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YSU Penguin Athletics / McLaughlin Named MVFC Offensive Player of the Year
« on: November 29, 2022, 08:55:43 AM »
Youngstown State running back Jaleel McLaughlin was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference's Offensive Player of the Year, the conference announced on Monday afternoon.

McLaughlin becomes the first Penguin to be named the MVFC's Offensive Player of the Year since 2006 and just the third overall since YSU joined the conference in 1997. He joins fellow YSU decorated running backs Marcus Mason (2006) and PJ Mays (2001) in being named the league's top offensive performer.

McLaughlin becomes the first running back to be named the league' top offensive player since 2015 (Illinois State's Marshaun Coprich). Quarterbacks have been the top pick each of the past six years. Three of the last seven running backs to earn the award since 2001 came from YSU.

A 2021 first-team All-MVFC and third-team All-America selection, McLaughlin finished posted even more impressive numbers during his final campaign at YSU. In 2022, he rushed for 1,588 yards on 227 carries and scored 13 touchdowns. Against strong MVFC competition, he had 1,220 yards on 184 attempts and nine scores while averaging 152.5 yards in eight league games. He rushed for more than 200 yards on four occasions and had eight 100-yard plus games this past fall.

In his five-year NCAA career, which includes two years at Notre Dame (Ohio) prior to coming to YSU, he rushed for an NCAA all-division record of 8,166 yards on 1,250 carries while scoring 79 touchdowns. In his three seasons as a Penguin, he rushed for 3,418 yards on 535 attempts and had 30 touchdowns.

McLaughlin is also among 30 finalists for the 2022 Walter Payton Award which is which is annually presented to the national offensive player of the year in the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision.

Youngstown State had eight players earn All-Missouri Valley Football Conference recognition for their efforts during the 2022 campaign, the league announced on Monday. Highlighting the list were first-team selections running back Jaleel McLaughlin and wide receiver Bryce Oliver.

McLaughlin ends his career as a three-time All-MVFC pick and was a two-time first team pick each of the past two falls. This year he was named the MVFC's Offensive Player of the Year, a first for YSU player since 2006. Oliver is the first YSU wide receiver to be named to the first team since 2010 and just the third overall since the Guins joined the league in 1997. Oliver joins Dominique Barnes (2010) and Ferlando Williams (2007) as the only wide receivers in school history to earn first-team All-MVFC recognition.

Earning second-team accolades were defensive end Dylan Wudke, center Mike McAllister and place kicker Colt McFadden. McFadden was an honorable-mention selection last year and is just the third YSU placekicker to earn first or second-team status since 2008. Wudke and McAllister are first time all-conference selections.

Earning honorable-mention laurels were offensive tackle Jaison Williams, defensive end James Jackson and defensive tackle Chris Fitzgerald. Williams earned honorable-mention All-MVFC honors in 2021 as well.

First-Team Selections

#0 WR Bryce Oliver
For the season, caught 59 passes for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns…it's the most receiving touchdowns by a Penguin since 1983…has 18 touchdown receptions in his career tying a school record at the YSU level…in MVFC games, had 47 receptions for 660 yards and eight touchdowns…set a school record with 12 receptions against Southern Illinois…had six-or-more catches in five games…had a TD in six of eight league games.

#8 RB Jaleel McLaughlin
2022 MVFC Offensive Player of the 11 games, rushed for 1,588 yards on 227 carries and scored 13 touchdowns…in MVFC games, had 1,220 yards on 184 attempts and nine scores…averaged an impressive 152.5 yards in league play…scored touchdowns in eight of 11 games…in MVFC play, had two touchdowns against Indiana State, South Dakota and Southern Illinois…rushed for 6.6 yards per attempt….caught 19 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns...had four 200-yard plus efforts and eight 100-yard games…became the NCAA's all-time leading rusher during the season.

Second-Team Selections

#76 OL Mike McAllister
Started 11 games at center…graded out as one of YSU's top offensive linemen during the year…played every snap in seven games…helped block for Jaleel McLaughlin who averaged 144.4 yards per game…worked with two quarterbacks during the year as Mitch Davidson and Demeatric Crenshaw each started.

#19 PK Colt McFadden
Made 16-of-22 field-goal attempts (72.7 percent) and was 32-of-32 on PAT tries…the last three games YSU played in featured consistent 20-plus mph winds…in MVFC games, was 15-of-19 (78.9 percent)…made a 42-yard field goal at the buzzer to win at Western Illinois…kicked a career-long 52-yarder against South Dakota, the longest by YSU since 2003…made three field goals against Missouri State and North Dakota…made at least two field goals in six games…as kickoff specialists had 61 kickoffs with 26 touchbacks.

#17 DE Dylan Wudke
Started all 11 games at defensive end…finished third on the team with 43 total tackles, including 23 solo stops…had 12 TFLs and five sacks…in MVFC play, had 30 tackles…had a high of eight at Illinois State…against South Dakota, had five tackles, including two sacks to be named the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week…had a TFL in eight contests.

