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UMass players ‘really excited’ to play at Gillette

AMHERST — “I’m really excited,” Darren Thellen said, “to be playing in front of the home crowd.”

Like everyone involved with University of Massachusetts football, the starting free safety can’t wait for Saturday’s kickoff against Indiana, because it’s the home opener of a new era. The Minutemen, in the program’s 133d season, are stepping up to the college game’s top level, the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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