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After coming off an average 7-5 season, UMass is looking to start the 2009 season with a clean slate. They will be opening the season with a new starting quarterback and a new Head Coach.
Although the Minutemen have a talented team, it could be an inconsistent year on both sides of the ball. We don’t know who will be the signal caller for UMass and how they will handle their first season as a starter. The experience of Tony Nelson and the receiving corps should help out a bit. Whoever will be the signal caller will receive plenty of protection up front with the very talented and experienced offensive line.
On defense, the question will be the secondary where they are inexperienced and lack depth on the corners. Overall, UMass will play well, but won’t win the CAA and, unless they can steal a few tough games at home (UNH and JMU in particular), I see the Minutemen falling on the bubble of making the FCS playoffs.