Honorable-Mention Selections

#8 DE James Jackson
Started all 11 games at defensive end…posted 17 total tackles, including 10 solo stops on the season…in MVFC games had 13 tackles…posted a season-high four stops vs. North Dakota…had three sacks against Indiana State.

#9 DT Chris Fitzgerald
Started all 11 games along the defensive line…credited with 36 total tackles, including 19 solo stops…had 6.5 TFLs and two sacks…in MVFC has 34 tackles…had a season-high seven stops at North Dakota State…credited with five tackles against Western Illinois and Illinois State.

#54 OL Jaison Williams
Started 10 games at right tackle…graded out as YSU's top offensive lineman during the year…played every snap in five games…helped block for Jaleel McLaughlin who averaged 144.4 yards per game.

YSU Penguin Athletics / ILS Week
« on: November 01, 2022, 01:43:48 PM »
ILS had played well against both NDSU and especially UNI. In like opponents they have played close games as well.

-They are a heavier pa$$ing team, but the defense seems balanced.
-They really pa$$ in the red zone, which scares me.  Their opponents are average 82% TD in the red-zone. We can score on these guys if we can move the ball down field.
_they average on INT (made) per game.
-They are converting on only 47% of their 3rd-down, but hold opposition to 39% (impressive). They are giving up over75% of their opponents 4th-downs. We should look to keep the ball a bit more this week.
- They have 6 rushers that seen action every game this season (one of those is the QB).
 A weakness of ours.
-Carr is their all-around player on offense, but interestingly, they have 13 different players that have scored at least one TD. This combined with the number of back again scares me. Both White and Wright can catch out of the backfield.
- Vandenburgh has had 8 sacks and 12 TFL's in 7 games. Looks mean.

In conference play, they rank 8th in offense, but 3rd in defense. Guins are 2nd in offense and 5th on defense.
Wenkers is their top rusher at 409 yards, but again the have depth. Of course nobody touches Jaleel.

This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week are QB Nic Baker of Southern Illinois; DE Dylan Wudke of Youngstown State; PK Jose Pizano of Missouri State; and WR Desmond Hutson of UNI.

Offensive Player of the Week
QB Nic Baker, Southern Illinois
5-9, 204, Jr., Rochester, Ill. (Rochester)
Baker completed 34-of-48 passes for a school-record 485 yards and three touchdowns in a game which featured two of the league's most prolific quarterbacks.  Baker also rushed five times for 22 yards and led a comeback from an 11-point deficit, in which the Salukis briefly regained the lead, but fell just shy of victory versus Northern Iowa, 37-36.  Baker's 507 yards of total offense are tied for the 7th-most in the league's 38-year history and are the third-most in a league game.  His 485 passing yards are the 5th-best in Conference history and are the second-highest in a league game. His passing-yard total was the most in the FCS last Saturday and is the third-highest FCS single-game output in 2022. His total offense figure (507) is only two yards shy of the FCS single-game high this season.

Defensive Player of the Week
DE Dylan Wudke, Youngstown State
6-4, 251, So., Miamisburg, Ohio (Miamisburg)
Wudke had two sacks, five solo tackles and a forced fumble in the Penguins dominate 45-24 win over South Dakota on Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. His sack-fumble in the second quarter led to a touchdown in the final minute of the first half to put the game away.

Special Teams Player of the Week
PK Jose Pizano, Missouri State
5-7, 215, Jr., Lehi, Utah (Lehi High/Snow College)
Pizano broke a Missouri State school record for points by a kicker by accounting for 16 points in the Bears win over Western Illinois on Saturday. He was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts (matching a career high) with kicks of 22, 39 and 25 yards. He was also a perfect 7-of-7 on extra points while extending his school-record streak of successful PAT's to 63 in a row. The All-America specialist also averaged 62.3 yards on six kickoff attempts, helping MSU hold the Leathernecks to an average starting field position of their own 27 for the game.

Newcomer of the Week
WR Desmond Hutson, UNI
6-3, 215, Fr., Raytown, Mo. (Raytown High/Iowa)
Hutson may have only caught two passes for the Panthers’ in their 37-36 win over No. 20 Southern Illinois, but both receptions played a critical role in UNI’s late comeback win on Saturday in Carbondale. Hutson caught 2 of QB Theo Day’s career-high 5 touchdown passes, including the game-winning score with 5:55 to play to give the Panthers a one-point lead. Hutson ranks second on the UNI roster with four total receiving TDs this season, which is 7th in the MVFC.


QB Theo Day, UNI -- Day recorded a highlight reel performance with a career-high 5 passing touchdowns and 330 passing yards in UNI’s thrilling 37-36 win at No. 20 Southern Illinois. Day is the first UNI quarterback to throw 5 touchdowns in a single game since at least 2005, one shy of tying the program’s all-time single game record. The Canton, Mich. native connected with 4 different receivers on his 5 scoring opportunities, including the ultimate game-winning score on a 5-yard pass to Desmond Hutson with just under 6 minutes to play. The 330-yard passing performance is his third of the season and fourth of his career. The Michigan State transfer in his second season at UNI completed a career-best 84.4% of his pass attempts going 27-for-32.

