Youngstown State senior quarterback Nathan Mays and junior defensive end Justus Reed were named MVFC Players of the Week following the Penguins' 21-3 win over Illinois State yesterday at Stambaugh Stadium.
Mays was the co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Indiana State's Dominique Dafney.
Mays played the final snap of the Penguins' season finale against Illinois State on Saturday. Mays came on the field less than three weeks following surgery after he suffered a career-ending injury against North Dakota State on Nov. 2. Mays left the Stambaugh Stadium turf that evening against the Bison on a golf cart. On Saturday, he put on his YSU uniform to be honored during Senior Day then sat on the bench for the next two-plus hours. With the Penguins' impressive 21-3 win over Illinois State clinched, YSU called timeout with 10 seconds left. Mays was carried to the Penguins' huddle by Myles Douglas and Matt Jones. He took a snap from Jones and with the assistance of two teammates took a knee as the clock ran out. It wasn't planned entering the game, but it happened. Mays went to Coach Pelini during the game and said if it's a possibility, can we make it happen. Coach said "yes". Mays then dressed on the sidelines and went out to finish off his career under center. The end-game scene has been shown throughout social media and on TV across the country.
Reed capped off an impressive season with six solo tackles, including a pair of sacks in the Penguins' 21-3 win over Illinois State. Reed finished the game with four tackles for losses against the Redbirds. He also forced a fumble and had a pass breakup. Reed finished the season with 13 sacks in 12 games and 19 TFLs. He ended the regular season tied for the conference lead with 13 sacks.
The Penguins finished the 2019 campaign 6-6 overall and 2-6 in MVFC play.