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UMass Depth Chart

Offense QB - 1. Blake Frohnapfel - 2. A.J. Doyle RB - 1. Jamal Wilson - 2. Lorenzo Woodley FB - 1. Rodney Mills - 2. DaQuan Mack WR - 1. Tajae Sharpe - 2. Shakur Nesmith WR - 1. Jalen Williams - 2. Alex Kenney TE - 1. Brandon Howard - 2. Jon Denton C - 1. Matt Sparks - 2. Rich Queen LT - 1. Tyrell Smith - 2. Tyshon Henderson LG - 1. Fabian Hoeller - 2. Michael Boland RT - 1. 0

UMass Camp Superlatives Part I: - Intro, Best Athlete and Best Looking

Last week at media day I asked 16 Minutemen the same 11 mostly fun questions, about their teammates and football in general: Best Athlete on the Minutemen? Funniest Guy on the team? Best looking guy on the team? Best Singer on the team?  Best basketball player on the team? Smartest player on the team? Favorite UMass Sport to Watch?  If they couldn’t play football what sport would they play? Who has the best car on the team? If they could play a game in any stadium, which would they chose? Who is going 0

UMass WR Jalen Williams making his case for playing time

AMHERST — Junior receiver Jalen Williams, a transfer from Dean Junior College who was one of the breakout players in the spring, carried over his strong play into the fall. “He’s taken a big step. The day he stepped in here I didn’t really know him,” UMass coach Mark Whipple said. “He made some plays in the spring, carried it over to the summer and he’s had a good two days (in camp). He’s playing faster than he did in the spring.” The Georgia native 0

A.J. Doyle and Blake Frohnapfel begin competition to be UMass’ starting QB

Returning starter A.J. Doyle and newcomer Blake Frohnapfel were inconsistent as they began their quest to be UMass’ starting quarterback Monday, but both did enough to please coach Mark Whipple. “Both guys were really good today,” said Whipple, who expected to name a starter early in camp. “They both did some things. We just let them compete.” Sophomore Penn State transfer Austin Whipple, the coach’s youngest son, and walk-on Andrew Verboys also saw time under center. True freshman QB Ross Comis didn’t throw the ball 0

LuWane Pipkins, Bruce Brown visit UMass Monday

It appears that LuWane Pipkins' visit to UMass went well. I'm Inlove 😍😍😍 (Umass) 🏀🏀🏀🌆 — Bogan Guard #2 (@lpip_chefteam) August 4, 2014 Pipkins, the guard from Chicago, who committed to UMass earlier this summer, wasn't the only player to visit campus as Bruce Brown, a Wakefield native, who is at Vermont Academy made an unoffical visit. Brown, a 6-foot-3 guard, who will be a junior in high school this fall, is the No. 1 player from Massachusetts according to ESPN. 247Sports ranks him the 0

OL Michael Boland glad to be back with UMass football team

AMHERST— In 2012, Michael Boland looked like he was headed for a long career on the UMass offensive line. He earned six starts as a true freshman at left guard, but a concussion led him to walk away from football for the 2013 season. With a new coaching staff in place and the concussion symptoms gone, Boland returned to give the Minutemen another lineman with experience. “I’m so excited to be back. I’m ready to compete and play,” Boland said. “I missed it a lot. 0

Randall West, Lamarriel Taylor not joining Minutemen until the spring

According to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Randall West, a quarterback from New Jersey and Lamarriel Taylor, a wide receiver from California, won’t be joining the Minutemen until the spring semester. The decision makes them "greyshirts", players, who enroll in college in January and can get a head start on learning the college game and spending time in the weight room for a semester before their eligibility clock starts the following fall. It’s common for players, who were injured as high school seniors to do it 0

NFL Preseason games involving former Minutemen

Sunday, Aug. 3 NY Giants vs. Buffalo at Canton, Ohio, 8 p.m. (NBC) Thursday, Aug. 7 San Francisco at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 Tampa Bay at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Chicago, 8 p.m. Oakland at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 Cleveland at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at NY Giants, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. WEEK 2 Thursday, Aug. 14 Jacksonville at Chicago, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Aug. 15 Philadelphia at New England, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Oakland, 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 Baltimore at Dallas, 7 p.m. NY Giants at Indianapolis, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Tampa 0

Remembering Sam Koch

Earlier this week, I solicited some memories of UMass soccer Sam Koch, who died Sunday night after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. Here are the responses so far. If you'd like to share, it's not too late - send anything to Mvautour@gazettenet.com. I'll keep updating as long as people send remembrances. I want to point people to the CaringBridge.org site that Sam's wife Suzanne set up. It's a blog that she wrote chronicling his fight with cancer. There's some great anecdotes and memories of 0

UMass picked seventh (last) in the East Division of the Mid-American Football Conference

I'd been predicting that UMass would be picked sixth. Miami was wretched last year. The Minutemen beat them and both teams are adapting to new coaches. But nobody wants to finish sixth, let alone seventh so I can't imagine UMass feels any more motivated by seventh instead of sixth and Miami isn't exactly bragging that it's higher than UMass. The complete poll follows:   Team (First Place Votes) Points MAC East Division  1. Bowling Green (18) 144 2. Akron (3) 114 3. Ohio 107 4. Buffalo 87 5. Kent State 72 6. 0