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Running back Brandon Peoples tweets UMass commitment 

The 2013 backfield for the University of Massachusetts football team appears to have a grown by one.

Brandon Peoples, a 5-foot-8, 170-pound senior running back from Warminster, Pa., who goes by the nickname “Smash,” tweeted a picture of himself wearing a UMass jersey and the phrase “UMass commit.”

Peoples, who graduated from Archbishop Wood High School and is attending Millford Academy (N.Y.), had verbally committed to Temple.

ESPN’s recruiting website had this evaluation of him:

“Peoples is a quick and elusive between the tackles runner. Displays a low center of gravity and a well-built, compact frame that will need to add additional size, bulk and lower-body power. Displays good, competitive speed and solid acceleration but is not a home run threat. ... Overall, Peoples is a well-rounded back with quality skills but may struggle at times running between the tackles at the major college level and pulling away with speed. He projects as mid major featured back and may be a sleeper at that level.”

Peoples will compete for time with returning backs Jordan Broadnax and Stacey Bedell.

LALANNE STATUS UNCHANGED — After missing Tuesday’s men’s basketball game following his arrest Saturday night, UMass sophomore center Cady Lalanne’s status remains unchanged since his arrest Saturday night.

Lalanne missed Tuesday’s 72-66 win over Northeastern. The Minutemen did not practice Wednesday.

“He’s still suspended indefinitely,” UMass coach Derek Kellogg said. “I don’t think he’ll practice Thursday.”

Because of final exams, the Minutemen don’t play again until they host Elon at the MassMutual Center in Springfield on Dec. 15.

TAGLIENTE HONORED — The National Field Hockey Coaches Association named UMass coach Carla Tagliente its Division-I Northeast Region co-Coach of the Year with Northeastern’s Cheryl Murtagh. The Minutewomen won the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship and reached the NCAA tournament.

NEW BOATHOUSE — Construction for the new boathouse for the women’s rowing team is underway. It will be part of the Sportsman Marina on the Connecticut River next to the Coolidge Bridge.

The facility is scheduled to be completed in June. There will be a ceremony to mark the opening on Sept. 8.

“The completion of this building will be the single most significant event in the history of UMass rowing. The entire team, alumni and I would like to thank (athletic director) John McCutcheon, (associate athletic directors) Jamie Seguin, and Jeff Smith for their tireless effort in bringing this project to completion,” UMass rowing coach Jim Dietz said in a statement released by UMass. “The boathouse will solidify the commitment this university has made to the success of our rowing program. It will help in our recruiting effort as well giving us a gathering point for our many distinguished alumni.”

MATTSON HONORED — Sophomore Moa Mattsson was named to the 2012 NSCAA Women’s Division 1 All-Mid-Atlantic Region soccer team Wednesday for the second straight season.

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