YSU roundup

YSU roundup

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Accepting the challenge: Youngstown State coach Eric Wolford accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after Saturday’s practice, getting doused by quarterbacks Tanner Garry and Ricky Davis. The activity has raised more than $4 million in donations to battle amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Participants are asked to either film a video of themselves getting doused or donate $100 to charity. (If you get doused, you’re asked to donate $10.) Wolford was challenged by Steve Pinciaro, YSU’s coordinator of athletic business and facilities. “It’s a shock, I can tell you that,” Wolford said afterward. “It raises your heart rate, so if you didn’t work out today, you can always get an ice bucket dumped on you.” Wolford challenged South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier (who was his boss when he was the Gamecocks’ offensive line coach in 2009), Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops (who recruited Wolford to Kansas State when he played at Ursuline) and Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. “I put it out to them boys, so we’ll see how they like it,” he said. “If not, they’ll be able to donate a lot of money. All of those guys have a lot of money, so ALS capitalizes on their check.” When asked if he’d like to end this season with another ice bath, Wolford smiled and said, “That’d be good. I just hope it’s not that cold.”

Play of the day: Junior cornerback Kenneth Durden made the best play of Saturday’s scrimmage, leaping for a one-handed interception in the back corner of the end zone on Hunter Wells’ pass attempt to I’tavious Harvin. “I knew I was gonna have control,” Durden said. “I seen it coming and went up and grabbed it and came down and wouldn’t let go. I showed it to the ref afterward.” Durden transferred to YSU from South Florida after his January arrest for felony marijuana possession. “I was just talking to [cornerbacks coach Glenn] Davis, looking for a second chance coming from USF and I made it up here,” he said. Durden said YSU plays more zone than USF’s man-heavy defense, but hasn’t had trouble adjusting. “Defense is easy for corners to catch on,” he said. “It’s not a very hard position to learn the defense.” Adjusting to the weather has been a little tougher for the Valdosta, Ga., native. “Whooo,” he said. “It’s been rough, but I’m getting used to it. I can’t wait until winter comes. Right now it’s probably 90 degrees in Florida.”

Joe Scalzo

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