Penguins Put on Full Pads For First Time This Spring

YSU defense goes through drills.
YSU defense goes through drills.

The Youngstown State football team was in full pads on Thursday afternoon for the first time during spring drills. YSU worked out for two-and-a-half hours on a cool, and sometimes wet, afternoon at Stambaugh Stadium.

It was the third practice this spring for the Penguins. Through three workouts, YSU has worked to get all four quarterbacks - Dante Nania, Nick Wargo, Tanner Garry and Ricky Davis - similar reps with both the first and second units.

The defense impressed Head Coach Eric Wolford on Thursday afternoon with the effort and overall improvement. One highlight of the workout was tailback-turned cornerback Ian Banks-Tillman putting a stick on wide receiver Jelani Berassa. Linebacker Kevon Caffey made a great break on a ball to deflect a pass, but drew the ire of his teammates that he did not make the interception for a would-be pick-six.

Tailbacks Jody Webb and Martin Ruiz have been solid so far in workouts behind an offensive line that features three first-time starters. For the first time in awhile the defensive line enters a spring with more experience than the offensive front.

The Penguins went through individual drills, nine-on-seven, seven-on-seven and team drills during the workout. The Guins closed the day with the top offensive unit going against the top defense and the second-team offense vs. the second-team defense in a mini three-play series. 

YSU is set to resume workouts in full pads on Saturday morning.