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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook covering several aspects of the UMass football team this week including an update on Jerome Lewis' injury at practice yesterday, Tom Gilson being named as a team captain for Saturday, an update on some special alums to be in attendance at Gillette and a look at the schedule of events for the Colonial Clash.

Tom Gilson Featured On WillOfAChampion.com

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Redshirt senior wide receiver is profiled on WillOfAChampion.com as a player who joined UMass as a recruited walk-on working his way into the starting line-up as a redshirt senior.


The Sports Network: UMass, Tom Gilson bring lunch pail

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Craig Haley of The Sports Network has a great feature story on redshirt senior wide receiver Tom Gilson's career from walk-on to scout team player to special team player to starter.

Every college football player who faces a lack of playing time and needs inspiration should read the tattoo on Tom Gilson's left arm.  

The words are a shortened form of a Bible verse that Gilson's late father once pointed out to him: Blessed is he who perseveres under trial.  

Gilson has traveled a path that so many players are forced onto unexpectedly out of high school. Many dream of a Division I scholarship and then stardom, but it doesn't always go that way.  

So Gilson, a redshirt senior who has landed the No. 3 wide receiver spot for the University of Massachusetts, continues to do what he always has - he perseveres.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette also had a great feature on Tom Gilson today featuring the redshirt senior's perseverance in going from walk-on to starter over the course of his career.

About 20 minutes after the rest of his University of Massachusetts football teammates were showering, changing or enjoying their post-practice Gatorade and popsicles, Tom Gilson was still working out near the visitors sideline in the noon heat that approached 90 degrees at McGuirk Stadium.  

A manager fed ball after ball into the Juggs machine firing rapid-fire passes at him.  

Gilson, a Mansfield native, caught one high, one low, extending and contorting his arms to secure each ball before tossing it aside to prepare for the next.  

"I had a couple drops. I was really upset with myself," Gilson said.  

As he caught his breath, sweat made his shirt stick to the new praying-hands tattoo on his left arm with the words "Blessed is he who perseveres through the trial."

Photo: From walk-on to projected starter in 4 years

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