UMass flying high six weeks before season

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When Charley Molnar walks around downtown Boston, he is invariably stopped by someone who recognizes him.

That no longer surprises the New Jersey native, entering his second season as the UMass football coach.

What is shocking? Topics fans want to discuss.

“Not only do they know our players, but they even know the names of guys we are targeting as recruits,” Molnar said. “It wasn’t like that before. And that speaks to where we’re at right now. People are excited about our program. They want to talk about our program.”

Two seven-figure donations, three high-profile transfers, and a few preseason accolades tend to have that effect.

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