Whipple 2.0 kicks off at UMass

Monday was a big day in Amherst, as the Minutemen hit the field for the first training camp practice of coach Mark Whipple’s second go-round as UMass coach.

The new (old) coach tweeted a picture of the day’s preparation:

And later the official UMass football Twitter account provided proof of the plans in action:

The Minutemen also got some encouragement from a famous alum, new Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Rob Blanchflower (a seventh-round NFL draft pick). The pride of Leominster, Massachusetts, sees big things coming for his former teammates:

There are 26 days until the season kicks off against Boston College at Gillette Stadium.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.