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AP Prediction: UMass among teams coming off bad season that will go bowling in 2015

Yes, there are actually college football teams that do not play in bowl games. There will be more postseason games than ever this season, 43 in including the College Football Playoff championship game, but still more than 40 FBS teams will not go bowling. Here are six teams that missed out on the postseason last year — and in some cases have gone several seasons without getting into a bowl — that should turn it around in 2015: UMASS — The Minutemen will exit the 0

Logan Laurent ready to assume No. 1 punter role for UMass.

AMHERST — UMass coach Mark Whipple said sophomore Logan Laurent, who is slated to be the team’s No. 1 punter, has settled into the role. “He’s been good. We’ve let him focus on punting,” Whipple said. “He’s kicking a little bit. He’s done a good job.” Laurent felt more confident. “I’ve really put a lot of time into it. This spring helped a lot. I got pretty much every rep,” Laurent said. “I took a lot of pride in that and did a lot of 0

UMass walk-on/blogger Mike Wojewodzic says farewell from London

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of Mike Wojewodzic’s blogging from UMass’ Eurotrip. It’s been a fun addition to this blog. I was going to call this entry Wojewerewolf of London, but I think that reference might be dating me too much — Matt Vautour What’s up everyone? It’s a sad day here as we have to leave London after a great seven days spent in Europe. Since the last blog post we have done a lot of really fun things around London. For 0

Daquan Mack headed for a larger role

AMHERST — When he arrived at UMass, Daquan Mack was expected to be a ball carrier, a big (251 pounds) hard-yardage, goal-line-type tailback. Former coach Charley Molnar, who didn’t used a fullback in his spread offense, briefly switched him to defensive end, but he never saw game snaps at either spot, so he took a redshirt and Molnar was fired after the season. Last year under coach Mark Whipple, whose pro-style offense does have a fullback, Mack moved back to offense and played sparingly at 0

An American Walk-On in Paris: Day 3 - Climbing the tower

Dear diary, .... Just kidding, bonjour everyone! Day 3 of Paris was just as great as the others. We started the day off with a continental breakfast at the hotel. We have been flirting with the Eiffel Tower all week, always taking pictures with it in our background and not actually visiting it. Not this time, not today. Today we finally went up the Eiffel Tower and I must say I am proud of some of my teammates but certainly disappointed with some of the 0

An American Walk-On in Paris: Day 2 Seth Berger shouldn’t look up

Bonjour everyone! It’s Mike again, hope you guys haven’t missed us yet, we cannot wait for the season to start! Day 2 in Paris could not have started or ended on a better note. We started off with breakfast at our hotel, Marriott Rive Gauche, and then we went to this beautiful spot where you can take the best pictures with the Eiffel Tower in your background! (Can you tell we love the Eiffel Tower yet?) We then proceeded to go to the Arc de 0

An American walk-on in Paris: Day 1

Editor’s Note: We asked Mike Wojewodzic to blog for us from the UMass men’s basketball team’s trip to Paris and London Bonjour from Paris! My name is Mike Wojewodzic, If you don’t know who I am, don’t break a sweat. I am one of the two walk-ons for the UMass men’s basketball program and I will be writing to you guys about the team’s experience here in Paris and London. Our flight was what is called a “red eye” flight meaning that it was an 0

Former Vanderbilt LB Larry Franklin joins UMass football team

AMHERST — The UMass football team got a late addition to its roster on the eve training camp as former Vanderbilt linebacker Larry Franklin, has joined the Minutemen as a fifth-year transfer. Defensive coordinator Tom Masella said Franklin, a 6-foot-1, 214-pound Vero Beach, Fla. native, is eligible immediately and will be in the mix to play this season. According to the Nashville Tennessean, Franklin left the Commodore football team before the start of spring practice in 2014. At that time, coach Derek Mason declined to 0

A.J. Doyle will be exclusively a tight end for UMass in 2015

UMass coach Mark Whipple confirmed that redshirt junior A.J. Doyle, who played quarterback during his first three seasons as a Minutemen will be exclusively a tight end in 2015. “He’s done a good job. I see a different guy. He’s really enjoying it. I think he’s got some natural ability,” Whipple said. “He made some plays at the end of spring. He’s a good player and a good kid.” Doyle completed 128 of 235 pass attempts for 1,274 yards, six touchdowns and 11 interceptions as 0

UMass adds series with South Florida & Maine

UMass will play South Florida in a home and home football series beginning in 2017. The teams will play in Tampa on Oct. 14, 2017 and in Amherst on Oct. 6, 2018. “I am very pleased to announce more exciting football scheduling details to our supporters in the Commonwealth and beyond,” UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said in a statement released by the athletic department. “Our home-and-home series with South Florida is exactly the type of agreement that we are looking to secure as we 0