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Notebook: Jackson Porter trying to catch on fast at receiver for UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Long after many of his teammates were headed to the shower, done for the night, Jackson Porter was still on the field catching passes from wide receivers coach Spencer Whipple. The sophomore has officially been a wide receiver less than a week after converting from cornerback. With just 11 days separating the end of Tuesday’s practice and UMass’ Sept. 12 opener at Colorado, Porter was trying to catch …

UMass declines to further sanction football player Da’Sean Downey

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Da’Sean M. Downey will remain a fully eligible member of the UMass football team as his legal process plays out and won’t be further disciplined by the university. Downey will be arraigned Oct. 21 in Eastern Hampshire District Court, according to a criminal complaint filed by Hadley Police last week. He is charged with two counts of assault and battery causing …

James Oliphant popping as a returner, defensive back for UMass

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — James Oliphant got his nickname long before becoming a football star. His grandfather nicknamed all of his grandchildren and called Oliphant “Pop.” The moniker stuck. Now a freshman at UMass, Oliphant’s teammates have repurposed the nickname. “My teammates say my nickname is Pop because every time I get a return, I …

Former QB A.J. Doyle catching on as a tight end

Saturday, August 22, 2015

AMHERST — A.J. Doyle was 9 the last time he played a position other than quarterback. But staying at quarterback this year would have either meant leaving UMass or watching from the sideline for another year as Blake …

UMass women’s soccer overmatched in season opening loss to Syracuse

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The UMass women’s soccer team didn’t open its 2015 campaign the way it hoped. In the first game played by any Minuteman or Minutewoman team in the 2015-16 school year, UMass was in a hole early and never …

UMass opponent Notre Dame defense seeks answers against up-tempo opponents

Friday, August 21, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame is hoping to pick up the pace on defense this season. The Fighting Irish got off to a quick start last season in defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s first season at Notre Dame, keeping opponents off balance by switching personnel. The Irish gave …

Women’s soccer opens the 2015-16 UMass sports season

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The 2015-16 UMass sports season will officially begin Friday as the women’s soccer team will host Syracuse at 4 p.m. at Rudd Field. The Minutewomen, who were 5-9-5 (3-3-2 Atlantic 10) last year, were picked ninth in the …

UMass OLBs hoping to get to the quarterback more often

Thursday, August 20, 2015

AMHERST — When Kassan Messiah daydreams about the upcoming season, the UMass senior linebacker is thinking about getting to the quarterback. “Getting that game-winning sack, that’s what you dream about,” he said. “Getting in that backfield and making …

Wilson’s return gives UMass a deep stable of running backs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

AMHERST — Jamal Wilson doesn’t bother trying to play down his enthusiasm. The senior tailback’s face erupts in a smile when he talks about being back on the field after missing most of last year with a knee …

With a year under his belt, UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel has a stronger foundation underneath him

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

AMHERST — Expecting Blake Frohnapfel to be better in year two seems a little greedy. All he did in year one, was learn a system he’d never played in before, put up record-setting numbers for a team that …

No numbers, no problem. Anonymous UMass football team has a good first day of practice

Monday, August 17, 2015

In the huddle, UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel found himself peering through the facemasks of his receivers to see who was who. During drills he squinted to determine which defensive back was covering which would-be pass catcher before throwing …

10 questions in previewing the 2015 UMass football team

Sunday, August 16, 2015

When the UMass football team takes the field for practice Monday, it will carry something the program hasn’t had in almost a decade and has never had in the Bowl Subdivision: Expectations. The Minutemen won just three games last year and just five games since becoming an FBS …

Derek Kellogg is hoping UMass benefits from its European trip on and off the court

Sunday, August 16, 2015

If the primary goal was to win three games during his team’s three-game tour of France and England, UMass coach Derek Kellogg would have prepared differently. In the 10 practices that the NCAA allows teams to have prior to Monday’s departure, Kellogg would have spent more time focused …