Know thy foe: Massachusetts

Wide receiver Shakur Nesmith is the only starting skill player returning for the Minutemen. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Wide receiver Shakur Nesmith is the only starting skill player returning for the Minutemen. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Game day: Sept. 24 at Gillette Stadium (68,756) in Foxboro.

Series: First meeting

Head coach: Mark Whipple, 55-44 in nine years at UMass, 127-77 in 19 years overall.

2015 Record: 3-9, 2-6 MAC

L at Colorado 48-14

L Temple (at Foxboro) 25-23

L at Notre Dame 62-27

W Florida International 24-14

L at Bowling Green 62-38

L Kent State 15-10

L Toledo (at Foxboro) 51-35

L at Ball State 20-10

L Akron (at Foxboro) 17-13

W at Eastern Michigan 28-17

L Miami (Ohio) 20-13

W at Buffalo 31-26

Returning starters:

Offense (4)

RG Michael Boland, 6-6, 318, Sr.

LG Fabian Hoeller, 6-3, 295, Sr.

WR Shakur Nesmith, 6-4, 206, Jr. – 15 catches, 204 yards, 3 TD

RT Elijah Wilkinson, 6-5, 329, Sr.

Defense (6)

DT Peter Angeh, 6-1, 266, Sr. – 33 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 FR

S Khary Bailey-Smith, 6-2, 203, Sr. – 21 tackles, 1 INT

LB/DB Zeke Edmonds, 6-0, 207, Jr. – 44 tackles, 1 TFL, 5 PBU

DT Sha-Ki Holines, 6-3, 257, Jr. – 34 tackles, 9 TFL, 1.5 sacks

LB Shane Huber, 6-3, 237, Jr. – 95 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 FF

S Charan Singh, 6-1, 197, So. – 45 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR

Special Teams (2)

K Logan Laurent, 6-4, 217, Jr. – 8-12 FG, long 48

P Logan Laurent, 6-4, 217, Jr. – 63 punts, 2,660 yards (42.2 avg.), long 56

2016 Schedule

Sept. 3 at Florida

Sept. 10 Boston College (in Foxboro)

Sept. 17 Florida International

Sept. 24 Mississippi State (in Foxboro)

Oct. 1 Tulane

Oct. 8 at Old Dominion

Oct. 15 Louisiana Tech (in Foxboro)

Oct. 22 at South Carolina

Oct. 29 Wagner

Nov. 5 at Troy

Nov. 19 at BYU

Nov. 26 at Hawaii

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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