YSU puts nine players on All-MVFC list

Staff report


Youngstown State senior center Chris Elkins, senior punter Nick Liste and sophomore return specialist Andre Stubbs were named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s first team.

In all, YSU (8-4, 5-3 MVFC) had nine players named to the all-conference team.

Freshman tailback Martin Ruiz, senior quarterback Kurt Hess and junior linebacker Teven Williams were second-team picks while senior defensive end Kyle Sirl, senior fullback Carson Sharbaugh and junior tight end Nate Adams were honorable mention selections.

Elkins, who moved from guard to center for his senior campaign, earned first-team all-conference honors for the second consecutive season. He started all 12 contests at center this season helping pave the way for Ruiz, who was the MVFC freshman and newcomer of the year, while Hess threw for more than 2,000 yards for the fourth straight campaign. Elkins is the first Penguin since Brad Samsa (2007-08) to earn first-team recognition in two straight years.

Stubbs is just the second Penguin to be named first-team All-MVFC as a return specialist, joining Jerald Burley (2001). Stubbs led the conference in kickoff return average at 26.9 yards per return.

Liste is the third YSU punter to be named first-team all-conference, joining Joe Bishop (2006) and Anthony Rozzo (1999).

The Niles High graduate crushed the school record for punting average at 44.2 yards per punt. He led the conference in punting average, the first YSU punter to do so.

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