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YSU notebook More from Stambaugh Stadium



Published: Sun, September 8, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

YSU notebook More from Stambaugh Stadium

Playing to his potential: YSU linebacker Travis Williams, who transferred from the University of Miami (Fla.) two years ago, is finally starting to live up to his potential in his third year as a starter. A week after drawing raves for his performance against Dayton — “He was electric,” YSU coach Eric Wolford said — Williams had two tackles for loss against Morehead State, including a bone-crunching sack of QB Logan Johnson in the first quarter. Williams said he spent his first two years learning how to play in the box and playing in more of a (crouched) linebacker stance, as opposed to a (stand-up) pass-rushing defensive end. “I’m playing with a lot more bent knees and flexibility,” he said. “I’m seeing pullers [pulling offensive linemen] much faster, seeing the play before it happens and just shooting to the ball.” Williams also is leading YSU in nearly-disruptive plays, shooting into the backfield too quickly, then getting juked. “He had a chance to make some electrifying tackles,” Wolford said. “I think sometimes he just goes too fast. He’s got to slow down a little bit and bend his knees. He’s the guy that glaringly stands out on the football field as far as just having another gear as everyone out there.”

Going for two: YSU holder/QB Dante Nania hit a slanting TE Kintrell Disher on a two-point conversion after the Penguins’ first touchdown. When asked why he went for two, Wolford said, “I wanted to make sure when people play us in the future, they’re lining up correctly and making them work during the week, spending a little extra time on that formation.”

Injury report: Senior RB Adaris Bellamy, who ran for a career-high 203 yards last week, sat out Saturday’s game with an ankle injury. Starting linebackers Dom Rich (strained quad) and Teven Williams (sprained knee) also sat out.

This and that: Sophomore WR Michael Wheary, whose mom was a Morehead State cheerleader, caught three passes for 55 yards. ... CBS analyst and former New York Giants QB Phil Simms played for Morehead State from 1975-78. ... YSU redshirt freshman DB David Rivers made a fourth-quarter interception on the first defensive play of his career.

Joe Scalzo


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