UMass: Breaking down the 2021 recruiting class for the Minutemen

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December 19, 2020

Image courtesy of UMass Athletics Walt Bell and his staff needed to upgrade the roster at several key positions and they did that with the 2021 recruiting class. The Minutemen signed 15 total players in the class. https://twitter.com/umassfootball/status/1339357441507602433?s=21 The class features mostly three star recruits from various parts of the country. It reinforces the belief that Bell and his staff can recruit despite the program’s struggles on the field. The…

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UMass: Bell and the UMass brass need to make progress this off-season when it comes to fixing the program

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December 2, 2020

Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images UMass wrapped up a shortened season Friday with a 45-0 loss to Liberty. The Minutemen finished 0-4 after losing games to Georgia Southern, Marshall, FAU and Liberty by a combined score of 161-12. UMass initially announced in September that they would not be playing this fall but then changed course and announced they were playing. Athletic Director Ryan Bamford was able to pick up four…

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UMass: Minutemen finish the season with a 45-0 loss to Liberty

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November 27, 2020

LYNCHBURG, VA: The UMass Minutemen wrapped up an abridged 2020 season 0-4 after losing to Liberty 45-0. UMass started Redshirt Freshmen Garrett Dzuro. Dzuro got off to a decent start but struggled after the first quarter. Dzuro completed 9 of 22 passes for 172 yards and 1 interception. The Minutemen tried to establish the running game early on but it was struggle as Liberty dominated the line of scrimmage. UMass…

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UMass Preview: UMass Minutemen (0-3) at Liberty Flames (8-1)

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November 27, 2020

Line: Flames by 37.5 Opening Kickoff: The Minutemen wrap up their season today when they travel to Lynchburg, Virginia to take on the high flying Liberty Flames. The Minutemen are massive underdogs despite showing improvement last Friday night in a 24-2 loss to FAU. This is the third meeting between the Minutemen and the Flames. UMass beat Liberty 62-59 in a wild game in 2018 but the Flames returned the…

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UMass: Defense plays well, offense struggles in frustrating loss to FAU

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November 21, 2020

Image courtesy of Ralph Notaro BOCA RATON, FLA: The UMass defense played its best game in the Walt Bell era but a lack of offense proved to be the difference in a 24-2 loss last night to Florida Atlantic. Bell praised the defense for their effort. “Our best defensive effort since we’ve been here, That’s damn good team defense.” It truly was good team defense. The Minutemen hurried and harassed…

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UMass Preview: UMass Minutemen (0-2) at Florida Atlantic (4-1)

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November 20, 2020

Line: Florida Atlantic -33.5 Opening kickoff: The Minutemen travel to Boca Raton, Florida tonight to take Florida Atlantic. The game was put together three weeks ago after FAU was dealing with COVID 19 issues and had to rearrange their schedule. The Owls are coached by former Western Kentucky, South Florida and Florida State coach Willie Taggert. Taggert and Minutemen head coach Walt Bell coached together at Florida State where Bell…

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UMass: Primetime game an opportunity for the Minutemen to expand the brand

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November 20, 2020

UMass will travel to Florida Atlantic tonight to take on a talented Owls team led by first year coach Willie Taggert. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network at 8 pm. It is not often that the Minutemen get to play a primetime game that is nationally televised. They did last season at Rutgers in the opener but it doesn’t happen often. The game is a good opportunity…

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UMass: Minutemen show improvement in 51-10 loss to Marshall

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November 8, 2020

(Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP) HUNTINGTON. W.V- It wasn’t pretty but the UMass Minutemen showed some improvement in a 51-10 loss to Marshall. UMass was competitive in the first half which is impressive considering they have 22 true or redshirt freshmen on the depth chart. Despite playing better than they did against Georgia Southern, they still trailed 31-10 at the half. The Minutemen got out scored 20-0 in the second…

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UMass: Minutemen struggle in all three phases in 41-0 loss to Georgia Southern

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October 17, 2020

Image courtesy of AJ HENDERSON/GEORGIA SOUTHERN ATHLETICS STATESBORO, GA: UMass finally made their long awaited 2020 season debut against the Georgia Southern Eagles and despite it being a new season, the results were the same as last season for the Minutemen in a 41-0 loss. Despite getting blown out. Minutemen head coach Walt Bell was just glad to be out there. “Obviously the result is not what we wanted but…

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UMass: Getting the young guys experience is goal number one this season.

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October 16, 2020

No one knows how many games UMass will play this season. Right now they only have one game scheduled but there are rumors circulating that they at least two others games in the works. Regardless of how many games they are playing, one thing is for sure. Play the young guys is important for the Minutemen this season. The 2020 season is about development and getting better. It’s not going…

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