Looking To Build Upon First FBS Season, Minutemen Eager To Start 2013 Campaign

The 2013 UMass football season will be one to remember as the program enters its second year as an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and Mid-American Conference team. The Minutemen return a core of talented veterans from 2012 and look to the best incoming class of freshmen in program history to help push UMass to success during the upcoming campaign.

The defense returns 13 players who started at least one game during the previous season, including nine with at least four appearances in the starting lineup. Overall, the Minutemen return six of its top 10 tacklers from a defense that also forced at least one turnover in 11 of 12 games last season.

On offense, tight end Rob Blanchflower will be one of the top players in the MAC alongside tackle Anthony Dima. A talented backfield and several key additions to the offensive line should help quarterback Mike Wegzyn as he enters his second season as the starter.

Along with Dima who was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List, punter Colter Johnson should be one of the premier players in the MAC. The senior became UMass' first-ever player named to a FBS preseason watch list for a major individual award..

The Maroon and White will be tested throughout the 2013 season as the squad faces another challenging slate of games, including opening the year at the University of Wisconsin, which has won the previous three Big Ten Championships. UMass will also complete non-conference battles against opponents from the SEC (Vanderbilt) and Big 12 (Kansas State) in addition to facing regional rival Maine to begin the home portion of the regular season at Gillette Stadium.

UMASS Athletics

opponents

    returning starters

    Stanley Andre
    35 Position: DL/LB
    height/weight: 6-2 | 240
    Hometown: Dorchester, Mass./Reading HS
    Khary Bailey-Smith
    21 Position: DB
    height/weight: 6-2 | 190
    Hometown: Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth HS
    Rob Blanchflower
    87 Position: TE
    height/weight: 6-4 | 250
    Hometown: Leominster, Mass./St. Johnís HS Shrewsbury
    Jordan Broadnax
    13 Position: RB
    height/weight: 5-9 | 175
    Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown HS
    Kevin Byrne
    93 Position: DL
    height/weight: 6-3 | 290
    Hometown: Mashpee, Mass./Mashpee HS
    Joe Colton
    46 Position: DB
    height/weight: 5-8 | 188
    Hometown: Norwood, Mass./Xaverian Brothers
    Anthony Dima
    70 Position: OL
    height/weight: 6-7 | 302
    Hometown: Centereach, N.Y./Centereach/Hofstra
    Trey Dudley-Giles
    9 Position: DB
    height/weight: 5-11 | 170
    Hometown: Dade City, Fla./Pasco HS
    Randall Jette
    4 Position: DB
    height/weight: 5-11 | 175
    Hometown: Oak Bluffs, Mass./Marthaís Vineyard HS
    Colter Johnson
    91 Position: P
    height/weight: 5-11 | 175
    Hometown: Warren, Pa./Warren Area HS/Alfred State
    Daniel Maynes
    97 Position: DL
    height/weight: 6-2 | 230
    Hometown: Waltham, Mass./Waltham Senior
    Kassan Messiah
    3 Position: LB
    height/weight: 6-4 | 225
    Hometown: Orange, N.J./Orange HS
    Jovan Santos-Knox
    17 Position: LB
    height/weight: 6-2 | 235
    Hometown: Middletown, Conn./Xavier HS (Conn.)
    Tajae Sharpe
    1 Position: WR
    height/weight: 6-2 | 175
    Hometown: Piscataway, N.J./Piscataway Township HS
    Matt Sparks
    78 Position: OL
    height/weight: 6-4 | 275
    Hometown: Mililani, Hawaii/Punahou School
    Mike Wegzyn
    11 Position: QB
    height/weight: 6-5 | 215
    Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn./Knoxville Catholic HS
    DíMetrius Williams
    7 Position: DB
    height/weight: 5-11 | 170
    Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va./Salem HS (Va.)

    2012 stats

    passing
    name comp-att-int yds avg/g long TD
    Wegzyn, M. 182-346-10 1825 165.9 56 6
    receiving
    name no. yds avg long td
    Walker, D. 59 667 11.3 38 3
    Blanchflower, R. 43 464 10.8 27 4
    Williams, A. 42 438 10.4 50 4
    rushing
    name att yds avg long td
    Cox, M. 198 715 3.6 32 5
    Wegzyn, M. 93 141 1.5 20 2
    Broadnax, J. 53 124 2.3 12 1
    Punt Returns
    name no. yds avg long td
    Dudley-Giles, T. 14 112 8.0 29 0
    interceptions
    name no. yds avg long td
    Thellen, D. 3 84 28.0 38 0
    Jette, R. 2 0 0.0 0 0
    Bailey-Smith, K. 2 29 14.5 22 0
    kick returns
    name no. yds avg long td
    Boradnax, J. 44 932 21.2 61 0
    Michel, M. 9 145 16.1 31 0
    punting
    name no. yds avg tb long
    Johnson, C. 64 2803 43.8 5 66
    Strait, J. 9 378 42.0 0 47