Football Holds Media Day, First Fall Practice Saturday Afternoon

The Penguins lineup during Saturday's practice. Photo by Ron Stevens
The Penguins lineup during Saturday's practice. Photo by Ron Stevens

Head Coach Eric Wolford - Post Practice Video

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The Youngstown State football team had its first practice of the fall on Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. The Penguins worked out for more than two hours in helmets to get their camp underway.

Head Coach Eric Wolford was pleased with the team's effort and enthusiasm on a hot and humid afternoon.

"I thought the kids came out with a good spirit and worked hard," Wolford said. "I saw some good things and it was good to see guys competing." 

Although not wearing pads, Wolford was impressed with the physical conditioning of the squad and the leadership of several of the upperclassmen stood out.

Wolford said sophomore quarterback Kurt Hess and junior tailback Jamaine Cook leadership was evident, and he like the way sophomore Jordan Thompson ran the ball. 

Senior quarterback Marc Kanetsky made several good reads and that the secondary made some impressive plays. 

The Penguins held their annual Media Day earlier on Saturday in the WATTS. More than 85 players talked to the local news media about their anticipation of the upcoming campaign and poised for photos.

YSU opens the season on Friday, Sept. 2 at Michigan State. The contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network and carried on 570 WKBN AM.

Season and Individual Game Tickets for the 2011 season are now on sale through the YSU Athletic Ticket Office. For ticket information contact the YSU Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978.

Number Changes of Note from 2010
Josh Garner moved from 21 to 1
Andre Barboza moved from 83 to 1
Adaris Bellamy moved from 5 to 9
David Rogers moved from 80 to 13
Daniel Stewart moved from 39 to 19
Kyle Sirl moved from 87 to 33
Nate Adams moved from 42 to 44

Next 10 Practice Days
Sunday, August 7 – 4 p.m.
Monday, August 8 – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, August 9 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10 – 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 11 – 4 p.m.
Friday, August 12 – 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 13 – 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 14 -- OFF
Monday, August 15 – 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16 – 10 a.m.