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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU SIU game day
« on: March 06, 2021, 08:01:47 PM »
Better today by a lot. At least the game is competitive. Glad to see Waid at QB since he gives us the best chance to move the ball. He doesn't go down easy and can sure run the ball with power.  Not sure about the other qbs we have that have not played.  Only question on Waid in my opinion from what I saw is arm strength. Hope it is not so.

At rb we need 8.  LP goes down easy and hurt us on the 2 point try.  20 is a good receiver and hasn't really run the ball that much this year.  Other years his running ability is again not elusive or with power to break tackles.  With Waid and 8 we have the best chance at the run game.

The missed extra point and coming up short on the 2 point try really hurt us in my opinion. Could have been a confidence boost with 14 instead of 12.

The defense at the end of the 1st half really hurt our confidence.  Not sure if it was prevent defense or not, but it really hurt. And the 2nd half SI shut down our run game and we had some dropped pa$$es that hurt. But I liked the last drive we had where we threw the ball down field, not just running. Hopefully next week we can run and throw instead of being so predictable.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU Oakland MBB Horizon Tourney
« on: March 03, 2021, 12:43:55 PM »
The last play in regulation had to be the worst I have seen in a long time.  Too long killing the clock and then not getting any kind of a shot.  Unbelievable. Also letting Michael A guarding Moore the last few possessions and getting beat time after time. Not sure why Mays was out of the lineup at the end, but he had trouble guarding taller players. We in general had a difficult time on defense.  It seemed Oakland was bigger and could get in close over and over and we had to really work to get inside.  And the charge vs blocking calls sure went against us on both ends of the court. The announcers were sure not trying to be unbiased for Oakland.  I think Rob Schmidt does a good job not being a homer compared to those guys. And our new players sure didn't contribute much except for Mays. Who knows what we will look like next year, but the new players need to grow significantly for us to improve even if Naz, Garret, and DQ return. Big questions.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: UNI Gameday Thread
« on: February 28, 2021, 07:46:35 PM »
DP is a new hire and like all new hires his success of failure is in question.  JT came here without head coaching experience and was a home run after a few lean years.  BP came here with much success as a head coach and it didn't work out. Give Doug Phillips his chance to get the program going.  What he is instilling in the players is very good.  Can he recruit and develop players? Who knows. That will be the test of whether he is a success or not. And bringing in transfers will help in the short term but hurt in the long term. Let him do what he thinks is best and let the results speak for themselves. All this negative attitude only hurts YSU's chances to attract the players we need for success. Think about it.  It reminds me of the old Vindicator that could only downgrade the city of Youngstown and YSU.  It does no good.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: UNI Gameday Thread
« on: February 27, 2021, 07:34:45 PM »
Playing two qb's is not working. As I said last week, we need Waid due to his running ability and size with such a poor offensive line. And at rb we need the new guy compared to our two from last year.  And they need to play to get more comfortable. It reminds me of when Haycock was the coach and we played OSU. He played everyone and we lost big. It was almost like a scrimmage where we weren't trying our best to keep the score as good as it could be. Looked similar today. And our punter really didn't help.  It seems he got a pa$$ until his 2nd or 3rd shank and we got back to the guy from last year who did well.  There is no doubt that we need more good players and that will take time, but playing everyone doesn't give us our best chance in these games. Maybe we are playing this as spring practice.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU UIC MBB
« on: February 26, 2021, 12:58:42 PM »
We need a great effort at Oakland. We have DQ this time which helps a lot.  We also need Michael A to spend much of his time near the basket to help Naz on both offense and defense.  He was a big help in our UIC game inside and did make a 3 or two. Too bad beyond our starters not much help.  Vargo has disappeared after starting for a while this year.  Same with others. I sure hope they improve over the off season. Hopefully we have a good showing at Oakland.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: NDSU Gameday
« on: February 21, 2021, 07:18:50 PM »
I think we need Waid at QB to have a chance on offense. Our O line is not good enough to have a running game, especially with our smaller running backs. We need Waid to add the bigger runner we so desperately need and the extra person to be concerned about. Craycraft is a more traditional QB who will have trouble without a running game. Maybe later in the year he can do well.

Defense played well but needs more size to be competitive at the highest level. I am hopefully that the D will be acceptable this year and really good in the future.

