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.