QB Mitch Davidson, Youngstown State -- Davidson accounted for four touchdowns as the he quarterbacked YSU to its third straight win beating South Dakota, 45-24 on Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. Davison completed 14-of-21 passes for a career-high 242 yards and a career-best three touchdowns while rushing for a touchdown. Davidson had touchdown passes of six, 19 and 42 yards and added a score on a one-yard run. He engineered six first-half scoring drives as YSU took control and never looked back in the second half.

QB Jason Shelley, Missouri State -- Shelley passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another to lead Missouri State to its highest point total in 30 years in Saturday's win over Western Illinois. Shelley engineered scoring drives on all eight possessions he played, racking up 346 yards of total offense and completing 17-of-22 passes (77.3 completion percentage) for 311 yards. It marked his sixth 300-yard passing game at Missouri State and the 17th game of 200 or more passing yards with the Bears (20 games). His three TD passes against the Leathernecks moved Shelley into a tie for second place on MSU's career TD pass list (38). He also eclipsed 7,000 career passing yards (all schools) while pushing MSU over 500 yards of total offense for the first time this season.

QB Mark Gronowski, South Dakota State -- Gronowski completed 22-of-28 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns to lead a balanced Jackrabbit offense in a 49-7 victory over Indiana State on Oct. 29. He connected with eight different receivers, including throwing touchdown passes to Jadon Janke (11 yards), Mike Morgan (2 yards) and Tucker Kraft (21 yards). Gronowski also scored on a 2-yard run as the Jackrabbit first-team offense scored touchdowns on all seven of its drives.
RB Tyler Hoosman, North Dakota - In the 34-31 win over Abilene Christian, Tyler Hoosman was involved in five rushing plays on the final drive, gaining 30 yards in that drive alone to help UND milk the last 7:48 of clock. In the game, he finished as the top rusher, piling up 112 yards on 20 carries to go with two scores. It marked the fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career. With his two rushing touchdowns, Hoosman is now tied for No. 5 on UND’s Division I list for single-season touchdowns, tying himself with Brady Oliveira (2016) with 10.

QB Cam Miller, North Dakota State -- Miller completed 20 of a career-high 30 passing attempts for 174 yards with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown in North Dakota State’s 24-7 home win over Illinois State. Nine different receivers caught passes and Miller has connected with at least seven different players in each of NDSU’s last four games. He is 71-for-97 (73%) over the last four contests and ranks fifth in FCS with a conference-best 69.8 completion percentage.

LB Logan Kopp, North Dakota State -- Kopp made his first career start in North Dakota State’s 24-7 home win over Illinois State replacing injured NDSU starter James Kaczor. Kopp tied a career high with seven total tackles including five solo stops, one on kickoff coverage, and one tackle for loss while helping the Bison limit Illinois State to 45 yards in the second half.

DB Malachi Buckner, North Dakota -- Buckner, a transfer from Gardner-Webb, picked off the Wildcats and returned it for 16 yards, giving UND the ball deep in ACU territory, which eventually led to a touchdown to put the Fighting Hawks up 34-24 early in the fourth quarter. UND won the game 34-31. Both Kadon Kauppinen and Buckner picked off Abilene Christian to help North Dakota finish +2.0 in turnovers. It was the first time UND has forced a turnover since playing Northern Arizona on Sept. 17 (W, 27-24).

LB Jason Freeman, South Dakota State -- Freeman tallied a game-high 10 tackles and was credited with a quarterback hurry to pace a South Dakota State defense that turned in another strong performance in a 49-7 victory over Indiana State on Oct. 29. Freeman’s 10 tackles also marked a season high. 

CB Jamal McMurrin, Missouri State -- In his first career start, the former Washington State product posted his first career interception in Missouri State's historic homecoming win over Western Illinois on Saturday. McMurrin was instrumental in the Bears' breakthrough defensive performance that surrendered just 229 total yards on the day. McMurrin's second-quarter pick (and 29-yard return) set up a Bears touchdown two plays later and helped MSU take a 45-7 lead into the half. It was the most points the Bears have scored in an opening half since 1992. McMurrin also racked up three pass break-ups in the game -- the most by any MSU player this season -- and four passes defended.

PK Colt McFadden, Youngstown State -- McFadden continued his stellar play with the longest field goal by an MVFC kicker this year drilling a 52-yard boot in the first quarter. It was a career long kick for McFadden, the sixth-longest made field goal in school history and the longest by a YSU kicker since Nick Terracina made a school-record 56-yard try in September 2003. He added six extra points for nine in the contest. McFadden has three of the longest six made field goals in the league this year. He earned player of the week honors after making a chip-shot 42-yard game winner last week at WIU.

