Head Coach Eric Wolford Among Eddie Robinson Award Nominees

Head Coach Eric Wolford
Head Coach Eric Wolford

Youngstown State Head Football Coach Eric Wolford is among 21 finalists for the 2013 Eddie Robinson Award, which honors the top FCS Head Coach the Sports Network announced.

This year has featured many accomplishments so far and with a win on Saturday over South Dakota State, the Penguins most likely will reach the FCS playoffs for the first time since 2006.

YSU opened Missouri Valley Football Conference play with a 5-0 record for the first time in school history. Coupled with winning their final three league games last year, the streak of eight consecutive conference wins was a school record.

On the road in the top-rated conference in the FCS, the Guins were 3-1 with wins at Southern Illinois, South Dakota and Indiana State. The wins at SIU and USD featured dramatic fourth-quarter rallies by the Penguins. It is the first time since 1999 that the Guins used fourth-quarter rallies to win twice on the road in the same season.

The 8-1 overall start to the campaign was the best for the program since 2000. The eight overall wins are the most since 2006 and so are the eight Division-I victories.

The Penguins have tied a school record with three 50-plus point performances. The Guins scored 67 against Morehead State and 59 in wins over Illinois State and Duquesne. The only other YSU team to score more than 50-plus three times in a campaign was in 1994.

Voting will reflect only regular-season results and will be conducted by a national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries. The winner will be announced at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation to be held Dec. 16 in Philadelphia.

Wolford is also in the running for the Liberty Mutual Coach-of-the-Year Award.