Thursday August 21st, 2014

UMass coach Mark Whipple announced Monday that Blake Frohnapfel has been named the team's starting quarterback.

Frohnapfel, a graduate student who transferred to the Minutemen after backing up star Rakeem Cato at Marshall for two seasons, beat out junior and previous starter A.J. Doyle.

Frohnapfel has two years of eligibility remaining.

"Over the course of my career, I've been really hoping for this. I'm glad I have the chance to start my first college game," Frohnapfel told "It'll be my first start, so there's a certain pressure there. But it's something I've been excited for for a long time."

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Frohnapfel completed 35 of 45 passes for 386 yards and five touchdowns in 17 games over two seasons with the Thundering Herd.

UMass, which went 1-11 in 2013, opens the 2014 season Aug. 30 against Boston College. The Minutemen were picked to finish last in the MAC East Division in a preseason media poll.

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