P Jack Beulke, Western Illinois -- Beulke had four punts with an average of 36.3 yards, with a long of 41. He also threw a touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt, hitting Nathan Karsjens on an eight-yard toss.

PK Matthew Cook, UNI -- Cook’s four made PATs and lone field goal helped play a major role in UNI’s one-point victory over No. 20 Southern Illinois. Cook etched his name into the history books with a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter to tie the UNI and MVFC all-time record for career makes, his league-best 11th made field goal of the season. He also remained perfect on his career going 4-for-4 on PAT attempts, giving him 113 made kicks in his four seasons as a Panther.

WR Bryce Miller, Southern Illinois -- South Florida transfer WR Bryce Miller had a career-high seven catches for 91 yards versus Northern Iowa and was a key part of an SIU passing attack that generated a school-record 485 passing yards.

YSU Penguin Athletics / McLaughlin Receives Invite to 2023 Hula Bowl
« on: October 22, 2022, 04:21:01 PM »
Youngstown State senior running back Jaleel McLaughlin has been invited to the 2023 Hula Bowl which will be played on Jan. 14 in Orlando, Fla.

McLaughlin currently ranks second this week in the FCS in rushing yards per game averaging 142.7 a contest. He trails Monmouth's Jaden Shirden who is at 144 per contest. In seven games, Shirden has 1,013 yards while McLaughlin is at 856 through six games.

In three MVFC contests this fall, McLaughlin has rushed for 488 yards (162.7 per game). His 32 carries vs. Indiana State were his most since Nov. 30, 2019 when he was at Notre Dame College.

The Hula Bowl is the Nation's Premier College Football All-Star Game. The Hula Bowl is an event where all NFL, XFL, USFL and CFL teams will be represented by top scout players during Hula Bowl week.

He now ranks fifth in NCAA history in career rushing yards with 7,434 yards on 1,138 carries (6.5 per rush) and 72 touchdowns in 51 games. He is the active career NCAA leader in attempts, touchdowns and yards. He is now just 89 yards from moving into fourth place all-time.

In 22 games at YSU, he has rushed for 2,686 yards (122 yards per game average) and scored 24 TDs. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in 16 of his last 21 contests at YSU, including five of six this season. In 28 games at Notre Dame, he had 24 100-yard outings. In 51 games, he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark on 40 occasions.

It marks the second straight season that YSU will be represented in the game. Last year, tight end Andrew Ogletree was part of Hula Bowl week. Previously, Kyle Smith (2006) and Dwyte Smiley (1999) played in the game.

Last year, McLaughlin was named first-team All-MVFC while earning third-team All-America honors by The Associated Press and HERO Sports.

YSU Penguin Athletics / WIU in Game
« on: October 22, 2022, 04:18:16 PM »
Looking good on offense. Disappointing to give up those 3rd & long 0lays.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Other MVFC action
« on: October 01, 2022, 01:23:24 PM »
Is anyone watching this quarterback Schuster for North Dakota? Guy is very good and quite accurate on his feet when he throws. It’s too bad he hast to run as much as he is because his line isn’t helping him out that much.

YSU Penguin Athletics / WBCB, The Valley's CW to Carry Game Against NDSU
« on: October 01, 2022, 11:13:22 AM »
WBCB, The Valley's CW, will televise the Missouri Valley Football Conference game between Youngstown State University and North Dakota State University tomorrow. The game will begin at 2:00 p.m., live from Fargo, North Dakota.

Notre Dame, Ind - For the first time in program history, the Youngstown State men's cross country team finished first in the Gold Division Race of the men's 5-mile at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational.

The Penguins placed five men in the top 20 to tally 60 points. Senior Chase Easterling led the Penguins with a time of 24:17.6, the second-fastest 5-mile time in school history. He finished fourth out of 111 runners.

Junior Hunter Christopher was the next Guin to cross the line, finishing seventh with a time of 24:35.8. Juniors Tyler Clark and Ryan Meadows finished in 14th and 15th with personal-best times of 24:45.6 and 24:46.4, respectively. Clark's 5-mile time is the sixth-fastest in school history, and Meadows' time ties for the seventh-fastest.

Sophomore Keegan Barnette finished 20th, clocking a 24:59.1, the eighth-fastest 5-mile time in YSU history.

In the women's 5k, Senior Morgan Cole ran the second-fastest women's 5k time in YSU history, 17:07.5, to place fifth out of 145 competitors in the Gold Division. Senior Mackenzie Scott was the next Penguin to cross the line with the 14th-fastest time in school history, 18:11.01, to finish 44th.

The women tallied 236 points to finish eighth out of 19 teams.

The Penguins will see a break in competition before dividing and conquering at the Penn State National Open and Bowling Green Falcon Invitational on Oct. 14.

For live updates and results throughout the 2022 season, follow @YSUTrackFieldXC on Twitter.

Kendyl Clarkson has been named the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Youngstown State University, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Ron Strollo announced on Tuesday.

