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: 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…


UMass: Recapping our interview with Don Brown

June 9, 2022

On Monday, UMass coach Don Brown appeared on The New England Football Show sponsored by Mortgage Right. What followed was a wide-ranging discussion that lasted over 51 minutes. The conversation touched on Brown’s career and his various stops, his coaching philosophies, and what he sees from the Minutemen this fall, among other things. We decided to give a summary of what was said. Needless to say, Brown is very excited…


UMass: A springtime look at the program from Coach Brown’s point of view

May 25, 2022

NEWTON – Don Brown could have been anywhere he wanted to be on Wednesday afternoon, a rare option for football coaches. With head coaches unable to go out on the road with their assistants during this recruiting period, Brown has had some rare downtime from the end of spring ball until the start of camp in a few months. Instead of relaxing at home or golfing at the Charles River…


UMass: 5 Observations from the UMass Spring Game

May 1, 2022

AMHERST — It was a beautiful day for football Saturday in Amherst, as UMass held its spring game. Now, it was not quite football in its purest form, as there was no live tackling, and a lot of what you saw was 85 percent of what you’d see on a Saturday in the fall. But as it is, the defense defeated the offense, 20-3, in the modified scoring system. So…