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  Jim Tressel is stepping down as the president at Youngstown State at the age of 69. The former Ohio State football coach has been at YSU since 2014, making the transition to academia following his resignation at OSU. It was his second stint at the university after serving as head coach of the Penguins from 1986-2000. During that span, he went 135-57-2 (23-14 in conference play) while winning four Division I-AA national titles in four appearances.

"It is with an abundance of gratitude and thankfulness that Ellen and I plan to step aside as President and First Lady of our beloved YSU, effective February 1, 2023," Tressel said in an email to the Youngstown State community. "It has been truly a blessing and labor of love to serve Youngstown State University in a number of capacities, and we will continue to do so, in whatever fashion that the YSU Board of Trustees sees fit." Tressel was hired as the Buckeyes' head coach in 2001, compiling a 106-22 record (66-14). He reached the BCS National Championship Game three times, winning it in 2002 with a 14-0 record. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


(DS#27 RB) rSr/2023 RB Jaleel McLaughlinYoungstown State
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  Former Ohio State safety Marcus Hooker announced Friday that he is transferring to Youngstown State. The announcement came nearly a month after he put his name in the transfer portal, leaving the Buckeyes after four seasons. Hooker once held a prominent role in Ohio State's secondary, starting the first half of the season in 2020 at free safety before being passed on the depth chart by Josh Proctor. His spot in the rotation was further diminished after his second drunk driving arrest last spring, leading to a months-long suspension that sidelined him for all of spring practice.

While returning to the team in the summer, he was largely limited to a role on special teams in 2021, appearing on defense in only three games. He finished with nine tackles. Hooker was the last of Ohio State's scholarship transfers to settle on a school, as well as the second to end up at a Football Championship Subdivision program after former Buckeyes linebacker K'Vaughan Pope announced last month that he was heading to Tennessee State. - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#999 FS) rSr/2023 FS Marcus HookerYoungstown State
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  Marcus Hooker's uneven Ohio State football career has apparently reached its conclusion. Cleveland.com confirmed a 247 Sports report that Hooker has entered the transfer portal. The senior safety became the fourth Buckeye to submit his intent to transfer since the Spring Game and the 10th on defense to do so since the end of last season. Hooker appeared on the verge of a breakthrough in 2020 when he beat out Josh Proctor for the free safety job to open the season. That position remained an area concern all season, however. When Hooker was injured late in the season, Proctor reclaimed the starting job and held it through the national championship game.

In the offseason, Hooker was arrested for the second time in his career for a drunk driving incident. He pled guilty to operating a vehicle while impaired and received a three-day suspended jail sentence, had his driver's license suspended for one year with limited driving privileges and paid a $375 fine. Hooker was originally suspended indefinitely but remained with the program and on scholarship. He played mostly special teams in 2021. - Raleigh News Observer


(DS#999 FS) rSr/2023 FS Marcus HookerYoungstown State
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  Michigan State saw two more players enter the transfer portal on Friday as fourth-year junior offensive lineman James Ohonba and fourth-year junior tight end Trenton Gillion were the latest to submit their name. Gillison (6-foot-4, 245 pounds) was a four-star recruit from Pickerington, Ohio, who played in two games as a true freshman in 2018 and showed plenty of promise, though he never was able to establish himself as the primary tight end. His best season was as a redshirt freshman in 2019 when he had 12 receptions for 147 yards, including four catches for 88 yards in the Pinstripe Bowl win over Wake Forest. Gillison appeared in four games in 2020 and played in six this season with one reception for 5 yards. - Detroit News

(DS#36 TE) rSr/2023 TE Trenton GillisonYoungstown State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB - Jaleel McLaughlin, Youngstown State,...It marks the second time that McLaughlin has been named All-MVFC after he earned second-team honors in the spring. In the fall, McLaughlin was one of two MVFC running backs to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark and he did it in 10 games. He rushed for 1,139 total yards on the season averaging 113.9 yards per contest, second-most in the league. In MVFC games, he had 893 yards on 133 carries, an average of 107.9 yards per contest. He scored 10 touchdowns on the season in league games. In his collegiate career, he has rushed for 6,578 yards which ranks him 14th in the NCAA history. - Youngstown State Football

(DS#27 RB) rSr/2023 RB Jaleel McLaughlinYoungstown State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): PK Colt McFadden,...McFadden showed strong accuracy throughout the season making 8-of-9 field goals and 29-of-30 PAT attempts. His lone field-goal miss was a 56-yard try at UNI that had the distance, but was just wide. In the opener against UIW, he kicked a game-tying field goal at the end of regulation and the winning field goal in overtime. In league play he was 5-of-6 on field-goal tries and 21-of-22 on PATs. He handled kickoff duties for the Guins recording 22 touchbacks on 48 kickoffs. - Youngstown State Football

(DS#999 K) rSr/2023 K Colt McFaddenYoungstown State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): OL Jaison Williams,...Williams consistently graded out as the Penguins' top lineman during the 2021 season. He helped pave the way for one of the best backs in the league in McLaughlin, who earned first-team all-league honors. Williams started all 10 games in the fall at guard (eight at right guard, two at left guard). - Youngstown State Football

(DS#86 OG) rJr/2024 OG Jaison WilliamsYoungstown State
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  2021 ALL-MISSOURI VALLEY FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): LB Grant Dixon,...Dixon also earned all-league honors for the second time in his career. He was a first-team All-MFVC pick in the spring and earned honorable-mention laurels this fall. He led the Penguins with 67 total tackles, including 40 solo stops and was the team's leading tackler by 16 tackles. In MVFC games had 54 total tackles, 35 of which were solos. He had nine tackles against Southern Illinois, North Dakota and Indiana State and posted six-or-more tackles in eight of 10 games. Dixon also added two sacks and two interceptions during the season. - Youngstown State Football

