The Youngstown State football team opened their fall practice session with a solid workout at Stambaugh Stadium on Friday afternoon. YSU worked out for two hours in helmets as more than 90 players are in camp.
YSU spent time on invididual drills and team situations during the workout. The defense had a strong performance on the first day with five interceptions at various portions of the workout.
Junior QB Dante Nania started the workout with the top offensive unit. On the first play of the team period, sophomore TB Martin Ruiz burst up the middle for a big gain. Redshirt freshman QB Ricky Davis found a rhythm completing passes to Andrew Williams, Jody Webb and Andre Stubbs. Newcomer Kenneth Durden intercepted a Tanner Garry toss early in the team session on a nice break towards the sidelines.
Veteran cornerback Julius Childs had a breakup of a Nania toss before the junior found Williams along the sidelines later in the drive to move the ball. Newcomer TB Raekown Washington had a nice run near the end of the practice.
Also in the team period, defensive back David Rivers returned a Hunter Wells interception for a touchdown. Rivers was not a part of the roster in the spring, but has returned to the program this fall.
YSU returns to practice on Saturday at 4 o'clock in Stambaugh Stadium.
Penguin Club memberships and season-ticket packages are still available to support the team. For information on Penguin Club memberships contact Tom Morella at firstname.lastname@example.org and for details on season-ticket packages call the Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978.