Youngstown, OH (WYTV)- Earlier this month, Youngstown State’s Eric Wolford told the media that no one should take what happened with the defense in the spring very seriously. Noting that they toned it back because of other area teams scouting the Penguins. Saturday, media and fans got their first look at what the defense had to offer.
“That wasn’t Youngstown State defense at all,” said sophomore safety Jameel Smith Saturday when asked about the defense in the spring.
In their first scrimmage of the summer, the Penguins defense shut the offense out on third-downs on their first 5 tries. The offense was finally able to break through on third-down on their sixth try, a seven-yard completion from quarterback Hunter Wells to tight end Shane Kuhn.
The big play that defenses thrive on was also on display. Smith forced Ryan Moore to fumble at the goal-line, that was picked up by freshman linebacker Kevin Wilson and returned 100-yards for the touchdown.
“Coach was stressing before we came out here, turnovers, fly around and get to the ball on third down and we should do good,” said Smith.
“Tackle well and get turnovers and that is what we came out here and did today.”
The Penguins have one more scrimmage Saturday, August 16th before they head to Illinois to open the season against the Illini.