Clarkson is just the second head coach in program history, replacing Theresa Walton. She joined the women's lacrosse coaching staff as an assistant in July 2019 and helped lead the Penguins to a share of the Mid-American Conference title in the program's second season.

"I would like to thank Ron Strollo, Executive Director of Athletics, as well as Tory Lindley, Deputy Athletics Director, for the opportunity to lead the YSU women's lacrosse program," Clarkson said. "A big thank you to President Jim Tressel, his passion and commitment to this community and University has helped shape our players, program and love for being a Penguin! I also want to add a personal thank you to all those who have reached out and supported me throughout this process, and a special thank you to my mentor and friend, Mike Peterson. The last thank you and most important goes to our Penguin Lacrosse players. The dedication and love you have for this game as well as for being great teammates and even better people is unmatched. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been with this program since its inception and look forward to continuing our hard hat culture of championship effort."

In 2022, the Guins finished with an 8-2 league mark to receive their MAC title. In the middle of the pack at the start of April, the Penguins caught fire winning their final five contests to tie Robert Morris and Central Michigan atop the MAC standings. In its final five regular-season games, the Guins won four road contests, including wins at CMU and RMU for the program's first win against those two-MAC powers. At Robert Morris on the final day of the regular-season, the Penguins overcame a four-goal deficit to stun the Colonials. At the outset of the campaign, YSU was picked to finish fifth in the six-team conference.

"I'm excited to announce that Kendyl Clarkson will be our new women's lacrosse head coach," Strollo said. "We obviously knew what we had in Kendyl because she was here to start this program and helped recruit the student-athletes we have here on our campus. She was a major part of the success we've had and helped guide us to a conference championship in our second year. We're just excited to have someone of Coach Clarkson's caliber to lead our program in the future. We are confident that she will continue our focus on the experience and development of our student-athletes both on and off the field."

The program's first year was in the spring of 2021. With COVID-19 restrictions, the Penguins played conference games only. YSU picked up the first program win in school history beating Detroit Mercy and knocked off Kent State as well.

Clarkson came to Youngstown with six years of head coaching experience at the Division III level and a highly accomplished background as a student-athlete.

Clarkson was the head coach at Virginia Wesleyan during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The Marlins had back-to-back seasons with at least a .500 record for the first time in more than a decade under Clarkson's leadership. She recruited the largest two incoming classes in program history, and the Marlins had their biggest roster in program history in 2019.

Prior to her time at Virginia Wesleyan, Clarkson had a successful four-year run at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. She was named the 2017 USA South Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year and led the Monarchs to a 32-32 record in four seasons from 2014-17. MU was 1-11 the season prior to her arrival, and Clarkson led the team to records of 5-12, 10-5, 8-8 and 9-7. She coached a total of 11 all-conference players as she became the winningest coach in program history.

Clarkson got her coaching start as an assistant coach at St. Bonaventure in 2012-13. She served as the Bonnies' offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, and she was also charged with individual skill enhancement and film exchange.

As a student-athlete at Division III Buffalo State, Clarkson led the country in assists per game in 2010 and 2011, and her 88 assists in 2012 tied the Division III all-time record. As a senior, she led the Bengals to their first NCAA Tournament appearance as well as a victory in the opening round. She finished her career ranking second in NCAA history with 240 career assists, and her 385 career points ranked in the top 20.

Clarkson earned her bachelor's degree in individualized studies with concentrations in education and coaching from Buffalo State in 2012. She was inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2021.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Tressel, Teams To Be Honored on October 8
« on: September 22, 2022, 04:52:57 PM »
Youngstown State President and former YSU Head Football Coach Jim Tressel will be honored along with the members of the 1987 Ohio Valley Conference Champions and the 1997 Division I-AA National Champions on Oct. 8 at Stambaugh Stadium.

The Penguins play host to North Dakota in a key Missouri Valley Football Conference clash at 6 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the YSU Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978 or visiting

Tressel, who is retiring from his role as YSU President in February 2023, served has the Penguins' Head Football Coach from 1986-2000. He also served in the role of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics his final six years. He returned to YSU in 2013 as the school's president. On the sidelines for the Penguins, he coached the program to National Championships in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997 while reaching the title game in 1992 and 1999.

1987 OVC Champs

The Penguins posted a 5-1 Ohio Valley Conference mark becoming the first Division I team in school history to claim a conference crown. YSU shared the title with rival Eastern Kentucky to advance to the Division I-AA playoffs for the first time in school history. QB Trenton Lykes, WR Elliott Fedd, LB Paul Soltis and DB Rod Henderson were named first-team All-OVC during the season. Lykes was named the Offensive Player of the Year while Solits was the co-Defensive Player of the Year.

YSU beat Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay to open league play before dropping a 14-7 contest to EKU. The Penguins defeated Middle Tennessee State, Murray State and Morehead State earning a share of the title.

