The sounds of football season filled the air for the first time in months at McGuirk Stadium at UMass, Amherst.
The Minutemen held their first preseason camp practice on Monday afternoon as they head into the season.
The team faced an uphill battle since transitioning to becoming bowl eligible, playing their home games at Gillette Stadium the past two years.
Now as they return to the field, Head Coach Mark Whipple says he and the players are working together to turn this season around.
"It got a little hot and we pushed them through it. And I thought there was a lot more leadership than maybe we saw in the spring. And I thought there was a little more team bonding which is what you're looking for now," Whipple said.
The Minutemen will be facing off against Boston College at Gillette Stadium on Sat., Aug. 30.
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