMassFootball Narrow 41-38 Loss To Colorado

It was a grand welcome party for tight end Jean Sifrin whose two touchdown performance in his first game at UMass sparked the Minutemen against Colorado. The Buffs proved too much in the end, however, overcoming an 11-point UMass lead in the third quarter to take a 41-38 win over the Minutemen at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. Here's the full coverage of the game.

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The first of nine episodes of the Bud Light UMass Football Show for 2014 airs tonight from 7-8 p.m. on the UMass Sports Network live from The Hangar Pub & Grill on University Drive in Amherst. Head coach Mark Whipple will be joined by transfer quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and redshirt junior defensive back Randall Jette for the hour-long program, which will preview Saturday's season opener against Boston College.

Fans can listen on WEEI 105.5 FM Springfield and 1440 AM in Worcester, online, or by downloading the TuneIn Radio app on their mobile devices. A podcast of the show will be available on UMassAthletics.com Friday morning.

Submit a question for Coach Whipple by tweeting @UMassSportsNet or clicking here. Selected questions will be used during tonight's show.

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette's Matt Vautour has coverage of UMass football junior cornerback Randall Jette, a veteran in the secondary, and his approach to serving as a teacher and student of the game. Here is one particularly telling quote from Jette contained in the story:

"I've learned something from every coaching staff," said Jette, who is on his way to becoming one of the best players ever from Martha's Vineyard. "I've gotten better, but I've got a long way to go. You're never good enough. I'm lucky. I had older guys teaching me like Darren Thellen. I'm trying to be a good leader and pass it on like it was passed to me. I try to my best play in play out to set an example."

Read the story in its entirety through the link below.

UMass junior cornerback Randall Jette is both the teacher and an eager student | Daily Hampshire Gazette

Daniel Malone of the Springfield Republican is nearing the completion of his UMass football top-25 players to watch in 2014 countdown. Junior cornerbacks Randall Jette and Trey Dudley-Giles hold down the No. 4 spot on the list. Malone sees the duo as the likely starting cornerbacks in 2014 and expects Jette and Dudley-Giles to cause havoc for opposing offenses in the secondary.

UMass football top 25 players to watch in 2014: Randall Jette & Trey Dudley-Giles | masslive.com

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring UMass football's selections to the Phil Steele preseason All-MAC squad with Trey Dudley-Giles, Randall Jette, Stanley Andre and Tajae Sharpe all receiving recognition.

Republican: Wildcats' speed presents matchup problems on defense

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican looks at Saturday's match-up with Kansas State and the speed the Wildcats have as a team - particularly on offense. He says UMass will have to find a way to contend with that schematically in order to be successful.

Herald: Randall Jette can't wait to soar higher at UMass

John Connolly of the Boston Herald has a feature story on UMass sophomore cornerback Randall Jette and how he felt he has improved along with the rest of the Minutemen since last season.

"As a team, we're still young. We're still recruiting. We still have young guys coming in and trying to make an impact on the team somewhat like (last year's freshmen) did. That experience of me, Trey Dudley-Giles, Khary Bailey-Smith, D'Metrius (Williams), all playing as true freshmen, that can only help us for this year. I mean, we're all coming back. We're all healthy. We definitely learned from our experiences, whether it was at Michigan, at Vanderbilt. We're ready for it. We know what to expect and that helps our practice habits."
 
Nick O'Malley of the Springfield Republican has a story on the UMass football program and how Charley Molnar and his staff are working to build a strong foundation in the beginning of the FBS transition to ensure a prosperous future.

"When I'm practicing, I look at that building," sophomore cornerback Randall Jette said, pointing towards the construction. "You know you're working hard for something. You know there's a bright future. You see the stadium under construction every day when you're out here working, so it's a little motivation every day."

ABC40 has a story on how UMass is utilizing the new Guardian Cap to help prevent concussions during football practice. The cap is a soft shell with padding and air pockets which fits over the top of helmets and absorbs and deflects the force of a blow better to prevent injury due to repeated impact.

Gazette: UMass' cornerbacks ready to benefit from experience

University of Massachusetts sophomore defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles practices Wednesday, August 7, at McGuirk Stadium.
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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a look at the defensive secondary and how young cornerbacks like Randall Jette, Trey Dudley-Giles and D'Metrius Williams are now more experienced players after last season.

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