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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has Shane Huber and Steve Casali as his No. 11 players to watch during the 2014 UMass football season. Last year, injuries cut short both their promising freshman seasons. Casali was hurt after just two games, while Huber played in eight with five starts at linebacker.



Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on the announcement on Wednesday that Jordan Broadnax, Steve Casali and Shakur Nesmith will all officially miss the remainder of the season due to injuries and are eligible to apply for medical redshirts. The trio joins John Robinson-Woodgett and Dalvin Battle as members of the program who are out for the season. Battle is still recovering from an injury suffered at Michigan in 2012.

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a look at the collegiate debut of freshman linebacker Steve Casali who made his first career tackle last Saturday on the opening kick-off.

"That was just my goal - to go down there and get the first tackle of the season," said Casali, who was one of 10 true freshmen making their debuts. "I was so pumped and the crowd was going crazy."

The tackle was one of three for the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder out of Sachem East High School on Long Island. On top of special-teams duties, Casali also saw extended playing time at inside linebacker, where he looked considerably well-adjusted given his lack of collegiate experience.


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