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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 …

Gazette writer Matt Vautour shares his thoughts about the Minutemen and college sports.

MAC Survivor Pool - Week I
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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 …

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 …

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 …