The Youngstown State football team had a lengthy offense vs. defense session during the morning practice before working out in just helmets briefly during the afternoon session on Wednesday at Stambaugh Stadium.
After a half-hour of individual work, the offense went up against the defense for almost an hour during some unseasonably cool temperatures in the morning. Midway through the workout a brief, hard rain added some unusual circumstances to the workout.
The No. 2 offense had an outstanding drive to start the session. Quarterback Tanner Garry led a 10-play, 70-yard drive for a touchdown. Garry found wide receiver Kevin Watts for a 16-yard touchdown on a 3rd-and-7 play. Earlier in the possession, Garry found Andrew Williams for a 25-yard pickup on a 3rd-and-11 before connecting with Williams for a 19-yard gain on third-and-15.
The No. 1 defense forced a three-and-out on the first possession and then allowed one first down before stopping the top offense on its second try.
In the red-zone, Dante Nania threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Wood; Kenny Bishop picked off a Garry pass on 3rd-and-7 and the defense forced the offense to go backwards on the final two possessions.
YSU then had two overtime scenarios. The No. 1 defense kept the top offense out of the end zone when Kurt Hess's pass on fourth down fell incomplete. The No. 2 offense found the end zone on fourth down when Nania completed a six-yard touchdown pass to Williams. On the two-point play, Nania hit tight end Kintrell Disher for the conversion.
The afternoon practice lasted just over a half hour. Working out in just helmets, the Penguins spent 20-plus minutes on special teams while the No. 1 offense worked on formations and situations in the last 10 minutes of the workout.
Head Coach Eric Wolford announced that cornerback DeVon McKoy joined the team on Wednesday. McKoy spent the previous three seasons at Bowling Green. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Following 17 practices, Wolford let the team blow off a little steam by going to the Beeghly Center pool and having some of the players dive off the one and three-meter boards. Everyone had a smile on their face as some of the bigger players had fun jumping off the boards trying to splash their teammates.
The Penguins have a single practice at 10 a.m. on Thursday.