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Thursday Previews Of Saturday's @UMassFootball Game At Kent State

Today we have several previews of Saturday's match-up at Kent State along with an injury update on a couple of key players for the Minutemen. UMass takes on the Golden Flashes at Dix Stadium at 2 PM on Saturday. The game will be aired on the UMass Sports Network and streamed online via ESPN3/WatchESPN.

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UMass defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles (9) is expected to return from his injury and play Saturday at Kent State.







Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook today covering several UMass football news items including the health of Trey Dudley-Giles, Khary Bailey-Smith's ability to make big plays, and Blake Frohnapfel's honor as league player of the week.




Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has an update on Trey Dudley-Giles status to start the week after missing much of the second half of the Penn State game on Saturday. Coach Mark Whipple said Dudley-Giles was fine and the team was holding him out of the game for health reasons.

The podcast of the September 15, 2014 edition of the Bud Light UMass Football Show - Featuring head coach Mark Whipple, junior defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles, and junior fullback Rodney Mills with highlights of the Vanderbilt game and a preview of Penn State.

Boston Herald: Trey Dudley-Giles does it all for @UMassFootball

John Connolly of the Boston Herald has a story focusing on Trey Dudley-Giles and this weekend's season-opener against Boston College. Connolly highlights TDG's ability to return punts, but also recognizes him as one of the top defensive players for the Minutemen.
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.



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.



Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story which focuses on the UMass football secondary including the move of Trey Dudley-Giles from cornerback to safety during the preseason. The move has opened up an opportunity for Jackson Porter to move back to his natural safety position as well.





Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a short Q&A with UMass cornerback and return man Trey Dudley-Giles from earlier this week as preseason camp officially began for the Minutemen.

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Daniel Malone of the Springfield Republican is nearing the completion of his UMass football top-25 players to watch in 2014 countdown. Junior cornerbacks Randall Jette and Trey Dudley-Giles hold down the No. 4 spot on the list. Malone sees the duo as the likely starting cornerbacks in 2014 and expects Jette and Dudley-Giles to cause havoc for opposing offenses in the secondary.

UMass football top 25 players to watch in 2014: Randall Jette & Trey Dudley-Giles | masslive.com

Saba Aziz has a feature on Mark Whipple's return to the sidelines of the UMass football program with quotes from Tajae Sharpe and Trey Dudley-Giles on their expectations for the 2014 season.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Trey Duley-Giles and Tajae Sharpe being named to the Athlon Sports All-MAC preseason teams last Thursday. Dudley-Giles was named the second-team punt and kick returner, while Sharpe was named to the third-team offense as a wide receiver.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring UMass football's selections to the Phil Steele preseason All-MAC squad with Trey Dudley-Giles, Randall Jette, Stanley Andre and Tajae Sharpe all receiving recognition.

Republican: Five questions with cornerback Trey Dudley-Giles

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Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a profile of Trey Dudley-Giles which includes a short question and answer series. TDG is one of several experienced members of the UMass secondary which projects to be a strength of the Minutemen this fall.

TreyVision - See A UMass Football Practice From TDG's Perspective

As part of our Spring Football coverage, the UMass Sports Network wanted to see what life is like from one UMass' most explosive players - Trey Dudley-Giles. Check Out The MinuteCam to see practice from TDG's perspective as he goes through drills, talks to teammates and even returns punts.

Globe: UMass has a dual threat returning kickoffs

Jeff Wagenheim of the Boston Globe has a feature today on UMass' new dual threats in the kickoff return game. While Trey Dudley-Giles has been known as one of the MAC's top returners, it was Khary Bailey-Smith who had an electrifying 90-yard touchdown return last week against Western Michigan.

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Trey Dudley-Giles and his explosive play-making ability on special teams as the Minutemen's kick-off and punt returner.

He's fearless with the ball in his hands," UMass coach Charley Molnar said. "And as I watch these kick returners across our schedule, I don't see many that are as fearless as Trey. He's got great vision, he's got a knack."  

That fearlessness, coupled with an impressive burst and innate ability to find wiggle room in the chaos that accompanies most return opportunities, has helped Dudley-Giles grow into a weapon for the Minutemen.

Republican: Week 8 helmet stickers for the Minutemen's top performers

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican hands out his weekly helmet stickers following UMass' loss at Buffalo. His top three players of the game were Tajae Shapre, Trey Dudley-Giles, and Blake Lucas.

Republican: Wildcats' speed presents matchup problems on defense

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican looks at Saturday's match-up with Kansas State and the speed the Wildcats have as a team - particularly on offense. He says UMass will have to find a way to contend with that schematically in order to be successful.

Gazette: UMass' cornerbacks ready to benefit from experience

University of Massachusetts sophomore defensive back Trey Dudley-Giles practices Wednesday, August 7, at McGuirk Stadium.
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Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a look at the defensive secondary and how young cornerbacks like Randall Jette, Trey Dudley-Giles and D'Metrius Williams are now more experienced players after last season.

Republican: 10 players to watch in 2013, Part II

Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican finished his 10 players to watch series in this piece. He has Rob Blanchflower as his No. 3 player to watch, while quarterback Mike Wegzyn takes the No. 1 spot.

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