First Day in Pads Goes Well As Spring Football Moves Forward

YSU Spring Football
YSU Spring Football

The Youngstown State football team spent a solid two-and-a-half hours in full pads on an overcast Saturday morning at Stambaugh Stadium. The offense made some big plays while the defense stepped up to make Saturday's workout a success.

Everyone at Saturday's workout had solid intensity and that could set the tone for the rest of the spring. Head Coach Eric Wolford said he hopes the Penguins maintain that high-level over the next 12 practices.

"On the first day in pads you get to find out who is a combine guy and who is really a football player," Wolford said. "You'll evaluate it and get back in pads on Monday. You're going to be a little bit sore. This is a big boys' game. We'll see who wants to bang it around in there on Monday and see who wants to bang it around again on Wednesday. We will tee it up for a big day on Saturday. It's a mentality thing."

Wolford said the coaches will watch for pad level on film, but overall was encouraged by what he saw on Saturday.

At the end of the workout, the first-team offense was held in check by the defense on a short-yardage situation while the second-team offense was able to pick up a first down.

From here on out, Wolford said the Penguins will continue to focus on improving. While the first day went well, he said he hops that continues later in the week and throughout camp.

The Penguins will be in full pads on Monday afternoon for practice. The workout is set for 4 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium.

Season tickets for the 2012 season are on sale now by calling the YSU Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978. YSU plays host to Valparaiso, Albany, Southern Illinois, South Dakota, Indiana State and UNI this fall.



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