Youngstown State punt returner Jake Coates and tailback Joe Alessi were named Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week for their performances in the Penguins 45-10 win over Robert Morris.
Alessi rushed for 146 yards on 14 carries and scored a touchdown in the Penguins' 45-10 victory over Robert Morris. Alessi scored on a run of 43 yards in the third quarter, one play following a YSU interception. It was Alessi's second career 100-yard game and first since November 2016 at Missouri State.
Coates set a school record with 133 yards in punt returns on five attempts and had his first return for a touchdown in the Penguins' 45-10 vs. Robert Morris. Coates returned a punt 63 yards for a score in the second quarter to give the Guins a 28-10 lead. It was YSU's first punt return for a score since 2016 vs. Indiana State. He also had a 33 and 23-yard return in the game. He broke the previous mark of 127 set by Robert Thompson in 1982.
UNI's Chris Kolarevic and Will McElvain were named the Defensive Player and the Newcomer of the Week.
The Penguins visit the Panthers this Saturday in Cedar Falls. Kickoff at the UNI Dome is set for 5 p.m. Eastern Time.