UMass defense beats offense in spring game

April 29, 2023

By Ryan Barry NEFJ Correspondent The anticipated downpours held off just long enough for the UMass defense to take down the UMass offense 18-17 in the Minutemen’s curtain closing spring game. The defense, otherwise known as Team White, won for the second year in a row under head coach Don Brown, though a much revamped offense, or Team Maroon, showed some encouraging signs for next season. No official stats were…


Recapping spring ball season for UMass

April 29, 2023

Image courtesy of @UMassFootball By Sydney Ciano NEFJ Correspondent AMHERST – The next time UMass fans will see the Minutemen on a field after Saturday will be training camp. After about two months of work, UMass finally got to put their practices to use with the spring game at McGuirk. In fitting Don Brown fashion, it was the defense who won 18-17. The defense showed up each spring practice powerful,…


Sydney’s sights & sounds from Saturday’s UMass spring practice

April 8, 2023

By Sydney Ciano NEFJ Correspondent AMHERST — The Massachusetts football team finished their second week of spring practices on Saturday, focusing on the technicalities of defense and the connections between quarterbacks and running backs. Defense continued to be a strength for the Minutemen on Saturday, a running theme throughout their practices. That morning, this side of the ball focused more on footwork during individual drills. The coaching staff placed an…


UMass sights & sounds from spring ball

April 4, 2023

Sydney Ciano NEFJ Correspondent AMHERST — On Tuesday morning, the Massachusetts football team opened its second week of spring practice, buckling down on defensive skill and connections between quarterbacks and wide receivers. Notable in Tuesday’s practice was wide receiver Isaac Ross, who took his position-focused drills and work during 7-on-7 onto the field for scrimmages. The redshirt-junior had precise footwork with these specific drills. With his tight footwork and quick…


There’s a different aura around the Minutemen

April 2, 2023

AMHERST – Right around 9:30 A.M. on Saturday as recruits filed in and grabbed their lanyards at a check in table inside the bubble, the Minutemen began their first padded practice of the spring. It wasn’t full pads, but pops could be heard almost immediately as guys went through various individual drills early. From that point on for the next two hours, UMass didn’t look or sound like a team…


Competition key for UMass heading into spring ball

March 11, 2023

FOXBOROUGH – It’s almost time UMass fans. Year two for the return of Don Brown and a higher bar for the program is what the Minutemen are looking at when taking the field for the first day of spring practice in three weeks. That “high bar” may only be three-ish wins for now (it’s going to be a slow build, start preparing yourselves again now), but there clearly needs to…


Don Brown’s unrelenting passion on full display Friday night

March 10, 2023

FOXBOROUGH – With spring ball rapidly approaching and the sling off, Don Brown was putting his passion for football on display Friday night. Brown was one of many presenters over the two-day MHSFCA New England Football Coaches Clinic at Gillette Stadium. Brian Belichick kicked things off with a presentation about defensive run force, fits and gaps around 4 P.M. at the event hosted by the Patriots, specifically Fred Kirsch, Gary…


Taking a quick look at the 2023 UMass schedule

February 2, 2023

Image courtesy of @UMassFootball Everyone loves schedule day. Whether it’s the NFL or college, any time you get that slate of games there are few things more fun than going through it and circling the wins and losses in what is a way-too-early tradition for everyone. On Thursday afternoon, the crazy fans from the Zoo got to have their day as the Minutemen released the 2023 schedule. Here’s a quick…


UMass continuing to build through portal as Brown discusses transfers on National Signing Day

February 1, 2023

Image courtesy of UMass Athletics The energy and enthusiasm Don Brown still has for recruiting and the game of football in general was never more apparent than when he spoke to the media via Zoom on Wednesday. The old ball coach was thrilled to sit and talk about his 13 new transfer recruits that officially became members of the Minuteman family on National Signing Day. Brown and the rest of…


Don Brown once again using the transfer portal to fortify the Minutemen roster

January 17, 2023

UMass was active in the transfer portal last off-season and this off-season has been no different. Just yesterday alone, the Minutemen announced four portal commitments. Don Brown and his staff have been active throughout the months of December and January fortifying a roster that needs upgrades at several areas. The defense was the focal point in the portal last off-season. The offense has been the focus thus far this off-season…