Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story focusing on Tom Masella and his approach as the UMass football defensive coordinator. While Masella has several key veterans, he is also tasked with working in many new comers and first-year starters into the defensive schemes.
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Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a brief spotlight of freshman Zeke Edmonds who has moved to playing safety after being recruited as a linebacker out of high school. Edmonds drew praise from defensive coordinator Tom Masella who likened him to a pair of UMass' best known defensive players - Anton McKenzie and James Ihedigbo.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian looks at how fifth-year senior linebacker Stanley Andre's leadership will be key in helping the Minutemen transition into new defensive coordinator Tom Masella's 3-4 scheme.
"He's great, he's been absolutely terrific," Masella said of his 6-foot-2, 240 pound linebacker. "He's a calming influence and a voice of reason with our kids on the team that puts them in a comfortable position. And at the same time, he's a very good football player, he's a smart football player who really works at it."
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has an in-depth look at the UMass defense under new coordinator Tom Masella.
"I think at the end of day, my philosophy has been to give multiple looks and blitz from different angles with different people," said Masella, who previously coached the defense at UMass under Whipple from 2002-03. "We're not only playing 3-4. We'll play other things. For me, that allows us to be multiple. "That's the biggest difference from a year ago."
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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at the defensive line which is one of the youngest units on the defensive side of the ball. The group is anchored by senior nose tackle Daniel Maynes and received a boost when Sha-ki Holines transferred to UMass last fall after initially enrolling at UConn.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story focusing on UMass' change to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Tom Masella. Jovan Santos-Knox and Stanley Andre agree with Masella that this year's group will be aggressive and will utilize multiple formations within the 3-4.
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.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an in-depth story with UMass defensive coordinator Tom Masella on his return to Amherst. Masella was previously on Mark Whipple's staff during their first tenure with the Minutemen. Masella also discusses what he's seen so far from the defense in spring camp and how he thinks the team has and will improve in the coming months.