The Guins beat Akron in the regular-season finale to secure a postseason berth. The Penguins finished the season 8-4 overall and became an independent starting in 1988.

1997 Division I-AA Champs

In their first season in the Gateway Football Conference and first as a conference member since their 1987 OVC title, the Guins won their fourth championship in school history.

YSU finished the regular season with a 9-2 record dropping two conference games by a total of six points. In the playoffs, the Guins opened with a 28-13 win over Hampton. In the quarterfinals, YSU overcame a three-touchdown deficit to shock Villanova. The next week, the Guins travelled to Spokane, Wash., to defeat Eastern Washington 25-14.

In the National Championship Game in Chattanooga, Tenn., YSU scored a late touchdown to knock off McNeese State, 10-9.

YSU had six players named first team All-GFC - Jake Andreadis, TB 1997 Harry Deligianis, DT 1997 Matt Hogg, OT 1997 Todd Kollar, OT 1997 Tom Paolucci, LB 1997 Dwyte Smiley, FS  and three others - 1997 Adrian Brown, RB 1997 Mike Stanec, LB 1997 Demond Tidwell, QB - were Honorable-Mention selections. Deligianis was named the Gateway's Defensive Player of the Year.

Hogg, Deligianis, Kollar and Smiley were All-American honorees with Deligianis being a unanimous selection.

Jim Tressel Leaves Legacy

    Tressel brought a winning attitude to the Mahoning Valley when he took charge of the Penguin football program in the mid-1980's. He gave the people something to rally around in a time of need and helped keep the spirits of everyone in the community high.
    He came to Youngstown in 1986 and within two seasons the Penguins were in the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs. The playoffs, once a dream, became commonplace for YSU. In his tenure, Youngstown State appeared in the playoffs 10 times and won four national championships.
    The first national title came in 1991 and began a run of four straight title-game appearances. The march to the crown in 1991 was magical as the Penguins won eight straight to end the season. YSU won at Georgia Southern on Nov. 2 and was never to lose again that season. In the playoffs, the Penguins beat Villanova, Nevada-Reno and Samford before beating Marshall in the title game.
    After losing in the title game to Marshall in 1992, the Penguins were back in 1993 to finish 13-2 and beat the Herd 17-5 in the title game.
    In 1994, the Penguins were unbeaten in 15 games finishing 14-0-1. YSU tied Stephen F. Austin in the season opener and then won a school-record 14 consecutive games to earn a repeat championship. In the playoffs the Penguins beat Alcorn State, Eastern Kentucky and Montana en route to the title game. YSU beat Boise State 28-14 to earn its third national title.
    In 1997, the Penguins were back in the national title hunt. In the playoffs, YSU beat Hampton, Villanova and Eastern Washington to advance to the title game. In a tight defensive game, YSU beat McNeese State 10-9 to earn Tressel's fourth title.
    En route to the 1999 National Championship Game, YSU set an NCAA Division I-AA record winning 15 consecutive playoff games after beating Montana, North Carolina A&T and Florida A&M in the preliminary rounds. In the championship game, YSU lost to Georgia Southern.
    In his final year in 2000, YSU finished 9-3 and qualified for the playoffs for the 10th time.

