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UPDATED: Banged-up UMass QB Tyler Lytle Expected to Miss Saturday’s Game

NCAA Football: Massachusetts at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Update, 9/10 at 9:30 PM: Per Pete Thamel on Twitter, Lytle will be out on Saturday. Brady Olson, a freshman, is expected to start at QB for UMass.

UMass Minutemen starting quarterback Tyler Lytle is a “game time choice” after missing practice midweek, according to the Hampshire Gazette’s interview with UMass coach Walt Bell.

Lytle was “banged up” after being hit 10 times in the opener against Pitt, per the Gazette, and Bell said he would be a game time decision.

Lytle had an inauspicious UMass debut, going 14-for-31 for 167 yards, but he’s got a strong pedigree as a former 3-star recruit and veteran transfer from Colorado; he’s considered a key cog in Walt Bell’s efforts to inject some offense into the Minutemen this season.

Lytle is one of a few UMass players battling injuries after week 1. Bell described cornerback Bryson Richardson as “doubtful” after he left the PItt game with an injury. Starting left guard Reggie Marks III is questionable; he missed the Pitt game but was at Wednesday’s practice.

BC plays UMass on Saturday at 3:30 PM on NESN+.