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.
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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.
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.
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.