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A few words about Jon Heacock

Jon Heacock may not have been a reporter's coach but he was a player's coach and a coach's coach.

It's rant day.

Today is Rant Day -- a holiday I just made up -- and in honor of Rant Day, I'm going to talk about YSU's opener against Michigan State.

Depth chart has different look

YSU's first depth chart contains a couple familiar faces -- and a lot of new ones.

Second scrimmage thoughts

Thoughts after YSU's second scrimmage.

The bubble and "The Beard"

Based on what I've seen in practices and in Saturday's scrimmage, there are quite a few starters in danger of losing their jobs to newcomers. And the two positions facing the biggest shakeup are wide receiver and linebacker.

First-week impressions

Before training camp started, I voted YSU fifth in the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll. (They ended up eighth.) After watching the first week of practice and the first scrimmage, I think fifth is low. This looks like a third- or fourth-place team. Here are five thoughts after the first week:

Five minutes with Zach Larson

Andrew Radakovich is 6-foot-6, 325 pounds. A former Penn State recruit, he's generally considered Youngstown State's best lineman. He's also known for his sense of humor and his prodigious eating ability. At some point this summer, Radakovich decided to let his hair grow out into what looks like a perm. This, I decided, needed addressed.