Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a look at why Trey Dudley-Giles is such a prolific punt returner who can change the dynamic of a game in a single play. TDG was one of the top return men in the MAC last season and is expected to be one again this season.
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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has the improbably story of Brian McDonald's college football journey which has taken the Bay State native around the country until his return home this year as a graduate student for the Minutemen.
Mike Camunas of the Tampa Tribune has a feature story on Trey Dudley-Giles who was a local player in the area for Pasco High School. Dudley-Giles talk about his development on and off the field and where he thinks the program is heading in 2014. Special teams coordinator Ted Daisher is also quoted about the example TDG sets for his teammates and his importance to the team.
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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a story on kicker Blake Lucas who is looking to bounce back this year after a tough 2013 season. Lucas and special teams coordinator say a few tweaks during the offseason have helped rebuild mechanics and confidence.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on how having a trio of coaches from Charley Molnar's staff - Ted Daisher, Dave Sollazzo, and Shane Waldron - has helped make Mark Whipple's transition smooth since he took over the hiring. The veteran trio are praised for their coaching ability, but it's also pointed out that the group has helped keep recruiting strong while also keeping relationships strong with the current players.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story focusing on rising sophomore linebacker Shane Huber who is recovering from a knee injury last season. While he has not been cleared yet for physical practice, Huber has been preparing for the season by working on his upper body strength, learning the playbook and being at practice each day.
Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican looks at the connections between the Western Michigan coaching staff and the UMass coaching staff as the two teams meet this Saturday.
Western Michigan's quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Cubit play for UMass head coach Charley Molnar and with Charley Molnar III at Western Michigan.
Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican also takes a look at the play of Joe Colton this season and what he adds to the UMass secondary.