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Tattoo Tuesday: UMass FB Rodney Mills

UMass fullback Rodney Mills got his daughter's name, birthday and footprint tattooed on his right arm: "This is my daughter's name, her birthday and her feet. She just turned two in August." "She really keeps me going. I want the best for her. Coming out here every day and putting in work can help possibly put me in position to give her everything she wants." 0

A dodged bullet and an honor

After Trey Dudley-Giles left the field on crutches Saturday after UMass' loss to Bowling Green, UMass coaches had good reason to be concerned. The versatile junior defensive back is one of, if not the best player on the Minutemen and an incredibly valuable piece of the defense backfield, which is thin to begin with. Losing him would have been potentially catastrophic. But according to Whipple on Monday's MAC conference call, Dudley-Giles practiced Sunday night and is expected to play Saturday vs. Miami at 2:30 p.m. 0

MAC Picks Week 5

MAC Games Saturday Bowling Green over UMass - I've been flip-flopping back and forth all week on this. It's the only game I'm capable of getting wrong this week. Pitt over Akron- Buffalo over Miami - A battle of quarterbacks with big numbers leading mediocre teams. Toledo over Central Michigan - Virginia over Kent State - Ohio over Eastern Illinois - Virginia Tech over Western Michigan - Top 25 vs. Top 25 Games None Last week's record: 10-2  Season record: 41-11 MAC Knockout Zombie Pool 0

UMass football announces games from 2016 to 2022

With independence on the horizon, the UMass football program officially announced games spanning the seasons of 2016-2022, including several that had previously been announced. The announcement was highlighted by four-game series with fellow independents BYU and Army and a trip to Hawaii. UMass will face the Cougars in Provo, Utah in 2016 and 2017 and will host them in 2018 and 2019. It’s likely those games will be at Gillette Stadium. The Minutemen are at Army in 2019 (Nov. 9) and (Nov. 12) 2021 and 0

Sources: UMass to play at Tennessee in 2017

After playing in the second largest stadium in college football Saturday, UMass is about to announce an agreement to play in the fifth largest. Multiple sources confirmed that Minutemen will travel to Tennessee in Nov. of 2017 for a game at Neyland Stadium (capacity, 102,455). UMass will be playing as an independent in 2016 and 2017 and perhaps beyond. Getting November games is particularly challenging for independents because most schools are playing conference games that late in the season. UMass athletic director John McCutcheon wouldn't 0

UMass picked 11th in the Hockey East preseason poll

The Hockey East Presason Poll as chosen by the league's coaches (first place votes): Providence (7) Boston College (3) Notre Dame Northeasten (1) New Hampshire Boston University UMass-Lowell (1) Vermont Maine Merrimack UMass UConn 0

MAC Picks Week 4

MAC Games Saturday Penn State over UMass - Not a good matchup for UMass. Michigan State over Eastern Michigan - Wisconsin over Bowling Green - What will the collective score of Big Ten vs. MAC be today? Toledo over Ball State - Marshall over Akron - Sadly, Akron might be the toughest team on Marshall's nonconference schedule Buffalo over Norfolk State - Central Michigan over Kansas - Why not Cincinnati over Miami (Ohio) Ohio over Idaho - Western Michigan over Murray State Northern Illinois over 0

Will Hackenberg join this list of recent UMass opponents in the NFL?

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is projected by many to be a future NFL first round pick. The Minutemen have squared off against several players before they reached the NFL. Hackenberg could someday join a list that includes: Byron Leftwich, Marshall - The longtime starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars. At Marshall in 2001, Leftwich completed 21 of 31 passes for 331 yards and five touchdowns against the Minutemen in a 49-20 win for the Thundering Herd. Philip Rivers, North Carolina State - Before becoming the 0

UMass freshman kicker Matthew Wylie ready if called upon

UMass coach Mark Whipple said he won’t likely make a decision on who’ll handle field goals and extra points until Saturday, which means it won’t be announced until close to game time. The competition is between junior Blake Lucas, who started the first three games, but missed a 22-yarder that cost the Minutemen a shot at overtime at Vanderbilt, and freshman Matt Wylie. If Wylie, a freshman from Dripping Springs, Texas, is called on, he’s ready. “I’m excited. I’m just going to go out there 0

Tattoo Tuesday: Alex Kenney

Seemed appropriate for this week's Tattoo Tuesday to go with Alex Kenney, the former Penn State receiver making a trip back to play his former school Saturday. Kenney is one of the Minutemen's most inked players, with seemingly a full shirt of art work. Surprisingly he wasn't especially talkative about his tattoos. Nothing wrong with it, but I've found most people with lots of ink can't wait to talk about it: "I like all my pieces equally. I don't have stories to match. I'm just 0