COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2015

UMass puts its hopes in Blake Frohnapfel’s hands

Despite missing two games with a broken leg, UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel made first-team All-MAC last year.

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The graduate-student quarterback put up big numbers in all but one category last year: wins.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio expects a tough battle when his team takes on Maine on Saturday.

ACC NOTES

BC football opens at home against Maine

The Eagles have won their last five meetings against the Black Bears.

Siyani Chambers has been named All-Ivy three times.

Harvard loses star guard Siyani Chambers for the season

Chambers tore the ACL in his left knee this summer and will take a leave of absence.

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The NCAA’s “cost of attendance” provision is causing tremors throughout the college sports landscape.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2015

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Ohio State has a shot at back-to-back championships, but there is no shortage of challengers.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_bcfootball_sports048.jpg Chris Lindstrom flashing potential on BC offensive line

When the Eagles open the season against Maine Saturday, Lindstrom will be Harris Williams’s backup.

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After back-to-back trips to the national semifinals, New Hampshire senior QB Sean Goldrich is determined to take the next step.

BC NOTEBOOK

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Coach Steve Addazio also reported that linebacker Tim Joy will miss two games with a knee injury.

Ex-QB Elijah Robinson will help BC on the receiving end

The freshman is switching positions at a time when the Eagles’ receiving ranks have been thinned by injury.

BC running back Jon Hilliman is back for seconds

The sophomore, who had 13 touchdowns in 2014, is hungry to show that the comparisons to former BC star Andre Williams are accurate.

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Virginia Tech’s football coaches were planning to dock players some of their cost-of-attendance money for infractions.

College football

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After transferring when UAB dropped football, Brackett will be UMass’s starter when it opens its season.

BC NOTEBOOK

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Coach Steve Addazio liked a lot of what he saw, particularly on offense, with the opener approaching.

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The Eagles hope to use the diminutive Alston as an every-down player, with more targets in the passing game.