Spring Football Practice Gets Underway on Wednesday

Jamaine Cook
Jamaine Cook

The Youngstown State football team opens spring drills on Wednesday, March 21 at Stambaugh Stadium. The Penguins will hold 15 practices, highlighted by scrimmages on March 31 and April 7 with the 40th annual Red-White Spring Game set for Friday, April 13.

The Penguins finished the 2011 campaign with a 6-5 overall mark and 4-4 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Highlighting the year was a 27-24 win at top-ranked North Dakota State in November. The Bison went on to win the FCS National Championship with its lone loss coming at the hands of the Penguins.

Entering the first workout of the spring, YSU returns 45 letterwinners from last year's squad. Also 14 redshirts will be looking to show what they can do this spring. The Penguins have 15 seniors on the roster as practice begins. In 2011, the Guins played a total 21 true, redshirt and transfer freshmen.

Seniors on the 2012 include: FS Jeremey Edwards, TE Will Shaw, PK David Brown, CB Deionte Williams, SS Sir Aaron Taylor, TB Jamaine Cook, DE Chuck Lengyel, DT Nick DeKraker, DT Aronde Stanton, OG Lamar Mady, C Mark Pratt, OT D.J. Main, DE Luis Quinones, OT Andrew Radakovich and DE Josh Fenderson.

In 2011, the Penguins set 19 team game and season school marks. YSU was the only FCS team in the country to rush for more than 2,500 yards and pass for more than 2,500 yards in the regular season, averaging a school-record 458.6 total offensive yards per game.

Youngstown State set a school record averaging 36.2 points per game while the 27 passing touchdowns eclipsed the previous mark of 22 set in 1994.

All practices and scrimmages are open. However, if inclement weather occurs workouts may be moved to the WATTS.

SPRING EVENTS

Friday, March 30 – 3rd Annual Women's Football Clinic - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11 – Bob Dove Spring Game Luncheon, Noon

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 21 – Practice 4-6:15 p.m.
Friday, March 23 – Practice 4-6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 – Practice 10:15 a.m. p.m.
Monday, March 26 – Practice 4-6:20 p.m.
Wednesday, March 28 – Practice 4-6:20 p.m.
Friday, March 30 – Practice 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 – 10:55 a.m. (Scrimmage)
Monday, April 2 – Practice 4:15-6:25 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4 – Practice 4-6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 6 – Practice 4-5:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 7 – 10:30 a.m. (Scrimmage)
Monday, April 9 – Practice 4-6:35 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11 – Practice 4-5:35 p.m.
Friday, April 13 –40th Annual Red-White Spring Game – 7:30 p.m.

All practices are scheduled for Stambaugh Stadium.