Host of “The Drae Smith Show”
September 16, 20014
After a slow start, the Youngstown State Football team did what they were expected to do by winning big 44-13 over the Butler Bulldogs at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday. With starting quarterback, Dante Nania side-lined due to an ankle injury suffered last week, it was true freshman, Hunter Wells who stepped up to fill the void. The 6 foot 5 inch Wells certainly looks the part and his performance Saturday validated all the hype we heard coming out of pre-season camp. He completed 16 of 22 passes for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns, 3 of which went to Senior WR Jelani Berassa who is poised for a super-star type season. Berassa is finally back healthy after a rash of unfortunately injuries which have kept him off the field a majority of the past few seasons. His breakout return is certainly great news for a Penguin team that will again have to rely on their offense and may now have a quarterback controversy on their hands. The defense showed some vulnerabilities at times against Butler, which could be worrisome for Head Coach Eric Wolford and the coaching staff as they approach a much tougher conference schedule. The coaching staff will also have to decide how they want to handle the quarterback situation as the season moves along. Dante Nania played well against Illinois, has more experience, and is more mobile but freshman Hunter Wells seems to be the future and his performance Saturday will certainly make it hard on the coaches to keep him off the field. If Nania is healthy, it will be extremely intriguing to watch who gets the majority of the snaps this Saturday, under the lights against St. Francis (PA). Kickoff is at 7pm, get out to Stambaugh Stadium and pack the Ice Castle to support your Penguins! Also, join Rookery Radio in the Student Tailgate Lot where we will be providing entertainment before the game starts.