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Top FCS QB - YSU Penguins Kurt Hess
Kurt Hess earned Honorable-Mention All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection andstarted all 11 games at quarterback, in 2012. The Dayton, OH native was named to the MVFC's all-academic first team and named a team captain. Currently Hess ranks first in touchdown passes (53), passing yards per game (202.9), passer rating (141.78) and 200-yard passing games (18), is second in yards (6,697), completion percentage (62.3 percent), third in completions (542), total offensive yards (7,124) and fourth in passing attempts (870) entering his senior season. College2Pro.com goes one-on-one with one of the top FCS quarterbacks in the country. For more of the nations top college players head to College2Pro.com.
Youngstown State senior center and preseason All-American Chris Elkins was been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference's Offensive Lineman of the Week, in 2013. Elkins made the switch from guard to center seem effortless. Verstatile offensive lineman was named first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference the only YSU player to be named to the first team. Elkins was the first YSU offensive lineman to be recognized as first-team All-MVFC since Brad Samsa in 2008. He started all 11 games at right guard and played every MVFC snap in seven of eight games. College2Pro.com caught up with Elkins after practice as the 6-1 Penguins host Western Illinois.
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At 6’3 and 315-pounds is a road grinder who helped the YSU offense dominates the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2011. Mady started all 11 games last year his first with the Penguins who previously played at Butler County Community College in Kansas. The most impressive aspect of Mady’s quick transition from one school to another is he did not allow a sack on any quarterback pressures. Part of a unit that averaged a school-record 36.2 points per game and had a school-best 458.6 total offensive yards per game, while distributing the ball exceptionally well with 231.1 rushing and 227.5 passing, show’s that Mady and his teammates are capable blockers in either category.
Massive sized offensive lineman Kyle Bryant from Youngstown State has received an invite to play in the East West Shrine Game. Bryant was one of the anchors to the Penguins talented offensive line that features another East West Shrine invite Chris Elkins. Bryant began his college career at Bowling Green prior to playing at YSU.
Aronde Stranton performed at YSU pro day March 5th in front of 12 NFL teams. The Juco transfer has continued to raise his game as a Penguin finishing first on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and second with four sacks. Disruptive player on the interior College2Pro.com caught up witht he YSU stand out after his pro day performance.
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel completed his improbable career arc by being named the new president of Youngstown State University. In order to help explain to sportsfans what this means, what he'll be doing, and what his challenges might be, we brought in education reporter Libby Nelson, of Vox.Com, to explain the implications of this move. Could other coaches make the jump to higher education? WIll he do a good job? DID HE KNOW ABOUT THIS LAST APRIL? We discuss.
Cook finished his 43-game career with 4,052 yards on 811 carries and scored 39 touchdowns. The Cleveland, OH native ranked second in school history in career rushing yards after becoming just the second player to eclipse the 4,000-yard barrier. In this three seasons as the team's starter, he averaged 116 yards as a sophomore, 126 yards as a junior and 116.3 as a senior. Cook also set the Penguins school record for career all-purpose yardage with 5,220, averaging 121.4 yards per game during his career. Cook earned to first and second team MVFC honors during his time at YSU. Cook is as productive and durable as they come and is by far one of the biggest sleepers in this up coming draft class.
In Youngstown, Oh the YSU Penguins have formed one of the largest offensive lines in all of football and one of the mega-sized players from the unit Lamar Mady joined the College2Pro.com Players Platform Show after practice. Mady at 6’3 and 315-pounds is a road grinder who helped the YSU offense dominates the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2011.
Mady started all 11 games last year his first with the Penguins who previously played at Butler County Community College in Kansas. The most impressive aspect of Mady’s quick transition from one school to another is he did not allow a sack on any quarterback pressures. Part of a unit that averaged a school-record 36.2 points per game and had a school-best 458.6 total offensive yards per game, while distributing the ball exceptionally well with 231.1 rushing and 227.5 passing, show’s that Mady and his teammates are capable blockers in either category.
YSU finished 6-5 last season in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and expectations are high in the Steel Valley of Youngstown, OH with the team the Penguins are retuning to action for the 2012 season.
One player who should see his role and produciton increase is converted 2010 safety turned tight end Will Shaw. Shaw originally started his career at YSU as a safety where he finished his final year at safety with 48 tackles and one interception starting eight of eleven games before switching to tight end in 2011.
When you want to talk about making the most of your opportunities Shaw is your man. Last season his first learning the tight end position at the collegiate level he hauled in eight passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns. Three of his eight total catches found their way into the end zone! The native of Baltimore, MD average 25 yards per catch with a long of 52. Still not convinced Shaw is a big-play weapon? Take into consideration his 87 yard interception in 2010 ranks fourth longest in school history. When the ball finds it way into his hands, good things happen, it’s that simple. Shaw took time after practice to discuss the YSU Penguins up-coming season with College2Pro.com
It starts up front in the trenches and YSU has the men up front as we saw last season to be very dominant. Bringing back one of the biggest offensive lines in football the Penguins are poised for another solid season on offense. Last year in the Missouri Valley Football Conference YSU finished first in nearly every offensive category – number one in total offense, rushing offense and scoring offense.
One key piece to the unit is second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection Mark Pratt who started 11 games at center in his first year with the program. Pratt who sports a Brett Kiesel type beard earned the highest overall grade of 83% of all YSU linemen and was awarded the Jim Zdelar Offensive Lineman of the Year award. Durable and strong at the point of attack Pratt was also named Offensive Lineman of the Game four times last season and also recognized as the MVFC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week.
Pratt took time following practice to talk with College2Pro.com on the up coming season and his thoughts moving forward knowing their may be and opportunity at the next level.
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