Youngstown State's defense recorded three interceptions and eight break-ups while Jaleel McLaughlin rushed for more than 200 yards as the Penguins defeated Duquesne, 31-14, in the 2022 season opener at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
McLaughlin highlighted the Penguins' offense with 203 rushing yards on 20 attempts, netting three touchdowns. On the receiving end, Bryce Oliver caught six Demeatric Crenshaw passes for 58 yards.
Sophomore linebacker Devin Johnson picked off the first two interceptions of his career, and senior Quincy Lenton led the Penguins with eight tackles, including one-for-loss. Griffin Hoak also secured an interception for YSU and had three tackles on the day.
For Duquesne, quarterback Joe Mischler threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Abdul Janneh had two touchdowns on the day and 121 receiving yards.
Duquesne came out quick to start the game, scoring a 45-yard passing touchdown within the first two minutes of play. YSU answered with a touchdown of its own when McLaughlin ran three yards across the goal tying the game 7-7 with 8:18 left in the first quarter.
On Duquesne's next drive, Hoak intercepted Mischler and set up the Penguins' offense at midfield. YSU came up short on a fourth-and-seven attempt on that drive, but the YSU defense forced the Dukes to punt on their next possession.
The Penguins tried to take the lead with 8:41 to play in the half on a 45-yard Colt McFadden field goal that had the distance but was wide left.
After Johnson's first interception, the Penguins were set up in Duquesne territory. The offense came alive as McLaughlin, in true-McLaughlin fashion, hurdled over a defender to get into the endzone for a 13-yard touchdown which lifted the Penguins to a 14-7 lead with 6:43 left to play in the first half.
After a missed field goal by the Dukes, the Penguins got another shot to score before halftime with 1:27 on the clock and at their own 20. McLaughlin broke a 43-yarder to the Dukes' 21 yardline with 18 seconds before the half. The Penguins took a few shots at the endzone before settling for a 39-yard McFadden field goal to take a 17-7 into halftime.
The Penguins went three-and-out to open the second half, and on Duquesne's following possession, Mischler connected with Janneh in the endzone for a 16-yard touchdown cutting the Penguins' lead to just three, 17-14, with 9:35 remaining in the third quarter.
On the following possession, Crenshaw connected with receiver Max Tomczak for a 41-yard gain, the longest catch for the Penguins on the day. The Penguins tried for a field goal on that drive but muffed the snap giving Duquesne possession at its own 34-yard line.
With 12:43 left in the game, Johnson picked off Mischler for the second time giving YSU possession at the Duquesne 41-yard line.
On the ensuing drive, McLaughlin ran the ball to get the Penguins into the red zone before Crenshaw capitalized on the short-field position with a 2-yard touchdown run to get the Penguins on the board for the first time in the second half with 9:58 left to play, increasing YSU's lead to 24-14.
Late in the fourth quarter, McLaughlin broke loose on a 54-yard touchdown scamper to put the Penguins up 31-14 with 4:48 left to play.
Youngstown State hosts Dayton, Saturday, September 10, at Stambaugh Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Valley Football - Players of the Week
« on: September 05, 2022, 03:47:21 PM »
This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week include TB Jaleel McLaughlin of Youngstown State; LB Adam Bock of South Dakota State; S Ryan Cole of Indiana State; PK Ryan O'Grady of Indiana State; CB/RS Montrae Braswell of Missouri State; and WR Naseim Brantley of Western Illinois.
Offense:  TB Jaleel McLaughlin, Youngstown State
Co-Defense:  LB Adam Bock, South Dakota State | S Ryan Cole, Indiana State
Co-Special Teams:  PK Ryan O'Grady, Indiana State | CB/RS Montrae Braswell, Missouri State
Newcomer:  WR Naseim Brantley, Western Illinois
Offensive Player of the Week
TB Jaleel McLaughlin, Youngstown State
5-9, 183, Sr. (Marshville, N.C./Forest Hills/Notre Dame (Ohio) H.S.)
McLaughlin rushed for 203 yards on 20 carries and scored three touchdowns in YSU's season-opening 31-14 win over Duquesne. McLaughlin scored on runs of three, 13 and 54 in the victory over the Dukes. It was his most rushing yards since the 2021 season-opening win against UIW.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week
LB Adam Bock, South Dakota State
6-1, 215, Jr. (Solon, Iowa/Solon H.S.)
Bock registered a game-high 13 tackles for a South Dakota State squad that did not allow a touchdown and limited Iowa to only 166 yards of total offense in a narrow 7-3 loss on Sept. 3. Bock also forced and recovered a fumble that thwarted a Hawkeye drive in the red zone late in the third quarter to keep SDSU within striking distance.

Co-Defensive Player of the Week
S Rylan Cole, Indiana State
6-0, 205, So. (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon H.S.)
Cole picked off two pa$$es, including the game-securing interception in overtime to lead Indiana State past North Alabama in the Sycamores’ season opener. The sophomore matched a career-high with eight tackles, while adding 2.5 tackles-for-loss, two interceptions, and two pa$$ breakups. His first interception set up the short field for Indiana State’s go-ahead touchdown pa$$ in the fourth quarter, while he secured the final interception on the last play of the game on the desperation heave toward the end zone. He nearly added a third interception in the first half off a tipped ball. Cole’s 2.5 tackles-for-loss led the Sycamores to a Curt Mallory-era 15.0 tackle-for-loss game on the afternoon as the Sycamores limited the Lions to just eight total rushing yards.
Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
CB Montrae Braswell, Missouri State
6-0, 190, Jr. (Avon Park, Fla.)
Braswell broke loose for a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of MSU's road win at UCA. The return came on the heels of a UCA's first scoring drive of the game and Braswell's big play made it 27-7 at the time and seemed to put the game out of reach. It was Braswell's third career kick return TD and the seventh-longest kickoff return in Missouri State history. He averaged 65.0 yards on two kickoff return attempts in the win (the other was 32 yards).

Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
PK Ryan O’Grady, Indiana State
6-1, 180, Fr. (Lockport, Ill.)
O’Grady was clutch in his first career collegiate game as the freshman placekicker went a perfect 3-for-3 on his field goal attempts in Indiana State’s 17-14 win. He had joined the team midway through the preseason training camp and impressed the ISU coaching staff with his ability to connect in the clutch. It showed on Thursday night at Memorial Stadium as he knocked in field goals from 22 and 26 yards in regulation, while his 25-yard attempt went down the middle in overtime to secure the 17-14 win. O’Grady’s three-field goal day made him the first ISU placekicker to converted three attempts in a game since Jerry Nunez made a trio of field goals twice back in 2018.

