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Australian TE Travis Reynolds excited to be at UMass, eager to make an impact

Monday, August 3, 2015

AMHERST Everyone wants to ask Travis Reynolds about kangaroos. The UMass freshman tight end is from Australia and most of the people he’s encountered know very little about his homeland other than it’s iconic bouncing pouched marsupial. So that’s usually their conversation starter. “It’s all right. It’s a cool animal,” said Reynolds, who likes to take advantage of the lack …

UMass men’s basketball team starting to heal with Europe trip on the horizon

Friday, July 31, 2015

With its European trip not far off, the UMass men’s basketball team is slowly getting healthier. “It’s been a little slower than I would have liked as far as having everybody practicing, getting ready for the foreign trip,” said Minuteman coach Derek Kellogg, whose team will visit London and Paris from Aug. 17-24. After missing most of last year with knee problems, rising …

UMass picked fourth in MAC East, eager to exceed those expectations

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As they spent Tuesday evening on the turf at Ford Field helping to run a clinic for Detroit area kids, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox looked around the Detroit Lions’ domed stadium and couldn’t help dreaming of returning on Dec. 4 for the Mid-American Conference championship game. If the Minutemen are going to do that, they’re going to have to …

UMass TE Todd Stafford arrested in Connecticut

Monday, July 20, 2015

UMass tight end Todd Stafford was arrested Saturday and charged with second-degree breach of peace in Stamford, Connecticut according to the Greenwich Daily Voice. Stafford, 21, a Greenwich resident has a July 31 court date scheduled. According to the Voice, Stafford was one of three arrested as part …

UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel named to Davey O’Brien watch list

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Yet another UMass football player is being considered for a postseason award. Rising senior Blake Frohnapfel was one of 24 college quarterbacks named to the Davey O’Brien Award preseason watch list on Thursday. Frohnapfel and Western Michigan’s Zach …

Tajae Sharpe, Blake Frohnapfel named to watch lists for Biletnikoff Award, Wuerffel Trophy

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Two more UMass football players landed on preseason watch lists for postseason awards Wednesday. Rising seniors Tajae Sharpe and Blake Frohnapfel earned official consideration for the Biletnikoff Award and Wuerffel Trophy, respectively. The Biletnikoff Award annually goes to the nation’s best receiver. While it usually goes to a …

UMass radio voice Josh Maurer excited for chance to fill in on Red Sox games

Monday, July 13, 2015

Josh Maurer isn’t thinking about what the next two weeks mean for his future. Trying not to anyway. Maurer, who is the play-by-play voice of UMass football and basketball radio broadcasts, is in his fourth year of calling …

Randall Jette on watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award

Monday, July 13, 2015

Add Randall Jette to the growing list of UMass football players in contention for postseason awards. The rising senior cornerback was named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to college football’s best …

Former UMass forward Ronell Blizzard mourned after unexpected death last week

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

When former UMass men’s basketball assistant coach Geoff Arnold would talk to recruits or kids about the players he’d worked with, he’d always talk proudly about “Blizz.” So when Arnold, now an assistant at Saint Joseph’s, learned that Ronell Blizzard, 37, who was a Minuteman from 1997-2002, died …

UMass LB Jovan Santos-Knox named to Bednarik watch list

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UMass football’s year of increased expectations began with an individual honor. Rising senior linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox was officially named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is annually given to the best defensive player in …

UMass DB Kelton Brackett still feels burned by UAB, but glad to be a Minuteman

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelton Brackett had tentatively decided that his career was over. When Alabama-Birmingham made the controversial decision to end its football program in December, Brackett had interest from other schools. But he was a senior with just one year …

UMass notebook: Starters Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transfer from men’s lacrosse team

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Two key pieces of the UMass men’s lacrosse team will finish their careers elsewhere. UMass coach Greg Cannella confirmed Wednesday that leading scorer Nick Mariano, who just completed his sophomore year with 22 goals and 20 assists, is transferring to Syracuse. Mariano will be eligible immediately as first-time …

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible …