Wednesday was a busy day at Stambaugh Stadium as both the San Francisco 49ers and Youngstown State held practices at the facility. The 49ers went first followed by YSU.
San Francisco is staying in the Youngstown area this week with consecutive games in the Eastern Time Zone. The 49ers beat Cincinnati 13-8 last Sunday and heads to Philadelphia this Sunday.
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh told the media he has been impressed with the facilities at YSU and this time has been beneficial for his team.
"It's outstanding. It's top notch in terms of the stadium, the two brand new turf fields, the indoor, the outdoor, plenty of equipment. I went over there and previewed it on Monday and Tuesday. Crowther sleds and shoots and pop-up dummies, jugs machines, great video angles, everything that we need. The weight room's fantastic, our guys had great workouts in there. Really everything we need, you guys have here. The neat thing is we've been treated like kings. That doesn't happen very often in anybody's life, but it's been really good here."
Quarterback Alex Smith, who played at Utah, said the facilities on the YSU campus are on par with what the Utes had during his college career.
"I haven't been in the indoor facility. I saw it from the outside and it looks great. I got to go over there and lift and workout and saw the athletic facilities, the stadium and the field. I was definitely impressed about it to say the least. I thought they were great facilities, definitely. We all came from college. I came from Utah, a Division-I school, and definitely comparable to that. From an NFL point, yeah absolutely, not a lot of drop-offs. Excited about that, you don't know what to expect and then you get over there and you see them and definitely pleasantly surprised."
The 49ers practiced for just over two hours and the Penguins followed with an 1:45 workout in full pads. Both teams will practice again on Thursday. The Penguins soccer team also took the field for practice capping off the day.
In between practices Coach Wolford caught up with 49ers linebacker coach Jim Leavitt. Wolford spent three seasons with the Bulls' program during the programs initial years under Leavitt.
YSU Defensive Coordinator Rick Kravitz spent 10 years serving in various capacities at USF, including defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
Harbaugh spoke highly of Wolford to the media following his teams practice.
"I've known him and known of him for a long time. Going back to when he was the offensive line coach at Illinois. I have great respect for him. I went to a clinic in Chicago, believe it was St. Regis, one of the Chicago Catholic League schools, we were there both speaking at a clinic and coach had a video that he presented, drill tape, and O-line fundamentals and techniques. I thought it was just the finest drill tape I'd ever seen. So, spent some time talking to him there and was able to get a copy of the tape. I used a lot of the drills when we were coaching at Stanford, and then followed him from there. So, he's a fabulous coach and a great guy. I really appreciate everything that they're doing for us this week."
The Penguins are off this Saturday before returning to action on Oct. 8 against South Dakota State.