Darren Thellen, the face of UMass’ upgrade to FBS football, has been named the university’s Male Athlete of the Year. From UMassAthletics.com: Thellen started all 12 games on the season and served as one of the team leaders for the squad in its first-ever year at the FBS level. Thellen set the tone for the Minutemen throughout the year and earned All-MAC Second Team from the Mid-American Conference and Third Team All-MAC by Phil Steele Magazine as a result of his strong play in the secondary. Thellen finished the year with 79 tackles – the second-most on the squad – and [...]
The University of Massachusetts continues to be a pipeline for the New York Giants. Darren Thellen, a former safety for the UMass football team, has been invited to Giants minicamp, according to multiple sources. The invitation comes on the heels of New York drafting Mike Cox in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. If both athletes make the team, they will play alongside UMass’ alumnus Victor Cruz, if he signs with the Giants. Four UMass players have either signed with or been approached by NFL teams so far, including Thellen, Cox, Nick Speller (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Stephane Milhim (Jacksonville [...]
Nine UMass seniors participated in drills on Monday at the team’s pro day event at The Dana Farber Field House next to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Fourteen NFL scouts were in attendance to get an up-close look at Michael Cox, Perry McIntyre, Stephane Milhim, Quinton Sales, Nick Speller, Darren Thellen, Deion Walker, Alan Williams, and Hafis Williams. All Photographs by Andy Heller of Heller Photography in Attleboro, MA for MaroonMusket.com.
I must admit that after Thursday’s game I wasn’t very eager to start jotting down my thoughts about the drubbing. I’m thrilled that UMass is now officially playing FBS football, but there wasn’t a lot of positives to take away from the game against UConn. Here are my biggest thoughts from the matchup: UMass’ Offense Is Not Very Good. It was painfully obvious early in the game that UMass was going to have a problem getting on the scoreboard. I sent this tweet out following Tom Brandt’s 1st quarter interception. #UMass could potentially not score in this game and still [...]