Four Penguins Garner Preseason All-MVFC Honors

Punter Mark Schuler
Mark Schuler

The Youngstown State football team had four players tabbed preseason All-Missouri Valley Football Conference, the league announced on Monday. Offensive Tackle Justin Spencer, center Vitas Hrynkiewicz, linebacker Armand Dellovade and punter Mark Schuler all received preseason accolades.

Spencer, Schuler and Dellovade all earned all-conference honors in 2016 while Hrynkiewicz was an all-newcomer team member - as was Schuler.

Spencer has started all 39 games in his YSU career. He was a second-team All-MVFC selection in 2016 after earning an honorable-mention nod as a sophomore in 2015. 

Hrynkiewicz started all 16 games at center last season in his first year with the program. 

Last season, YSU's offense averaged 242.7 yards rushing and 422.9 yards of total offense per game. The Penguins' rushing average was the most in a season since 2001 and was the second-highest average in last 26 seasons. YSU caught fire in the playoffs scoring 30 points or more in four of the five postseason games.

Representing the defense was Dellovade, who was a second-team all-league performer in 2016. Dellovade was credited with 105 total tackles, including 70 solo stops a year ago. He recorded the most tackles and solo stops by a Penguin since 2006 and was just the third player with 70-plus solo tackles since 2001.

Schuler had an outstanding redshirt freshman campaign and earned second-team all-league honors. He averaged 42.5 yards per kick while drilling 16 punts of more than 50 yards. His season average was a school-record for a freshman and ranked second in school history for season average. In MVFC games, he averaged 45.5 yards a kick on 31 attempts.

The preseason team predictions will be announced on Tuesday morning by the MVFC.

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