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AMHERST, Mass. — College of Massachusetts football heads to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for a 2 p.m. match up at Temple on Saturday, September 24, at Lincoln Monetary Discipline on ESPN+. 


The Minutemen and Owls might be assembly for the third time in program historical past, with Temple holding a 2-0-0 lead within the all-time sequence.

The groups final met on Sept. 15, 2017 at Lincoln Monetary Discipline, with the Owls prevailing 29-21. UMass quarterback Andrew Ford completed 23-of-37 with 377 yards passing and two touchdowns, whereas additionally speeding for an additional rating.

On Sept 19, 2015 Temple received the opposite assembly in sequence historical past 25-23. In that contest at Gillette Stadium, Blake Frohnapfel had 393 yards by the air for the Minutemen.


Head coach Don Brown returns to Massachusetts for his second stint with the football program. Brown was named head coach on Nov. 22, 2021, by Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford, after spending a season with Arizona because the defensive coordinator.

Throughout his first stint as head coach with the Minutemen, he led UMass to the winningest five-year stretch in program historical past from 2004-2008, accumulating a 43-19 document and making two postseason appearances. He spent the earlier 13 years guiding defenses at Maryland, Connecticut, Boston College, Michigan and Arizona.

The Spencer, Massachusetts, native has 45 years of teaching expertise to his credit score, starting at Hartford Excessive Faculty in 1977.  As a head coach, Brown mixed for a 95-45 total document between Plymouth State, Northeastern and Massachusetts. He additionally totaled 4 postseason appearances.


Jordan Mahoney had a 94-yard interception return for a  landing in UMass’ win over Stony Brook, marking the fourth longest interception return for a landing in program historical past:

1. 100 yards: Matt Mother or father vs. UNH 2008; Nov. 15, 2008

2. 100 yards: Tehran Hunter; at Univ. at Buffalo; Oct 18, 1997

3. 96 yards: Anton McKenzie; at New Hampshire; Nov 09, 2002

4. 94 yards: Jordan Mahoney vs. Stony Brook; Sept. 17, 2022


This season’s rosters options 21 student-athletes from the  Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

2022 – 27

2021 – 31

2020 – 29

2019 – 30

2018 – 25

2017 – 27

2016 – 31



Massachusetts has 19 transfers on the 2022 roster, together with 14 from Energy 5 establishments:

Kay’Ron Adams – Rutgers

Devin Baldwin – Rutgers

Tim Baldwin Jr. – Indiana

Noah Boykin – Notre Dame

Marcus Bradley – Vanderbilt

Marcus Cushnie – Florida State

Greg Desrosiers Jr. – Louisville

Sammy Faustin – Michigan

Darius Gooden – Rutgers

Zukudo Igwenagu – Rutgers

George Johnson III – Michigan

Tyler Rudolph – Penn State

Cameron Sullivan-Brown – Penn State

Tyson Watson – Michigan State


The Minutemen’s quarterback room options two sophomores (Brady Olson and Zamar Wise), one redshirt sophomore (Garrett Dzuro)  and one redshirt junior (Gino Campiotti).

Olson (6’4”, 200-pounds from Bellingham, Mass.) appeared in 9 profession video games throughout the 2021 season as a real freshman.

Campiotti (6’3”, 215-pounds from Manteca, Calif.), in the meantime, arrived at UMass after spending the 2021 season at Modesto Junior College, enjoying in 11 video games, and competed at Nothern Arizona within the 2019-2020 seasons.


Redshirt junior Gino Campiotti scored his first landing in a Massachusetts uniform at Tulane (9/3). The Manteca, California, native, discovered his manner into the endzone on a four-yard rush.

Isaiah Holiness rushed one-yard into the endzone at Toledo (9/10) for his first landing as a Minuteman.      

Jordan Mahoney (94-yard INT return) and Cam Sullivan-Brown (18-yard TD catch) every recorded their first touchdowns of the season within the 20-3 win over Stony Brook. It was the primary profession TD for each gamers.


Redshirt sophomore Zukudo Igwenagu is the cousin of former Minuteman Emil Igwenagu ’12.

Emil was a fullback and tight finish for this system from 2008-2011. He served as a group captain in each the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and was named to the CAA All-Convention First Staff (2011) and the CAA Educational All-Convention Staff (2009).  Within the postseaason following his senior season, Emil competed in each the East-West Shrine Bowl and have become the sixth participant in program historical past to play within the Senior Bowl (2012)

The previous Minuteman went undrafted in 2012 and was a part of the  Philadelphia Eagles group.


Isaiah Holiness’ first landing as a Minuteman marked the primary speeding landing of his profession at Toledo (9/10). As well as, Tim Baldwin Jr., ran for 29-yards at Toledo (9/1), marking the longest rush of his profession. Gino Campiotti additionally recorded a career-long rush of twenty-two yards at Toledo (9/10).


