The Youngstown State football team held an hour-and-15 minute practice followed by a 45-minute scrimmage on Saturday morning at Stambaugh Stadium. The workout marked the mid-point of the fall camp and is three three weeks from the Penguins's season opener at Pittsburgh.
During the first portion of the practice, YSU worked on individual, special teams, short yardage and seven-on-seven drills.
The scrimmage featured some good performances by both the offense and the defense.
On the first drive, the offense marched to the one-yard line as Hunter Wells found Alvin Bailey on a 29-yard pass down to the one-yard line. But the defense stiffened stopping the offense on three straight runs up the middle forcing a field-goal attempt.
The defense seized the momentum and forced three straight three-and-out series. The second offensive unit was able to find the end zone two series' later with all 75 yards coming on the ground from Nathan Mays, Christian Turner and Devon McNutt. Turner had two carries for seven yards, McNutt had 21 yards on four rushes and Mays accounted for the rest, including a 17-yard scoring scamper.
The first-team offense used a 28-yard pass from Wells to Damoun Patterson to jump start a drive. Turner followed with three rushes for 16 yards before the drive stalled before Zak Kennedy came on and drilled a 45-yard field goal.
Joe Alessi had the biggest play of the scrimmage for the offense. On a third-and-one from the 34-yard line, Alessi found some daylight and scored on a 66-yard run.
In the scrimmage, Turner had nine carries for 67 yards while Alessi had three for 73 yards and McNutt had 13 totes for 68 yards. Mays also had eight rushed for 34 yards, which included three touch sacks.
Wells was 10-of-14 for 121 yards and Mays completed three passes for 28 yards. Patterson led the receivers with four catches for 70 yards.
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