Players Reap More Honors; Penguins Make Move in Both Polls

QB Kurt Hess celebrates the win over Pittsburgh.
QB Kurt Hess celebrates the win over Pittsburgh.

Several Youngstown State football players received mention by various FCS website services for their performances at Pittsburgh. The pollsters took notice as well as the Penguins are now 6th in The Sports Network and 10th in the Coaches Poll.

In The Sports Network Top 25, YSU moves up from 13th to sixth on the heels of its 31-17 win over Pittsburgh. Youngstown State received seven first-place votes, the third most of any team in the country. Overall, the Guins tallied 2,988 total points. This week's poll has three Missouri Valley Football Conference school's in the top eight.

In the Coaches Poll, YSU moved up from 18th to 10th as the biggest mover of the week. The Penguins garnered 407 total points.

Youngstown State redshirt freshman wide receiver Andre Stubbs continued to haul in recognition on Monday for his performance in the Penguins' 31-17 victory at Pittsburgh.

He shared The Sports Network's honor as National Freshman of the Week with UNI quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen.

Besides being named the Missouri Valley Football Conference's Offensive Player of the Week, Stubbs was named one of five National All-Stars by The College Sporting News and tabbed the National Offensive Player of the Week/MVFC Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

Cornerback Dale Peterman, who was seeing the first YSU action of his career and first game action since the fall of 2010, was named the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. After film review, Peterman had 10 tackles and forced a key first quarter fumble when he knocked the ball free from Pittsburgh's Ray Graham. YSU took advantage of the turnover marching 79 yards for the first score of the game and did not trail in the contest.

Senior tight end Will Shaw was named the National Tight End of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards website. Junior quarterback Kurt Hess was an honorable-mention pick for the same outlet for the top performance by an FCS quarterback.

The Penguins (1-0) play their home opener this Saturday against Valparaiso. Kickoff at Stambaugh Stadium is set for 4 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (330) 941-1978.