Within the season opener, 24 Minutemen made their debut . Three have been members of the group final season,  4 are true freshman and  17 transfered into this system for the 2022 season.


Ellis Merriweather was named to the 86th Maxwell Award Watch Listing, introduced July 18  by the Maxwell Soccer Membership. The award is introduced to theCollege Participant of the 12 months.

Merriweather accomplished the 2021 12 months as Massachusetts’ first 1,000-yard rusher in this system’s FBS period, whereas accumulating 1,138 all-purpose yards and 6 touchdowns. He recorded 218 consecutive carries with none fumbles and totaled a profession greatest 39 carries for 171 yards and two touchdowns, main UMass to its first victory of 2021. Merriweather obtained 2021 Phil Steele All-Unbiased Second Staff honors.


Massachusetts positioned 5 members of the group on the 2022 Phil Steele Preseason All-Unbiased Staff, together with operating again Ellis Merriweather, tight finish Josiah Johnson, offensive deal with Max Longman, defensive deal with Billy Wooden and cornerback Josh Wallace. Merriweather earned First Staff accolades, whereas Johnson, Longman, Wood and Wallace every have been named Second Staff.


UMass employs 4 alumni in a full-time teaching position in 2022 in assistant head coach/particular groups coordinator/defensive strains coach, Ben Albert, line of defense coach, Valdamar Brower, affiliate head coach/offensive line coach, Alex Miller and tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator, Jeff Moore. Albert is a 1995 graduate of the College of Massachusetts and was an All-Convention defensive lineman. Through the 2002 and 2003 seasons, he served as the within linebackers coach and particular groups coordinator, the place he aided the Minutemen to the 2003 Atlantic 10 Convention championship.

Brower, a 2004 graduate of UMass, was a star defensive lineman for Massachusetts from 1999-2003, enjoying for then-defensive coordinator Don Brown throughout the  1999 season.

Miller developed into one of the celebrated offensive lineman throughout his enjoying days at Massachusetts. His 4 years beginning on the road culminated with a number of first group all-America awards following the group’s look within the 2006 Nationwide Championship Recreation. Miller cemented his legacy as a sturdy and dependable centerpiece for the Minutemen with begins in all 50 video games performed throughout the 2003-06 seasons

A 2012 graduate of  UMass, Moore performed receiver for the Minutemen from 2008-12 as awalk-on.

Two extra teaching employees members earned a level from UMass in analyst Randall Jette ’15 and Jesse Monteiro ’17.


UMass football’s Liam Coen (2004-08) was certainly one of 4 inductees to the UMass Athletics George “Set off” Burke Corridor of Fame with the ceremony going down on Friday, September 16.

Coen was the beginning quarterback for the 2005-08 seasons for head coach Don Brown and was a group captain throughout his redshirt senior 12 months in 2008. The Minutemen have been 37-14 total and 25-7 in convention play (2005 – Atlantic 10; ’06-08 – CAA) throughout his 4 seasons because the beginning quarterback. Coen was chosen Atlantic 10 All-Convention Third Staff (2006) and CAA All-Convention Second Staff (2007, ’08). On the time of commencement, he was certainly one of 21 quarterbacks in FCS historical past with 10,000 or extra passing yards in a profession. He was 18th all-time in FCS/I-AA historical past for profession passing yards (11,031) and twentieth for touchdowns thrown (90).

Coen is at the moment the profession record-holder for passing yards (11,031), go makes an attempt (1,303), go completions (830), landing passes (90), completion proportion (.639), passer effectivity (152.92), yards per go try (8.47). He holds the UMass single-season record-holder for completion proportion (.650; 2006) and passing effectivity (160.52; 2006).

He helped lead Massachusetts to the 2006 NCAA FCS Nationwide Championship Recreation by going 69-of-109 for 837 yards with six touchdowns throughout the playoff run. Coen additionally led the Minutemen to an NCAA postseason look in 2007 and received convention championships in 2006 and 2007, as effectively. He tied this system document for many passing touchdowns in a single recreation (5 at Towson, 2006; vs. Bryant, 2008), and is certainly one of solely two quarterbacks to throw 5 touchdowns in a single recreation.

Coen spent two seasons as an assistant coach at UMass underneath then-head coach Mark Whipple in 2014 and 2015. After leaving UMass to function the offensive coordinator and QBs coach on the College of Maine (2016-17), Coen then coached within the NFL with the Los Angeles Rams in 2018 and 2019, serving to the group attain the Tremendous Bowl throughout his first season as an assistant vast receiver’s coach. In March of 2022, Coen was named the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams.


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