Tim Marlowe, a Youngstown native who played for YSU Head Coach Bo Pelini at Nebraska, is in his fifth season as an assistant coach. Marlowe assumed the duties as the Penguins' wide receiver coach in 2018 after spending his first three seasons on the defensive side of the ball working with the secondary.
In his first year working with the wide receivers the Penguins had a young, but talented group that had different players step up at times during the season. Four wide receivers had at least 18 catches during the year, eight started at least one game and seven caught touchdown passes. Overall, seven players made their initial YSU start and five had their first career touchdown catch.
Samuel St. Surin led the team with 21 catches while Jermiah Braswell led in yards with 325. Additionally, the nine wide receivers who caught passes set career highs in receptions and yards and three others had at least 10 receptions during the season.
In 2017, YSU's pass defense led the FCS allowing just 143.7 yards per game, a 46.7 completion percentage and only eight touchdowns. For the second time in three years the Penguins ranked No. 1 in the country in fewest passing yards allowed. YSU allowed a remarkable four pass plays of more than 37 yards for the entire season. Only twice did YSU allow more than 160 yards through the air and held the opposition to under 115 on five occasions. The Penguins surrendered just one touchdown pass in final five games of the year.
Senior cornerback Billy Nicoe Hurst was named second-team All-MVFC in his first year as a full-time starter. True freshman Bryce Gibson stepped in at the other corner spot and started all 11 games. He was named to the conference's all-newcomer squad.
A veteran group in the secondary in 2016 helped YSU reach the National Championship Game for the first time since 1999. The unit featured six seniors - LeRoy Alexander, Jameel Smith, Eric Thompson, David Rivers, Nate Dortch and Kenny Bishop. Following the season Rivers and Bishop signed NFL undrafted free-agent contracts. Rivers was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad during the 2017 campaign.
The Penguins allowed a completion percentage of 50.5 percent as opponents threw 434 passes. Strong coverage by the group helped the team record a school-record 49 sacks.
As a unit they combined for 55 pass breakups, 12 interceptions and seven sacks. Jalyn Powell returned an interception for a touchdown against South Dakota. The biggest interception of the year may have been by Hurst. In his first career start at Eastern Washington he snatched a tipped pass in the end zone stoping a late third-quarter Eagles drive to give momentum back to YSU in the semifinals victory.
Alexander was a first-team All-MVFC pick for the second consecutive year while Smith was a second-team honoree and Bishop received honorable-mention accolades. Alexander had a team-high four interceptions while Bishop led the team with 12 pass breakups.
Marlowe worked closely with punt returner Darien Townsend who was among the nation's elite returns for most of the season. Townsend's fourth-quarter punt return for touchdown helped the Penguins beat Indiana State while another long one set up the winning score against UNI.
In his first year, YSU's pass defense was one of the best in the FCS throughout the entire 2015 season. Throughout the entire season, the Guins ranked first or second nationally in fewest passing yards allowed at 116.7 per contest. That total was the least allowed by the program in a season since 1975.
Also of note for the secondary in 2015: the 41.1 completion percentage by the opposition was the lowest by an opponent since 1980 (40.6); the eight passing touchdowns were the fewest allowed since 1996 (five); the 83 pass completions allowed were the fewest since 1976 (79); the 145 first downs allowed were the fewest since 1975 (129); the Guins allowed just 7.5 receptions per contest and YSU's defense allowed just 288.7 yards per contest, the fewest since 2002 (278.5).
Only one time did YSU allow more than 176 yards passing in a game and on four occasions held an opponent to 64 or less. In back-to-back games, YSU allowed just 26 yards and three completions to Robert Morris and Saint Francis. Also just twice the opposition completed more than 11 passes in a game. Only once did the Guins allow more than one TD pass in a game.
Marlowe spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons as an offensive assistant for the Huskers after playing for the Big Red from 2008-13.
Nebraska’s offense averaged 37.8 points and 452.3 yards per contest in 2014. The Huskers averaged 240.2 yards rushing and 212.1 yards passing a contest. NU scored more than 31 points on 10 occasions. The highest ranking for the program during the season was 11th in mid-November. In 2013, Nebraska averaged 31.9points and 412.4 yards a game.
He played in 50 games in his Nebraska career while earning four letters. As a wide receiver he had 16 receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown. As a kick returner he had 36 returns for 794 yards as well as nine punt returns for 50 yards. He also had nine rushing for 91 yards.
He was a fixture on special teams each of his four seasons, and he was a regular in the receiving rotation his last three seasons.
In 2012, he played in nine games and had four receptions for54yards bouncing back from an early season injury to be a key contributor in the final eight games. His most productive campaign was in 2011 where he caught 12 passes for 113 yards, had seven rushes for 77 yards and 10 kickoff returns for 195 yards. He had a long run of 39 yards against Michigan State. He had a career-high four receptions for 44 yards, including a score against Northwestern.
In 2011, he had his best year as a kickoff returner with 13 returns for 285 yards. In 2010, Marlowe had 12 returns for 280 yards and a career-best average of 23.7 yards a return.
Marlowe earned his degree in communication studies from Nebraska in 2012.
A graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, Marlowe helped lead the Cardinals to consecutive state-championship game appearances in 2006 and 2007.
His junior year, the Cardinals had a perfect 15-0 record,defeating Plain City Jonathan Alder 26-12 in the Division IV title contest. As a senior, Cardinal Mooney finished 14-1 with its lone loss coming to Coldwater in the Division IV Championship Game. In the state title game, Marlowe rushed 17 times for 104 yards and a touchdown, completed 5-of-6 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown and made three tackles on defense.
As a senior, he ran for almost 300 yards on 42 carries and scored four touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 216 yards and three more touchdowns. On defense, he had 36 tackles, led his team in pass deflections with 32 and in interceptions with five.