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January 8, 2015

MAC announces home/away conference games for 2015

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UMass Amherst Minutemen will host Akron, Kent State, Miami, and Toledo next season.

The 2015 UMass football schedule is taking shape as it was announced yesterday evening that the Minutemen will host Akron, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo next fall. The Mid-American Conference released home and away opponents for each league member on Wednesday night. In addition to the four home MAC games, UMass will also host non-conference foes Temple and Florida International.

The full MAC schedule with dates is expected to be released in early March.

For road games next fall, the Minutemen will head to Buffalo, Bowling Green, Ball State and Eastern Michigan.

UMass is coming off a 2014 campaign where the Minutemen posted a 3-9 overall record and a 3-5 mark in league play. In head coach Mark Whipple's return to the sidelines, the offense flourished with the No. 1 passing attack in the MAC which also ranked No. 10 nationally.

Fans have reason for optimism heading into the 2015 season as the Minutemen are projected to lose just three starters from the past year. Additionally, UMass looks to return the bulk of its roster with 93 players having remaining eligibility entering spring camp.

The 3-9 record did not indicate the closeness of several games during the 2014 season. UMass had five loses decided by seven-or-fewer points and six loses where the Minutemen had a lead going into the fourth quarter. All told, a total of 23-points separated the program from being bowl eligible in just its third year at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.

Following the year, several Minutemen earned post-season accolades including quarterback Blake Frohnapfel who will return next season. Frohnapfel earned the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's Bulger Lowe award as the best offense player in New England, was an All-MAC First Team Selection, was an All-New England pick, was an All-ECAC selection and was named to Phil Steele's All-MAC First Team. Additionally, wide receiver Tajae Sharpe was a first-team All-MAC selection as was tight end Jean Sifrin on offense. Defensively, Jovan Santos-Knox earned All-MAC First Team accolades, while corner back Randall Jette was named to the second team and linebacker Stanley Andre was named to the third team. Of those, only Andre will be graduating this Spring.

2015 UMass Football Schedule:
Sept. 12 - at Colorado
Sept. 19 - TEMPLE
Sept. 26 - at Notre Dame
Oct. 3 - FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL

Home MAC Games (Dates TBA):
Akron
Kent State
Miami (Ohio)
Toledo

Away MAC Games (Dates TBA):
Buffalo
Bowling Green
Ball State
Eastern Michigan

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