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Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story on new defensive coordinator Tom Masella and his 3-4 defensive scheme. Senior linebacker Stanley Andre says the move is good because it gives more freedom to the linebackers and defensive backs to be aggressive.

Republican: Thoughts from the start of UMass football spring camp

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring some of the new faces on the roster for the UMass football team from Sunday's opening Spring Practice. He also includes a few re-additions to the team and gives an offense and defense breakdown.

Stories On The UMass Football Spring Game

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The defense topped the offense 44-42 at the annual UMass Football Spring Game. Here are several stories and videos on the game.

• Springfield Republican: UMass transfer quarterback Kellen Pagel has spring in his step

• Springfield Republican: It will be up to the UMass team to supply its own meaning to 2011

• WWLP NBC 22: UMass spring football game

UMass spring football game: wwlp.com

Gazette Preview Of UMass Football Spring Game

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on Saturday's Spring Football Events, read about it here: UMass football plays spring game Saturday at McGuirk

Saturday's annual University of Massachusetts spring football game will have some added events after last week's announcement that the school was upgrading its program to the Bowl Subdivision.

In addition to the 4 p.m. game at McGuirk Stadium, there's a 1 p.m. tour of the program's new offices in the Slobody Building at 101 University Drive. Members of the 100 Yard Club, a UMass booster club, can meet coaches and players at 3 p.m. prior to the spring game and eat with them at a barbecue afterward.

There will be an autograph session for anyone after the spring game.

UMass coach Kevin Morris said he was pleased with his team's progression this spring.

"It's been good. We've got a good group of guys," Morris said. "Guys have really taken it seriously and set a high standard."

A Look At This Week's Football Practice MVPs

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Check out this week's football MVPs including Tyler Holmes, Chaz Thompson, Darren Thellen. The players talk about spring football and about the UMass football move to FBS and the MAC.

Gazette With Players' Perspective On Move To FBS

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The Daily Hampshire Gazette has this story on the players' perspective on the move to FBS and the MAC.

After Wednesday's press conference, all talk about the University of Massachusetts football program naturally revolved around its future. But lost in the chatter and debate about Gillette Stadium, the Mid-American Conference, bowl games and exciting potential nonconference opponents were any thoughts about the present. 



Report From UMass Football Practice 6 With MVPs

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Check out the UMass Football Practice 6 Report With MVPs. Interviews with Shane Viveiros, Julian Talley, Emil Igwenagu, Stephane Milhim, Theo Agnew and coach Kevin Morris. The next practice is slated for Saturday morning. The UMass Football Spring Game is April 30 at 4 p.m.

In an attempt to show a little school spirit on his first day at his new job, University of Massachusetts defensive coordinator Frank Forcucci dug out some of his old UMass gear from a previous stint on the Minuteman coaching staff.

He didn't wear it long. Since he last coached in Amherst, UMass has changed head coaches, playing surfaces, athletic directors and equipment providers, so Forcucci's old Nike apparel was quickly replaced with new Adidas duds.

Other than the clothing, Forcucci has felt at home back in Amherst. Read Matt Vautour's full feature story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette: New defensive coordinator Frank Forcucci familiar with UMass football

Holmes, McCummings Named Practice 3 Football MVPs

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Redshirt freshman fullback Thad McCummings and junior All-American linebacker Tyler Holmes were named the football team's MVPs after the third practice of the season. 


Thad McCummings  Tyler Holmes

Daily Collegian Update On UMass Football

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The Daily Collegian has an update notebook on UMass football. The team held its annual Pro Day at McGuirk Stadium on March 25, announcing its 2011 schedule. The schedule is highlighted by the second-annual Colonial Clash at Gillette Stadium against New Hampshire on Oct. 22 and a BCS battle against Boston College on Sept. 24. 

Chad Hunte Named MVP Football Spring Practice 2

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After UMass' second football spring practice linebacker Chad Hunte was named the day's MVP by coach Kevin Morris. 

Chad Hunte

Football MVPs From Practice 1: Milhim & Potvin

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Kevin Morris has announced the football team's first MVPs from the initial practice this spring. Offensive lineman Stephane Milhim and defensive lineman Brandon Potvin were honored after Thursday's first practice.

UMass Spring Football Practice Underway

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Check out Matt Vautour's story on the start UMass spring football practice: Quarterback competition starts at UMass spring football practice

UMass Football Practice Starts Thursday Morning

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The UMass football will start its official spring practices on Thursday, March 31 at 8 a.m., at McGuirk Stadium. Check back for an update on Thursday, here on UMassAthletics.com.

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