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Hamstring injury sidelines UMass TE Adam Breneman at Senior Bowl

  • South Squad tight end Adam Breneman of UMass, left, and South Squad safety Tray Matthews of Auburn, right, run drills during the South team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala.,Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) AP

  • South Squad tight end Adam Breneman of UMASS, left, and South Squad safety Tray Matthews of Auburn, right, in action during the South team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala.,Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Brynn Anderson

  • South Squad tight end Adam Breneman of UMASS, left, and South Squad safety Tray Matthews of Auburn, right, run drills during the South team's practice for Saturday's Senior Bowl college football game in Mobile, Ala.,Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Brynn Anderson



@MattVautourDHG
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

UMass tight end Adam Breneman injured his hamstring and won’t compete in the Senior Bowl, according to several published reports.

The game is being held Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

Breneman, who suffered the injury Tuesday, will likely stay in Alabama and meet with NFL team representatives.

Breneman was supposed to play for his former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, who is now the coach of the Houston Texans. He told NFL Draft Bible correspondent Joe Everett that playing for O’Brien and UMass coach Mark Whipple, who both run NFL style offenses, helped his preparation.

“I’ve been talking to teams about that here. I’ve been able to play for Bill O’Brien and Mark Whipple in NFL systems,” he said. “The offenses come pretty naturally to me right now.”

Breneman used the same interview to pump the tires of his friend and quarterback Andrew Ford, who’ll be back at UMass next year as a senior, and to thank UMass again.

“It was awesome playing with Andrew Ford. He’s such a good quarterback. He’ll probably be in this game next year,” Breneman said. “I’m really thankful for the people there and the coaches for taking a shot on me when I hadn’t played in a couple years.”

NEW STRENGTH STAFF — UMass named Brian Phillips its new director of sports performance Monday. He’ll oversee the entire strength and conditioning staff and will work primarily with football.

Phillips held a similar position at Elon this fall and has worked at Army, Idaho, Nevada and USC as well.

Phillips added former Alabama football player Darren Mustin as his assistant. Mustin will work with offensive and defensive linemen, tight ends and linebackers. Mustin spent the 2017 season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Nebraska.

Phillips replaced Joe Connolly, who was hired for the same position at Arizona State.

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