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YSU saying all the right things

August 28, 2012 - Dana Sulonen
After Tuesday afternoon's Youngstown State University press conference at Stambaugh Stadium, it's easy to get excited about this year's team. However, games aren't played in the newspapers, blogs or in press conferences.

Will the Penguins be competitive? Yes. Should the Penguins be in playoff contention all season? Yes. Is an Eric Wolford press conference always entertaining? Yes.

The true test will come on Saturday when YSU opens the 2012 season at Heinz Field against the University of Pittsburgh.

The question is not as much can the Penguins compete with the Panthers, which by judging the scouting report it should be a pretty competitive game. The true test will be can the Penguins actually finish a tight game — a problem that plagued YSU all through the 2011 campaign.

Three of the Penguins' five losses were ones that YSU led in the fourth quarter, but relinquished the lead. The game that stands out of those three is the season finale against Missouri State, in which the Penguins watched a 27-10 halftime lead slip away — keeping them out of the FCS playoffs.

Pitt will give the Penguins a great test to start the season. Both tailback Jamaine Cook and quarterback Kurt Hess both seem very confident that the Penguins have learned their lesson from last year and now know what it takes to get to the next level.

The journey to that level begins on Saturday. Kickoff is 6 p.m.


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