With the spring game a week away, Andrew Ford and Andy Isabella work to get new receivers up to speed.
The Minutemen finished the 2016 season with a 2-10 record, and have now dropped to 10-50 since making the leap to FBS football five years ago.
Despite making a late comeback attempt, the Minutemen fell to the Rainbow Warriors 46-40, dropping them to 2-10 on the season.
The Minutemen were down just four points early in the third quarter, but could not keep momentum in their loss to the Trojans.
Wide receiver Andy Isabella leads the Minutemen in reception yards in 2016.
Teddy Lowery, Steve Casali make impact with limited snaps from Shane Huber
The Minutemen couldn’t complete fourth quarter rally in falling to second Southeastern Conference team this season.
Ford led the Minutemen to their first win of the season behind a 278-yard, three-touchdown performance against Florida international.
The Minutemen face difficult task in first season as FBS independent with a loaded schedule featuring three teams from the Southeastern Conference.
Notebook: UMass coach Mark Whipple reflects on Florida, looks ahead to Boston College in weekly conference call
Whipple praised the play of both Andy Isabella and Ross Comis in Saturday’s game against the Gators.
In their first season as an independent, the Minutemen attempt to knock off the rust and gauge competition levels of new and returning players as the football season commences.
UMass football coach Mark Whipple announces Ross Comis as starting quarterback, transfer Andrew Ford close behind
Comis appeared in six games for the Minutemen in 2015 serving as Blake Frohnapfel’s backup.
UMass quarterback Ross Comis using spring practices as time to get acclimated to starting role, relationship with receivers
Shakur Nesmith is the lone returning Minutemen receiver that caught touchdown pass in 2015 season.
After heightened expectations and a 1-8 start to the season, the Minutemen are underachieving and there’s no one answer to the problem.
Bailey-Smith will have surgery Friday after sitting out the Minutemen’s trip to Notre Dame last weekend.
Senior wide receiver Jalen Williams was arrested for Breaking and Entering and larceny under $250.