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YSU-Indiana State scouting report

September 24, 2011
By ED PUSKAS - Sports Editor ( , Tribune Chronicle |

QUARTERBACKS: YSU - Kurt Hess doesn't have the gaudiest stats of the Missouri Valley Football Conference QBs, but he makes good decisions and is backed by one of the conference's best rushing attacks. INDIANA STATE - YSU coach Eric Wolford says the Sycamores' Ronnie Fouch and Illinois State's Mark Brown are the MVFC's best QBs. Fouch is 40 of 65 for 564 yards and five TDs.

EDGE: Even.

RUNNING BACKS: YSU - Jamaine Cook has been solid, but hasn't really had a monster game yet. This would be a good time for one. Cook has 324 yards on 62 carries. INDIANA STATE - The 5-foot-7, 170-pound Shakir Bell ran for 221 yards on the road against FBS member Western Kentucky. He is as shifty as they come.

EDGE: Even.

RECEIVERS: YSU - It was nice to see Andre Barboza get two big TD catches against the Redbirds last week. He leads the Penguins with three TDs. Freshman Christian Bryan leads YSU with 16 receptions. INDIANA STATE - Justin Hilton is a big target at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. He leads the Sycamores with 16 catches and three TDs.

EDGE: Even.

Fact Box

KICKOFF: 2:05, today

RECORDS: YSU 2-1 (1-0 MVFC); Indiana State 2-1

RANKINGS: Neither team is ranked in The Sports Network/ FCS Top 25 Poll

VENUE: Memorial Stadium (12,764)

SITE: Terre Haute, Ind.


Radio: 570-AM

OFFENSIVE LINE: YSU - The Penguins' line has been brilliant through three games. The addition of new starting C Mark Pratt, a junior-college transfer, has been seamless. YSU has no seniors in this group. INDIANA STATE - The Sycamores, much like the Penguins, are young up front. LG Ben Geffert is the only senior starter.

EDGE: Even.

DEFENSIVE LINE: YSU - DEs Obinna Ekeweremuba and Daniel Stewart are active on the edge, with 3 and 2 tackles for loss, respectively. DT Andrew Johnson and Aronde Stanton have matched them with one sack each. INDIANA STATE - The Penguins had better be aware of DT Rod Hardy, the leading tackler among the Sycamores' front four with 16 stops, a sack and a 27-yard fumble return.


LINEBACKERS: YSU - The Penguins are coming along nicely here. Senior John Sasson leads the group with 20 tackles and freshmen Davion Rogers and Travis Williams are developing into playmakers. INDIANA STATE - Aaron Archie and Jacolby Washington have combined for 58 tackles in three games and are first and second on the team in stops. Ryan Roberts leads the Sycamores with 2 tackles for loss.

EDGE: Indiana State.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: YSU - The Penguins still figure to be without CB Donald D'Alesio (shoulder), but freshman Jimmy May played well in his place against Illinois State. Safeties Josh Garner and Jeremey Edwards have become forces in the secondary with a combined 44 tackles. Garner leads YSU with 23. INDIANA STATE - The Sycamores are allowing 221 passing yards per game, so there may be some opportunities for big plays down the field for Hess and his receivers.


SPECIALISTS: YSU - PK David Brown has had just one opportunity for a field goal and he missed. The Penguins need to know they can count on him to convert. KOR Andre Stubbs is out for the year, so YSU needs to get big plays from someone else in the return game. INDIANA STATE - KOR Leonard Riston has a 92-yard return for a TD and averages 32.2 yards per return. He hasn't been nearly as effective on punt returns. Cory Little has made three of four field goals. The Sycamores have used two punters, Santino Davis and Lucas Hileman.

EDGE: Even.

PREDICTION: On paper, these teams look pretty even. The Penguins have never lost in Terre Haute, but this group still has to show it can win on the road. The streak lives on. ... YSU 24, Indiana State 21.



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