(DS#74 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Grant DixonYoungstown State
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  2021 MISSOURI VALLEY FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): #10 QB Demeatric Crenshaw, Youngstown State, 6-1, 215, RFr., Pickerington, Ohio (Central),...Crenshaw started nine games for the Penguins as a redshirt freshman...he completed 97-of-156 passes for 791 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 599 yards on 132 carries and scored seven times...in MVFC games, was 78-of-121 (64.5 percent) for 598 yards and five TDs and rushed for 449 yards on 94 attempts and had four scores...had 195 yards rushing against Missouri State and 134 against Western Illinois...had a season-high 198 yards passing at UNI...had two passing TDs against Southern Illinois and MSU...was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List. - Missouri Valley Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2025 QB Demeatric CrenshawYoungstown State
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  2021 MISSOURI VALLEY FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: QB Demeatric Crenshaw, Youngstown State,...Crenshaw started nine games for the Penguins as a redshirt freshman…he completed 97-of-156 passes for 791 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 599 yards on 132 carries and scored seven times...in MVFC games, was 78-of-121 (64.5 percent) for 598 yards and five TDs and rushed for 449 yards on 94 attempts and had four scores…had 195 yards rushing against Missouri State and 134 against Western Illinois...had a season-high 198 yards passing at UNI…had two passing TDs against Southern Illinois and MSU…was named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List. - Missouri Valley Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2025 QB Demeatric CrenshawYoungstown State
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  Jaleel McLaughlin ran for three touchdowns and Demeatric Crenshaw passed for two to lead Youngstown State to a 35-18 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday. McLaughlin ran for one touchdown and Crenshaw threw for both of his as the Penguins built a 21-3 lead five minutes into the second quarter. McLaughlin added a 38-yard TD run and Youngstown State (3-7, 2-6 Missouri Valley) went on to lead 28-18 at halftime before holding the Salukis scoreless in the second half.

McLaughlin's 35-yard run early in the third quarter capped the scoring. He finished with 185 yards on 25 carries as the Penguins gained 268 yards rushing. Crenshaw was 11-of-15 passing for 91 yards. Justin Strong led Southern Illinois (7-4, 5-3) with 107 yards rushing on nine carries, including a 67-yard nonscoring run. The Salukis had 264 yards on the ground. Nic Baker was 11-of-35 passing for 126 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for Southern Illinois. - Youngstown State/AP College Football


(DS#27 RB) rSr/2023 RB Jaleel McLaughlinYoungstown State
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  OCT 11 STATS FCS NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Demeatric Crenshaw, Youngstown State, QB, R-Fr., 6-1, 220, Pickerington, Ohio,...Crenshaw rushed for 195 yards to set Youngstown State's single-game record for a quarterback and accounted for three touchdowns in a 41-33 win over nationally ranked Missouri State in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. He carried the ball 22 times and basically put away the win with a 73-yard TD run with 40 seconds left. He completed 10 of 19 passes for 99 yards, including 28- and 8-yard TDs. Honorable Mention: Zevi Eckhaus, QB, Bryant; Gage Larvadain, WR/KR, Southeastern Louisiana; Shedeur Sanders, QB, Jackson State; Jeffrey Sexton, PK, Princeton; Jalyn Witcher, WR, Presbyterian. - STATS FCS Football

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2025 QB Demeatric CrenshawYoungstown State
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  Jaleel McLaughlin ran for two late touchdowns, a 22-yard burst up the middle and a 60-yard dash and Youngstown State handed Missouri State its first Missouri Valley Conference loss, 41-33 on Saturday. The teams combined to score 44 points in the fourth quarter, all but three in the final five minutes. Missouri State came into the game with a three-game win streak, including two straight to open conference play, but Youngstown State built a 17-3 lead in the first half. The Bears rallied to tie it at 20-all with 4:38 left on Jason Shelley's scoring pass to Ron Tiavaasue. Samuel St. Surin responded with a 75-yard kickoff return before Jaleel McLaughlin ran it in from 22 yards.

After stopping the Bears on their next possession, McLaughlin ran 60 yards to score. Missouri State reduced the deficit to one score on Shelley's 27-yard score to Tyrone Scott. Demeatric Crenshaw put the game out of reach with a 72-yard run in the final minute. The Penguins (2-3, 1-2) limited the Bears to 101 yards rushing and forced four turnovers and snapped a three-game skid. Crenshaw threw for 99 yards and ran for 195. McLaughlin had 156 yards on 19 carries. Shelley threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns, but was picked off twice. Scott had eight catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The Penguins now have won five of its last six meetings with the Bears, including eight of the last 10 meetings at home and lead the all-time series, 16-6. - Youngstown State/AP College Football


(DS#27 RB) rSr/2023 RB Jaleel McLaughlinYoungstown State
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  SEPT 27 MISSOURI VALLEY NOTABLE PERFORMANCE: TB Jaleel McLaughlin, Youngstown State - McLaughlin finished with 136 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns for the Penguins against Western Illinois. He had three rushing scores in the first half. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

(DS#27 RB) rSr/2023 RB Jaleel McLaughlinYoungstown State
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  SEPT 27 MISSOURI VALLEY NOTABLE PERFORMANCE: QB Demeatric Crenshaw, Youngstown State - Crenshaw rushed for 134 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns while completing 13-of-22 passes for 76 yards against Western Illinois. - Missouri Valley Conference Football

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