UMass football: Ross Comis named starting QB

The UMass Minutemen are going into the 2016 season as an independent team in the FBS and they have some pretty big opponents on their schedule. They will open the season against the Florida Gators and Ross Comis will lead them into battle as the starting quarterback.

The team announced Comis as the starter Wednesday afternoon after a summer-long battle against former Virginia Tech quarterback Andrew Ford.

Head coach Mark Whipple talked about Comis being in the position for the season opener in Gainesville.

Everybody knows that he’s going to start the game,” Whipple said of the redshirt sophomore passer. “And finish it, unless we don’t block for him.”

As a redshirt freshman in 2015, Ross Comis went 15-21 for 171 yards and two touchdowns in five games backing up Blake Frohnapfel. It certainly seems like he is going to have a big year for the Minutemen this year and he will have to.

UMass plays three separate SEC teams this season. Including the season opener at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Sept. 3, the Minutemen host the Mississippi State at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL’s New England Patriots, on Sept. 24 and travel to Columbia, South Carolina to play the South Carolina Gamecocks on Oct. 22.

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