UMass Preview: UMass Minutemen (0-2) at Florida Atlantic (4-1)

November 20, 2020

Line: Florida Atlantic -33.5 Opening kickoff: The Minutemen travel to Boca Raton, Florida tonight to take Florida Atlantic. The game was put together three weeks ago after FAU was dealing with COVID 19 issues and had to rearrange their schedule. The Owls are coached by former Western Kentucky, South Florida and Florida State coach Willie Taggert. Taggert and Minutemen head coach Walt Bell coached together at Florida State where Bell…

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UMass: Primetime game an opportunity for the Minutemen to expand the brand

November 20, 2020

UMass will travel to Florida Atlantic tonight to take on a talented Owls team led by first year coach Willie Taggert. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network at 8 pm. It is not often that the Minutemen get to play a primetime game that is nationally televised. They did last season at Rutgers in the opener but it doesn’t happen often. The game is a good opportunity…

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UMass: Minutemen show improvement in 51-10 loss to Marshall

November 8, 2020

(Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP) HUNTINGTON. W.V- It wasn’t pretty but the UMass Minutemen showed some improvement in a 51-10 loss to Marshall. UMass was competitive in the first half which is impressive considering they have 22 true or redshirt freshmen on the depth chart. Despite playing better than they did against Georgia Southern, they still trailed 31-10 at the half. The Minutemen got out scored 20-0 in the second…

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UMass: Minutemen struggle in all three phases in 41-0 loss to Georgia Southern

October 17, 2020

Image courtesy of AJ HENDERSON/GEORGIA SOUTHERN ATHLETICS STATESBORO, GA: UMass finally made their long awaited 2020 season debut against the Georgia Southern Eagles and despite it being a new season, the results were the same as last season for the Minutemen in a 41-0 loss. Despite getting blown out. Minutemen head coach Walt Bell was just glad to be out there. “Obviously the result is not what we wanted but…

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UMass: Getting the young guys experience is goal number one this season.

October 16, 2020

No one knows how many games UMass will play this season. Right now they only have one game scheduled but there are rumors circulating that they at least two others games in the works. Regardless of how many games they are playing, one thing is for sure. Play the young guys is important for the Minutemen this season. The 2020 season is about development and getting better. It’s not going…

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UMass: Minutemen release their depth chart prior to Saturday’s opener

October 14, 2020

Mike Fallon is listed as the starting quarterback for Saturday’s game. UMass released their first depth chart ahead of Saturday’s game at Georgia Southern. There are some interesting changes to the starting line up and some key omissions from last year’s roster. Offensively, Mike Fallon is listed as the starting quarterback. Walt Bell and the offensive staff like Fallon. He knows the offense and they are comfortable starting him right…

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UMass: Improved offensive line will pave the way for a program looking to take the next step

October 13, 2020

Thom Kendall For UMass Athletics It is no secret that for the UMass football program to improve, they will need to play better along the offensive and defensive lines. It was a struggle for the Minutemen in the trenches last season. If there was one bright spot for UMass after last season, it was the improved play of their offensive line. First year offensive line coach Jim Jackson did a…

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UMass: Minutemen to open the 2020 season at Georgia Southern

October 9, 2020

Image courtesy of Georgia Southern Athletics. UMass announced this afternoon that they are kicking off the 2020 season next Saturday at Georgia Southern. The game will kickoff at 4 pm and it will be televised on ESPNU. https://twitter.com/umassfootball/status/1314264805239386115?s=21 Three weeks after announcing a return to play, Athletic Director Ryan Bamford has been feverishly trying to schedule as many games as possible. The school’s goal originally was to play six games…

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UMass: UMass announces their intentions to play football this fall

September 21, 2020

UMass Football is back!  The school announced this morning that they intend on playing football this fall after initially opting to move the season to the Spring of 2021. The university released the following statement from Athletic Director Ryan Bamford : “The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff has always been our first priority. Since returning to campus in June, the members of our football program have…

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UMass: UMass announces the cancellation of the fall sports season

August 11, 2020

UMass announced this morning that they will not be playing fall sports in 2020. That means that the Minutemen will not be playing football. The did say that they will contemplate playing the fall season in the spring. After consulting with university, state and public health officials, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 @UMassFootball season. https://t.co/yUyzuuILKN — UMass Athletics (@UMassAthletics) August 11, 2020 Athletic Director Ryan Bamford…

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