UMass: Minutemen focus on getting bigger up front with their 2020 class

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February 20, 2020

Natick’s Josh Atwood could play right away for the Minutemen. UMass signed 21 three star recruits in what is shaping up to be a good class for the Minutemen. Walt Bell and the UMass coaching staff emphasized getting bigger and stronger up front on both the offensive and defensive lines. They also wanted to upgrade the defense particularly at linebacker. They accomplished both. The staff also focused on adding some…

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UMass: Blueshirt bungle could come back to hurt UMass later

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February 9, 2020

Photo courtesy of Jim Young, Associated Press UMass lost three local commitments last week when quarterback Brady Martin, offensive lineman Andrew Nee and defensive back Joe Lusardi all decommitted from the program. The three players reportedly decomitted because UMass was attempting to blueshirt them. The players committed knowing that they were going to possibly have to blueshirt but they were now essentially going to have to walk on. When a…

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College: Thoughts on week 3 in New England college football

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September 18, 2019

The Eagles defense was reminded on Friday night that they are young. Week 3 featured Boston College getting trumped by Kansas in a game many felt the Eagles were going to win. Here are my thoughts on the week that was in New England college football. 1. Friday night’s loss to Kansas was a bad loss for many reasons for Boston College. It is a loss on and off the…

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UMass: UMass Minutemen (0-2) at Charlotte 49ers (1-1)

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September 14, 2019

The Minutemen beat Charlotte in Amherst last season 49-31. UMass will look to bounce back from a bad loss to Southern Illinois last week. It has been a tough start to the season for the Minutemen, particularly the defense. UMass needs to turn things around and quickly otherwise a bad start could snowball into a bad season. Here are three keys to the game. 1. Quarterback carousel: Both redshirt senior…

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College: Thoughts on Week 2 of the New England college football season

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September 12, 2019

UMass has a lot of work to do after losing to Southern Illinois. Week two of the college football season featured a great game between New Hampshire and Holy Cross and a blow out at the Heights. Here are my thoughts on the week that was. 1. UMass losing 45-20 to Southern Illinois is about as bad a loss as the Minutemen have suffered in recent years. It is going…

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Screaming Eagles Preview: UMass Minuteman (1-0) at Boston College Eagles (0-0)

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September 1, 2018

Opening Thought: The Boston College Eagles open the 2018 season at home against an improved UMass team that destroyed Duquesne last week 63-15. This will be the second meeting in the last four years between the two schools. B.C beat UMass two years ago at Gillette Stadium. Here are three keys to the game for the Eagles. 1. Set The Tone Early Up Front On Offense: The Eagles need to…

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College Football: UMass 2018 Football Preview

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August 25, 2018

Opening Thought: The Minutemen went 4-8 last season but after winning three of their last four games, expectations are higher this season for a team that returns several key starters including redshirt senior quarterback Andrew Ford and senior wide receiver Andy Isabella. It is year five in Mark Whipple’s system so it is not out of the realm of possibility that the Minutemen could compete for a bowl bid. Here…

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