UMass: 10 takeaways from training camp

August 12, 2022

We visited with the UMass Minutemen on Thursday. It was their first day in pads and as you can imagine, it was a lively, spirited practice and that is putting it mildly. Here are ten takeaways from UMass camp. 1. Don Brown is as intense as ever: When it comes to intensity, very few coaches can match Don Brown. He was in mid-season form as soon as we walked into…


UMass: Quarterback competition is wide open for the Minutemen

August 11, 2022

AMHERST — Sifting through the evidence at practice for UMass as the team looks for a starting quarterback can be a fruitless exercise. You see Brady Olson make a dime of a touchdown pass on a throw that not many can make, and he looks like the guy. But then you watch Zamar Wise or Gino Campiotti make an electric run in full team drills, and you think, well, it’s…


UMass: Minutemen open camp Friday with plenty of buzz around the program

August 4, 2022

By Jake Klein, NEFJ Correspondent In his first four seasons at UMass, Josiah Johnson was a part of just six wins. He stuck with the Minutemen, even after the school hired the third head coach of his tenure. Even after he was forced to switch positions from tight end to wildcat quarterback, then back to tight end. Even after rumors of his potential transfer swirled last winter.  “All I want…


UMass: 3 things to watch for as UMass kicks off fall camp

August 1, 2022

The UMass Minutemen kick off fall camp this week. It is the first camp for old friend Don Brown and his staff. After a busy off-season which saw Brown and his staff upgrade the talent through the transfer portal and raise the bar, UMass is ready to put it all together on the field. The Minutemen kick off on September 3rd at Tulane. Here are three things I will be…


UMass: Minutemen land a commitment from Maryland offensive lineman Zachary Anderson

August 1, 2022

On the eve of training camp and on Don Brown’s birthday, UMass landed another 2023 commit. This time it is guard Zachary Anderson of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Committed. #Flagship #Minutemen 🚩🚩 — Zachary Anderson (@Z_anderson55) July 31, 2022 The 6-2 275 Anderson, profiles as a guard on offense but could also play shade tackle on defense. Anderson held offers from Harvard, Brown, Yale, Charlotte, Bryant,…


UMass: Minutemen keep rolling with a commitment from EDGE Donovan Dyson out of Maryland

July 17, 2022

UMass continues to rack up the 2023 commitments. Don Brown and his staff picked up a commitment from Donovan Dyson out of Baltimore, Maryland yesterday. Thank you God , Let’s Rock 🚩#flagship @UMassFootball — Donovan Dyson (@8maxin1) July 16, 2022 Dyson plays EDGE. At 6-2 220, he is tightly packed and has good pop on the snap. He can play along the line of scrimmage and he makes a…


UMass: The Minutemen add another dude in 2023 WR Rico Watkins

July 12, 2022

For the second time in three days, UMass added another three star recruit in the Class of 2023. This time it is wide receiver Rico Watkins who like the recently committed Tristan Sion comes to Amherst from James Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida. I’m Home❤️‍🔥 @CoachPart @Coach_Casula @FBCoachDBrown — Rico Watkins (@WatkinsRico2) July 11, 2022 Watkins was rumored to be following Sion to Amherst after Sion committed this…


UMass: Minutemen land three star cornerback Tristen Sion out of James Rickards High in Tallahassee, Fla

July 9, 2022

The Don Brown Affect is a real thing. Brown’s presence at UMass is attracting talent from across the country. The latest example is defensive back Tristen Sion from James Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida. Sion committed to UMass last night. He is one the highest ranked recruits to ever commit to the program. I’m going Home! 1000% Committed🚩 @FBCoachDBrown — Tristen Sion (@Tristen7k) July 9, 2022 Sion had…


UMass: Vinatieri announces he’s no longer committed to the Minutemen

July 2, 2022

Just when UMass fans thought they could have nice things, Aj Vinatieri stunned the program and fan base on Friday night. While everyone was enjoying the start of the holiday weekend, Vinatieri – the son of legend Adam Vinatieri – put out a Tweet at 7:59 announcing he was de-committing from UMass and opening his recruitment back up. Back in February, Vinatieri chose head coach Don Brown and the Minutemen…


UMass: The Minutemen add Central Florida defensive back Jermaine McMillian in the transfer portal

June 27, 2022

UMass has once again reach in the transfer portal this time getting a commitment from former Central Florida defensive back Jermaine McMillian. McMillian came out of Booker T Washington High School in Miami, Florida. He originally committed to Central Florida in 2017 and enrolled at the school in 2018. He appeared in 24 games over three years and complied 36 tackles and two passes defended. He has two years…