On Getek: Heads into the season as the returning starting right tackle ... Comes off first season on the offensive line after moving from tight end prior to 2008 season ... Made great strides in new position last season ... Responded to the move with good work ... A large force with foot skills, who battled injuries early in his time at UMass while playing tight end ... Transfer from Connecticut who returned to his homestate prior to 2006 season.
As a redshirt junior in 2008: Played and started in seven games on the offensive line (six at right guard and one at right tackle)... Started one game at right tackle and six at right guard ... Part of offensive line that has allowed just six sacks, the fewest in the CAA (0.55 per game) and third in the NCAA ... Offense has five games of more than 400 yards of total offense ... Part of Tony Nelson's five 100-yard games this season, in his seven games ... Returned to action at #13 New Hampshire (11/15) and Nelson gained 154 yards ... Missed three games vs. Bryant (10/25), at Rhode Island (11/1) vs. Maine (11/8) with neck injury ... UMass did not allow a sack until the final series of the third week at #7 James Madison (9/13) ... Started season opener at right guard vs. Albany (8/30).
As a redshirt sophomore in 2007: Played in final 10 games as a tight end ... Started final three games of the season at tight end, in a two-tight-end set ... Started in two NCAA Tournament playoff games against Fordham (11/24) and at Southern Illinois (12/1) ... Caught one ball for four yards at Southern Illinois ... First-career catch came against New Hampshire (11/10) ... Worked hard as a blocker.
As a redshirt freshman in 2006: Did not play in any games in first season at UMass ... Was mired by injuries most of the season.
As A freshman In 2005 (At Connecticut): Did not play in any games at the University of Connecticut as a true freshman after joining the team in January 2005.
Before College: Spent the 2004 season in prep school at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. ... Had 13 receptions for 229 yards and three touchdowns for Milford ... Played high school ball at Bishop Guertin in Nashua, N.H. ... Named First-Team All-State and All-Area as a senior in 2003 ... Played in the Shrine-Maple Sugar Bowl between New Hampshire and Vermont All-Stars ... Grabbed 30 receptions for 400 yards as a senior after hauling in 24 passes as a junior for 250 yards ... Served as a team captain in football and basketball.
Personal: Robert Alexander Getek...Born on April 4, 1986 in Boston, Mass. ... Son of Joanne and Alex Getek ... Majoring in Sociology.