Newcomer of the Week
WR Naseim Brantley, Western Illinois
6-4, 200, Gr. (Farmingdale, N.J./Sacred Heart/Howell H.S.)
Making his Leatherneck debut, Brantley had a big night for Western Illinois in the season opener at UT Martin. He had six catches for 171 yards as well as touchdown catches of 51, 44 and 32 yard. Brantley also became the first Leatherneck with at least three receiving touchdowns in a game since Jaelon Acklin had three against South Dakota in 2017. His 171 yards receiving made him the first WIU receiver to have over 150 receiving yards since Dennis Houston had 175 against Eastern Washington last year.

After leading the Youngstown State men's basketball program to three straight winning campaigns for the first time in nearly 40 years and reaching the postseason for the second time in three seasons, Head Coach Jerrod Calhoun has received a contract extension, YSU Executive Director of Athletics Ron Strollo announced.

The new agreement is a five-year deal that extends Calhoun through the 2026-27 season.

"We are pleased with the direction of our men's basketball program under the direction of Coach Calhoun," Strollo said. "This commitment just reflects our support of our men's basketball program, and the priority we put in the stability of our head coaching positions.

"Coach Calhoun and his staff have developed a great culture among our student-athletes, both academically and athletically, and our student-athletes and our coaches have made a tremendous impact on our community. He has done a great job building outstanding young men, and I think our community has really supported Jerrod and Sarah and their family.

"We're excited about the upcoming season and what else lies ahead in the future."

Calhoun is the first coach in YSU's Division I history to take the program to multiple postseason appearances in the 2022 The Basketball Classic and the 2020 Postseason Tournament, which was canceled due to Covid-19.

He has led the Penguins to three straight winning seasons for the first time since 1982-85 after posting a 19-15 mark in 2021-22. Over the last three years, the Penguins have won 52 games, which matches a school mark for most victories in a three-year span (1982-85).

 "I want to thank YSU President Jim Tressel, Athletics Director Ron Strollo, and our Board of Trustees for their trust in me to lead our team and their commitment to our men's basketball program," Calhoun said. "My family and I love being here at Youngstown State, and the Youngstown community has truly embraced us. We are grateful for the opportunity to lead this program and look to build upon the successes we have achieved here."

Calhoun has also guided six All-Horizon League selections in five seasons, and became the first coach in 21 years to have multiple players earn all-conference laurels in the same season.

The 19 wins in 2021-22 were also the most since 2000-01 and set a school record for most wins as members of the Horizon League. The Penguins also set a school record for most conference wins with 12.
Last season, Youngstown State also tied the Division I record for most home wins with 13 and secured the program's second postseason berth in three years with an appearance in the inaugural The Basketball Classic. The Penguins also won their second postseason game with a 70-65 victory over Morgan State.

Dwayne Cohill led the Penguins with 14.9 points per and a .835 free-throw percentage and was named to the All-Horizon League Third-Team. Cohill ranked third in the league in free-throw percentage and 10th in scoring. He scored in double figures 25 times and had eight games of 20-or-more points.
Fans can purchase season tickets by calling the YSU Athletics Ticket Office at (330) 941-1YSU or visiting the Athletic Ticket Office in Stambaugh Stadium. Penguin Club/Courtside Coaches Club memberships for the upcoming campaign are also available.

Youngstown State football fans can catch all the inside scoop on Penguins football with the Penguin Playbook Radio Show and the Penguin Gameday Television Show. Both shows debut next week as YSU opens the season on Sept. 3 against Duquesne.

The Penguin Playbook Radio Show will be held on Monday's throughout the season on 1390 WNIO at 5 p.m. while the Penguins Gameday TV Show will be televised on Wednesday evening's at 7 o'clock on 21 WFMJ.

The Penguin Playbook Radio Show, presented by Southwoods Health, will be at the Boardman and Austintown Quaker Steak and Lube locations throughout the season. The two-hour show will air live on 1390 WNIO from 5-7 p.m. on Monday.

The first hour will feature third-year head football coach Doug Phillips and radio play-by-play announcer Bob Hannon. Various football student-athletes will appear on the show throughout the season. The second half of the broadcast will focus on Youngstown State's Olympic sports programs and provide fans with insight into the Athletic Department. Drae Smith will serve as the host of the hour-long show.

On Wednesday evenings on 21 WFMJ, fans can an inside glimpse at the YSU football team on on the "Penguin Gameday" television show. The half-hour program, hosted by WFMJ sports director Dana Balash, will feature highlights, showcase YSU student-athletes and football assistant coaches. "Penguin Gameday" is presented by Greenwood Chevrolet of Austintown.

Fans are reminded to check for schedule updates.

Radio Show Schedule
August 29 – Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Sept. 6 – Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Sept. 12 – Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Sept. 19 – Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Sept. 26 – Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Oct. 3 - Quaker Steak and Lube Boardman
Oct. 10 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown
Oct. 17 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown
Oct. 24 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown
Oct. 31 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown
Nov. 7 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown
Nov. 14 – Quaker Steak and Lube Austintown

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