By Joe Scalzo
Youngstown State’s latest transfer came at the perfect time.
With senior cornerback Dale Peterman suspended indefinitely, the Penguins picked up some cornerback depth Wednesday with the arrival of DeVon McKoy, a transfer from Bowling Green.
McKoy (5-foot-10, 178 pounds) started seven of the eight games he played in as a redshirt freshman two years ago, making 34 tackles with four pass break-ups. He appeared in all 11 games last fall but started just one, making 19 tackles with three pass break-ups.
McKoy earned honorable mention academic all-Mid-American Conference both seasons. McKoy, who has two years of eligibility remaining, got his release earlier in the week and is immediately eligible.
His arrival was unrelated to Peterman’s suspension, YSU coach Eric Wolford said.
“We’re excited about that addition,” Wolford said. “You guys will get a chance probably to see him in pads on Friday and see what he can do.”
While Wolford prefers junior college transfers to FBS transfers, he’s had good success with players from Bowling Green. Senior left tackle Kyle Bryant transferred to YSU last season and started the final six games. He is projected to start at left tackle again this fall. Also, defensive tackle Andrew Johnson was a two-year starter from 2010-11, earning second team all-conference honors as a senior.
Also, freshman RB Darin Franklin left the team last weekend. The Monroeville, Pa., native was a walk-on.