Massachusetts Spring Football Notebook: Week 1
AMHERST, Mass. – The Massachusetts football program took the field for the first time in 2022, and for the first time under head coach, Don Brown.
One of the major themes of the week was the renewed energy and intensity the team brought to the pitch.
“The best part of training this week was the attention to detail, the positivity with their teammates and the ability to start practice fast, stay fast and finish fast,” Brown said. “When you do these three things, you set yourself up for good things to happen.”
On the attacking side of the ball, the Minutemen intend to establish their identity as a team that can run the game and manage the game. As the game continues to get faster, keeping the offense on the pitch will be critical to successful defense this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Marcus Bradley lived up to the expectations that were in place for its arrival this spring, while Marcus Cushnie continues to play at a high level this week. second year student, Hugo Klages also continued to play at a high level in the first week on grass.
“In defense we are young, but I’m really happy with our level of talent.” Brown said.
Offensively, there is no shock to hear that Ellis Merriweather played a pivotal role in his performance in the first week of practice, breaking a 70-yard run as usual in Saturday’s scrimmage. Adding Spring, Greg Desrosiers also had an impact on the course of the practice during the first week.
CASULA’S OFFENSE TAKES SHAPE
Offensive Coordinator, Steve Casula could see his attack take the field together for the first time this week. The main theme this week is the player’s desire to improve and excel on the pitch as the group continues to build a new offense from the ground up, although this comes with challenges, the new scheme gives want players to improve.
“Everything has to start exactly from scratch. You have to be very thorough in your teaching the fundamentals. You have to teach the details. That’s the starting point,” Casula said. “Our guys have been so keen to know the details of their position and the ground floor of the attack. It’s been really good so far.”
The Minutemen will enter the second week of training, alternately, as they anticipate the Spring 2022 game on Saturday, April 30.
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