Safety dance: Penguins have depth


By Brian Dzenis

bdzenis@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Strong safety is one of the more fluid positions for Youngstown State’s football team.

Last week, senior Solomon Warfield started against the Pittsburgh Panthers, but this week sophomore Kyle Hegedus had his spot and finished the day leading the Penguins in tackles with nine.

“Ever since halftime at Pitt, [defensive coordinator Carl Pelini] said, ‘You know what? We have nothing to lose, so let’s be aggressive, make tackles, fly around and have fun,’” Hegedus said. “That pretty much stuck with me and that’s what led to my success so far.”

Warfield, who knows Hegedus from their time a Lakewood St. Edward, still saw some time on the field during the Penguins 30-0 shutout win against Robert Morris.

“We have three or four safeties that we have a lot of confidence in,” YSU head coach Bo Pelini said. “Kyle started the game and got hot. He’s a good football player and he’s going to be a good player for us.”

Hegedus is back in action this year after missing last season with a torn ACL.

“Oh my gosh, seeing us going to the national championship definitely hurt a little bit inside,” Hegedus said. “Now that I can actually get back out there doing the things I can do with the guys, there’s nothing better. I absolutely love it.”

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

Poland graduate Adam Wollet was a bright spot for Robert Morris at linebacker, leading his team with 12 tackles.

OUT FOR THE YEAR

The team confirmed that defensive tackle Cody Squiric is out of for the season. He was deemed medically unfit to play from an unspecified issue. He can be eligible to play next year.

Squiric, a junior, had 26 tackles and two sacks for the Penguins last year.

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