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Check out the photo gallery on UMassAthletics.com from acclaimed photographer Thom Kendall. He was on hand to capture all the action as the Minutewomen defeated St. Bonaventure 21-8 on Friday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium.
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.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on freshman linebacker Da'Sean Downey and his impressive performance during the Spring Game to cap off spring practice. An early enrollee, Malone writes that being able to take advantage of an early semester with the program has been beneficial for Downey's development.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story featuring UMass football quarterback A.J. Doyle and how he feels now that spring camp is finished. Doyle says he is confident in where the offense is and that he plans to take a big leadership role in the offseason workouts leading up to preseason camp.
Featured columnist Ron Borges of the Boston Herald spent a day recently with UMass football head coach Mark Whipple to see exactly how things were going with the program. Borges was alongside Whipple from a 7:30 AM meeting all the way through an evening practice at McGuirk Stadium to see what made him tick, how the team was responding, and to get a feel for what the future will be like for the Minutemen.
The defense looked impressive throughout the night turning in several highlight plays, but wide receivers Jalen Williams and Shakur Nesmith each put on displays for the offense with several outstanding plays of their own as Team Minutemen defeated Team UMass in the annual Spring Game on Wednesday night at McGuirk Stadium.
UMass football spring practice 2014: Minutemen finish up camp with spring game under the lights | masslive.com
Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald has a story on the transition UMass football has undergone with Mark Whipple back as head coach. At not other position is the transition more evident than at quarterback with the switch from a spread, shot gun offense to a pro-style scheme.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a preview of Wednesday night's UMass Football Spring Game which kicks off at 7 PM. The format of the game will be the first string offense vs. the first string defense followed by the second team units.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican includes Tajae Sharpe in today's edition of "5 Questions With..." Sharpe is one of the top offensive skill position players returning in 2014 and is expected to be a big playmaker for the Minutemen in Mark Whipple's new pro-style offense.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a preview of tonight's UMass football Spring Game which starts at 7 PM. Canelas breaks down the format of the game and what fans should look for from the Minutemen as spring camp concludes tonight.
Following a strong end to his 2012 season as a freshman, kicker Blake Lucas experienced some disappointed on the field last season. With renewed confidence this spring, the rising junior is looking forward to making a strong comeback according to Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican.
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.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a profile piece on wide receiver Shakur Nesmith who returned this spring after missing much of last season due to injury. Malone also goes 5 questions with Nesmith about spring camp, the upcoming season and returning from injury.
UMass football spring practice 2014: Five questions with wide receiver Shakur Nesmith | masslive.com
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a profile piece on running back Shadrach Abrokwah who had a break-out end of the year last season as the primary back for the final two games of the season.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a feature story today looking at the UMass football linebackers. The group may be one of the more athletic groups on the roster and with the switch to a 3-4 defense will have a chance to make a big impact in 2014.
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.
The UMass football offensive line is looking to fill the voids left by seniors Anthony Dima, David Osei, and Vincent Westcarr. Offensive line coach Shane Waldron and returning starters Matt Sparks and Tyrell Smith break down the unit's progression during spring practice following the Minutemen's workout on April 1.
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.
Matt Vautour has a story on UMass' all-time great running back Marcel Shipp who now paces the sidelines at McGuirk Stadium as a first-year assistant coach under Mark Whipple. Lorenzo Woodley and Jordan Broadnax both speak about the relationships they've formed already with Shipp and the knowledge they've gained in just a short time.
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.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a story on Marken Michel who has rejoined the Minutemen after spending the 2013 season out of football. Michel figures to add depth to a wide receiving corps which was hurt by injury last year.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette had a story on Saturday about incoming transfer quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and how he is preparing for next season while still in school at Marshall. Frohnapfel is able to study the UMass play book, watch practice film online and has been working on his own.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story on UMass football running back Lorenzo Woodley who says he is excited about playing in head coach Mark Whipple's new offensive scheme which will be better suited to the rising sophomore's running style.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story on UMass football quarterback A.J. Doyle and how he is using spring camp to adjust to Mark Whipple's new offensive system.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican also has a story on UMass football running back Lorenzo Woodley today. Woodley says his freshman year experience has prepared him better to know what to expect going into 2013.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian spoke with UMass football coach Mark Whipple and freshman linebacker Shane Huber about the announcement earlier this week that the 2015 season would be the last for the Minutemen as members of the MAC.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has a notebook from last night's football practice where he spoke with head coach Mark Whipple about conference realignment, running back Lorenzo Woodley on how he is approaching his sophomore season, and news of James Ihedigbo signing with the Detroit Lions.
The UMass Sports Network was on hand as UMass football pro day drew 21 NFL scouts to McGuirk Alumni Stadium on March 25, 2014.
Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian has a story today on how the UMass football team is responding to new head coach Mark Whipple during Spring Camp. Canelas writes that a new attitude as a result of a fresh start is helping to change the culture of the program.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican was at the first spring practice for the UMass football team on Sunday and has a recap of the evening.
Head coach Mark Whipple returned to the sidelines as the University of Massachusetts football team opened spring practice 2014 on Sunday, March 9 under the lights at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
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