Coaches looked under control and players played hard. Good for them.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU @ NDSU
« on: February 20, 2021, 11:10:48 PM »
I saw the Vindicator article today.  They didn't even put in the writeup that the game is on local TV, just ESPN+. They sure don't keep up with the local team. Too bad.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: IUPUI
« on: February 20, 2021, 07:58:03 AM »
I agree that we just stand at the 3 point line with 4 players, wait for an open look that rarely comes, shoot the 3 and get back on defense. Other teams get inside and mid range shots that are open and make them. If 3's aren't falling for us we are in trouble like yesterday. Need more than layups and 3's to win. Yesterday it seems like we worked hard to get inside and it resulted in steals and turnovers on difficult pa$$es and tight quarters. And the other team wasn't all that athletic or tall.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: IUPUI
« on: February 19, 2021, 07:28:55 PM »
Too many turnovers, mostly steals as we tried to drive to the basket or tried to get the ball inside on difficult entry pa$$es that were low probability to get the ball inside through the defense.  Also not much good outside shooting which has hurt us often this year. And defensive rebounds seemed to disappear in the 2nd half. Hope for a better showing tomorrow.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU @ NDSU
« on: February 18, 2021, 07:34:28 PM »
I know we got a dozen or so mid year transfers.  I thought they were eligible to play this spring. I recall a running back from a lower level school, D2 I think who was highly thought of, who doesn't seem to appear. I didn't check closely, but just how many of those transfers made the two deep for the game?

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Braxton Chapman
« on: February 15, 2021, 04:23:29 PM »
Our former running backs coach under Pelini is a coach Northern Ill.  Both Chapman and our former tight end have transferred to Northern Ill.  I always thought Chapman should have played more than he did.  Much like Jelani Simmons in basketball. Both were good in my opinion and better than some players getting more time. And they both had a future here.  Not sure what the transfer rules are now under the liberalized NCAA, but if FCS players can transfer to FCS or FBS schools without sitting out a year, all of FCS is in trouble.  Not sure again, but I think basketball is similar or the same rule.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: MBB win over PFW 84-70
« on: February 13, 2021, 01:50:12 PM »
I agree totally with the above opinion. Mays is the only consistent contributor beyond Naz, Akuchie, Covington, and DQ. The rest are lacking for the most part. I hope they just need some experience. Unbelievable how easily the others can be beat off the dribble. And their scoring is mostly hit and miss. The addition of DQ has been the spark to put us over the edge and take the heat of the rest on offense. And Akuchie has been really good, even making 3's at a respectable pace.  I like him best under the basket though. Lets hope it continues tonight.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU vs Robert Morris
« on: February 07, 2021, 10:48:43 AM »
DQ made the difference in both games. Would have lost both without him. Big help all game, but especially at the end of both games.  Again the new guys didn't contribute much.  Vargo had 2 big 3's and Miles Hunter a big basket at the end of game 2 which was crucial. They need more time to get ready for this level of competition. Also Michael was huge. He needs to spend more time inside and less outside the 3 point line. He and Naz could make a great complementary pair inside.  With DQ back we have a good chance this weekend for a sweep.  Hope so anyway.  He doesn't seem to be favoring the ankle like he did early in the year, but he is not quite back to his old self.  He makes everyone on the team better.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU vs Robert Morris
« on: February 06, 2021, 10:54:19 AM »
Sure was nice to win the game.  DQ back is big as it takes the heat off of depending on the freshmen in difficult situations at the end of a game.  Basically the freshmen were not a factor in the game except for Mays and his clutch free throws at the end of the game. Kelly surprised me and seems to be a player.  With DQ back, a new Kelly who contributed, Naz and Covington having good games, and Michael having a strong game and making a clutch 3 in OT, we still barely beat the last place team.  With DQ back and with some reps he will be fine. Hope that happens today and we win by a comfortable margin.

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YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Detroit YSU MBB
« on: January 31, 2021, 10:17:08 AM »
Our new players are too in love with 3's and have a poor percentage shooting them. The end of the game was bad with all the 3's and misses and 2 costly turnovers. Detroit has some good 3 point shooters and they seem quicker than us. Our new players get beat off the dribble often and on offense are guarded so closely they have a difficult time getting a clean shot. In some ways we were lucky to keep the game so close. Without an inside presence Detroit can guard the perimeter and we have contested shots which results in a low percentage. Also it seems the new players rush their shots. We are always in a difficult mode on offense with the other teams speed and length. One can see what DQ and Naz would have been together and taking the heat off the others. Hope for DQ's return and for next year some genuine post players. Where is Jelani Simmons?

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