Defense Shines Despite Rain On Third Day Of Training Camp

Aug. 5, 2012

The UMass football team broke out shoulder pads in the third practice of pre-season camp, but a thunder storm with lightning forced a 30-minute delay on Sunday. The defense highlighted the day's effort on the field with head coach Charley Molnar quickly pointing out the defensive line and linebackers as having strong performances throughout the rain soaked practice.

"Today's practice was really more like having two," said Molnar. "We started off having a good 25 minutes before the lightning storms hit the area. The team went inside, we watched video, we had more meetings, and then came back out. In the second practice, the defense came out super intense and played really hard."

The defense looked especially good in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 situations. Anchored by a deep front line, linebackers were able to play coverage and blitz throughout the periods.

"Perry McIntyre has been a starting linebacker and a stalwart for the defense in the past. We're looking for some big things from Perry and I think he will match up well against the I-A competition."

One of the adjustments the defense is facing this year is the transition back to a 4-3 base after spending last season in a 3-4 formation. UMass also must replace All-American linebacker Tyler Holmes who left the Minutemen as one of the most decorated and proficient at the position.

Molnar pointed out a trio of returning linebackers who will help fill that void: Greg Hilliard, D.J. Adeoba, and Tom Brandt.



"Greg has been playing more at the outside backer, while Tom is a guy who hasn't played much in the past, but is a good, tough football player."

The goal for Monday's practice according to Molnar - "Build on the defensive success from today, while offensively regrouping and coming back even stronger."


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