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: 5 things to watch for as the Minutemen open up spring practice

March 29, 2022

It is finally here. The day UMass football fans have been waiting for. The start of spring practice. Ever since Don Brown was hired in December, the Flagship Faithful have been pointing to this day. It is the start of a new era for UMass football. The road to restoration begins now. Expectations are high. Real high! Brown and his staff are ready to meet those expectations. Brown was giving…


UMass preview: UMass (1-6) @ Liberty (6-2)

October 29, 2021

PHOTO: ESPN.COM LINE: LIBERTY -35.5 (O/U 56.) We’re switching things up this week. Three keys on offense and defense seems pretty irrelevant at this point when all UMass fans and alumni want to see is a consistent effort that doesn’t make them embarrassed to be associated with the program. Look, after all the chatter – good and bad this week – it’s pretty clear what Saturday’s game needs to be…


UMass preview: UConn (0-6) vs. UMass (0-5)

October 9, 2021

PHOTO: UMASS ALUMNI LINE: UConn -3 (O/U 57) UConn -160 money line, UMass +140 Money line THREE OFFENSIVE KEYS FOR UMass 1. Let Merriweather go to work: UConn enters this game giving up 212.5 yards per game on the ground. If The Minutemen want to still try and take some things off of Brady Olson’s plate for now, let Ellis Merriweather do his thing. UMass is only averaging 84.6 YPG…


UMass preview: Toledo (2-2) vs. UMass (0-4)

October 2, 2021

PHOTO: ESPN LINE: Toledo -27 (O/U 56.5), UMass +1,500 Moneyline THREE OFFENSIVE KEYS FOR UMass 1. Don’t get out-gained by 400 yards – I mean, it seems simple, but after last week’s debacle against Costal Carolina – albeit a very talented and Top 20 team – the Minutemen simply HAVE to have a better showing on offense. It was revealed this week that Tyler Lytle will still be out for…


UMass: Minutemen looking to pick up the pieces while getting ready for Toledo

September 28, 2021

We don’t need to go over what happened against Costal Carolina again. We all know how bad it was. With that in mind, UMass turned the page officially today as they started practicing with eyes on the game against Toldeo on Saturday at McGuirk. It can’t get any worse, so what kind of problems will the Rockets present on defense, arguably UMass’ biggest problem right now aside from health and…


UMass: Minutemen take a giant step back with 53-3 loss to No. 17 Costal Carolina

September 26, 2021

Well, so much for that. For the last two weeks, the UMass football team made small strides in an effort to earn their way back to respect and relevance. The Minutemen lost games to Boston College and Eastern Michigan, but the signs were there, progress was coming, slowly, but it was coming. The fan base and alumni were starting to believe there was light at the end of the tunnel….