Penguins Ranked 21st In Preseason FCS Coaches Poll

Donald D'Alesio
Donald D'Alesio

The Youngstown State football team cracked the preseason top 25 by being ranked 21st in the FCS Coaches Poll which was released on Monday afternoon.

The Penguins are coming off a strong 8-4 campaign is one of four Missouri Valley Football Conference teams in the top 21. North Dakota State is ranked first, South Dakota State is 10th and UNI is 15. Southern Illinois sits right outside the top 25 at No. 27.

YSU held its fourth practice of the fall on Monday afternoon at Stambaugh Stadium. A perfect day made for a strong session by offense, defense and special teams. The Penguins worked on a variety of special teams situations throughout the day.

To cap the workout, quarterbacks Dante Nania, Ricky Davis and Hunter Wells teamed up to march the offense down the field for a touchdown during the two-minute drill. Wells capped off the drive with a three-yard run in the final seconds. 

Wells was hot during the 7-on-7 portion of the workout and all three quarterbacks took turns working with the top offense in the team session.

The Penguins don full pads for the first time this fall on Tuesday. The workout is set for 4 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium.

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