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…

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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…

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UMass: Ahead of what could be a huge year on the field, Merriweather is immersing himself in day-to-day athletic duties off of it

April 15, 2022

Photo: UMass Athletics To fans of the UMass football team, star running back Ellis Merriweather is arguably the most recognizable, popular player within the program. To the folks that work in the athletic department in Amherst, he’s just another student athlete trying to navigate his way through classes, tests and papers, all while being yelled at by Don Brown, Damian Mincey or Steve Casula at practice on a regular basis….

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UMass: Checking in on the Minutemen

April 12, 2022

Don’t worry UMass fans, our coverage didn’t stop with our special live show from Amherst a few weeks ago. For the next couple of weeks leading into the spring game, we’ll be doing a weekly “check in” with the Minutemen to see what coaches and players are saying about the progress the team is making during spring ball. On Tuesday, assistant head coach and special teams coordinator/d-line coach Ben Albert,…

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UMass: Spirited practice on Saturday proves the culture change is already taking shape for the Minutemen

April 3, 2022

AMHERST – At about 9:55 on Saturday morning inside the practice bubble just outside of McGuirk Stadium, ACDC’s Thunderstruck blared over the loud speakers. With local recruits and their families on hand, the UMass football team quickly brought the energy level from a 10 to a 15 as the offense and defense split up for some early two-minute work. By 10:11, Brown called the team together around the 35 and…

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UMass : 3 observations from spring practice

April 2, 2022

Calling a UMass practice energetic might be an understatement. The atmosphere at Saturday’s spring practice was electric as coaches and players alike were running around like mad men. It is controlled chaos and it is exactly how Don Brown and his coaching staff likes it. From start to finish, the tempo was fast. There was the occasional water break/team gathering but by in large, there was not much down time….

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UMass: Brown happy with early progress following first day of spring ball

March 29, 2022

Culture change doesn’t happen over night in Division 1 football, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Thankfully for UMass fans, the team and coaching staff hit the ground running this spring as the Don Brown era begins anew. On Tuesday, the Minutemen were finally out on the practice field for the first official spring ball practice. With a brand new staff and a plethora of new faces from the transfer…

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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…

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Patriots: Don Brown believes Chase Winovich & Josh Uche can make an impact this season

March 12, 2022

Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images During both of his presentations at the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Coaches Clinic on Friday night, UMass head coach Don Brown used a bunch of Michigan tape. On that tape was Chase Winovich and Josh Uche. A lot of them. Both guys have seen their careers get off to slow starts here in New England, but Brown was extremely complementary of both throughout a…

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UMass: Brown’s passion for football & the UMass program is as strong as ever

March 12, 2022

FOXBOROUGH – Around 8:35 on Friday night, UMass head coach Don Brown had a small group of four coaches huddled around him at the far end of Gillette Stadium’s Putnam Club. Brown slightly bent his knees for a second or two, placed his hands in front of him as if he was about to engage with an opponent, gave some instruction, nodded slightly and then continued to shake every hand…

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