Penguins receive national honors

DT Mychal Savage is
a preseason first-team
All-America selection.

CHICAGO, Ill. — Three Youngstown State football players have been named to the College Sporting News 2007 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America teams.

Junior defensive tackle Mychal Savage was named to the first team while senior linebacker James Terry and senior tight end Louis Irizarry were selected to the third team.

The Gateway Football Conference was well represented with nine selections.

Last season

Savage, a first-team All-Gateway pick as a sophomore, had an impressive campaign last year. He finished with 54 total tackles, including 5.5 for losses.

Terry posted another strong campaign last year and is a two-time first-team All-Gateway pick. He had 76 tackles last year, including 101⁄2 for losses and 51⁄2 sacks.

Irizarry, a 2006 Gateway Football Conference All-Newcomer Team pick, caught 25 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns in his first year with the program in 2006.

Summer nears end

The Penguins begin fall camp on August 5.

Defending national champion Appalachian State leads the way on the teams with five players named overall.

Mountaineer senior tailback Kevin Richardson, who rushed a season-high 30 times for 179 yards and four touchdowns in the national title game last year to guide ASU to their second straight crown, is joined on the first team by teammate Kerry Brown, who was chosen at offensive guard.

McNeese State and Northern Iowa both placed four players on the All-America teams while Cal Poly, Furman, Montana, North Dakota State, Portland State and South Dakota State also landed three players each on the 75-player squad.

There were nine schools that received two selections.

Forty-two different schools and each of the 15 conferences received All-America picks led by the Southern Conference with 12 selections and the Big Sky and Great West with 11 each.

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