Will compete for playing time at wide receiver.
2001: Did not see any game action.
Before UMass: Played one year for coach Rick Marcella at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine ? Previously played for coach George Smith at St. Thomas Aquinas High School ? Led St. Thomas Aquinas to an overall record of 49-6 during his four years, including state championships during his sophomore and senior seasons ? Named MVP of the state championship game during senior year, after catching five passes for 173 yards ? Totaled 48 receptions for 687 yards and eight touchdowns in senior season ? Had 104 career receptions for 1,562 yards and 16 scores ? Earned All-State and All-County honors during junior and senior years.
Personal: Full name is Joseph Bruce ? Son of Karetha Bruce ? Born September 17, 1981, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ? Brother, Isaac, plays wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams ? Attended the same high school as UMass senior wide receiver Adrian Zullo, junior linebackers Jeremy Cain and Mike Ziccardi, sophomore linebacker Brandon Brudzinski and freshman tailback Justin Montgomery ? Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.
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