Preseason Football Camp Wraps Up, Focus On W&M
Aug. 25, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. -- After 18 grueling days, the UMass football team finishes its preseason training camp on Wednesday with a scrimmage in the morning at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutemen are gearing up for the 2010 season opener on Sept. 4 vs. No. 4 William & Mary. Coach Kevin Morris was happy with his team's performance in the scrimmage and camp on a whole.
"We have a good group of kids that are working really hard," said Morris, who enters his second year as the Minutemen's head coach. "It is a team that is going to get after it every day. We have to continue to make plays. That's going to be our emphasis from here on out.
"We have the effort in, the alignment and the assignment. Now its all about execution against William & Mary. It was a good camp, we came out relatively healthy, which was good and now its about getting fully ready to go."
Among the players with nice plays on Wednesday were tailback John Griffin, who had a few touchdown runs. Receivers Julian Talley and Tom Gilson each hauled in TD passes from Kyle Havens and Brandon Hill.
On defense, Ke'Mon Bailey intercepted a pass while Antoine Tharpe had some nice break-ups in the secondary. The defense was stout on the line and linebackers Tyler Holmes and Mike Mele registered stops from the linebacker corps.