Football

YSU Youth Football Camp a Hit at Stambaugh Stadium

More than 100 participants took part in the Youngstown State football program's summer Youth Football Camp at Stambaugh Stadium on a perfect Saturday.

The camp started with a greeting and introduction of the YSU staff by assistant coach Carmen Bricillo. Head Coach Eric Wolford spoke to the group before everyone broke for stretching.

Assistant Coach Rollen Smith put the campers through a series of stretching and warmup drills to get them ready for the activities. The campers broke up into groups and worked in various stations hosted by the staff.

The campers then broke into offensive positions -- wide receivers, offensive line, quarterbacks and running backs - to participate in drills specific to those positions by the staff.

Following the offensive work, the group broke into Penguin Ball, a modified version of touch football for about 30 minutes.

Then the campers broke for lunch, watched a YSU highlight video and had a tour of the football facilities. Coach Smith spoke to the youngsters about the importance of education and how to treat people the right way.

The afternoon session featured defense specific drills. Coach Rick Kravitz and Smith worked with the secondary on footwark and positioning, Coach Tom Sims worked the bags with the defensive linemen and Coach Frank J. Buffano and Coach Ron Stoops taught the linebackers proper tackling technique.

The final activity was another round of Penguin Ball.

Coach Wolford and Bricillo thanked the group of participants for coming at the end of camp. Wolford told them he looks forward to seeing them at a future YSU camp and to have productive and fun summers.

Saturday's camp concluded a busy week for YSU. The Penguins had camps Monday-Friday and will have camps on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this coming week.