A look at the squad ahead of the season-opener versus Boston College on Saturday
Marcel Shipp returned to the University of Massachusetts in January of 2014 after being named running backs coach by Mark Whipple.
Before UMass, Shipp spent the 2012 season as the running backs coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL. He also served the Arizona Cardinals in a coaching capacity in 2013.
As an undrafted NFL running back, he spent seven seasons with the Cardinals (2001-2007) and totaled 605 carries for 2,197 yards. In 2002, he had a team-high 834 rushing yards on 188 carries. He repeated this feat the following season playing alongside Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, rushing for 830 yards on 228 carries.
As a running back at Massachusetts, Shipp is widely held as one of the greatest players of all-time.
He was part of the school's 1998 Division I-AA National Championship squad, rushing for 244 yards and three touchdowns in the championship game versus Georgia Southern.
Shipp received first-team All-American honors in 1998 and 1999 and, in addition, received All-Conference honors three times.
Shipp still holds a number of UMass career records, including most carries (1,215), most rushing touchdowns (58), and all-purpose yards (7,759).
Before coming to UMass as a student-athlete, the Paterson, N.J. native attended Milford (Conn.) Academy and Passaic (N.J.) Tech. He was a New Jersey Super 100 pick as one of the state's top 100 high school seniors. Shipp's other high school awards include a First-Team All-State selection and participation in the New Jersey North-South All Star Game.
Shipp holds a degree in Sociology from UMass.
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