The Youngstown State football team held its first practice under new Head Coach Doug Phillips on Tuesday morning at Stambaugh Stadium. The defense practiced for an hour while the offense also worked out for an hour.
Phillips and his staff were finally able to get on the field with the Penguins after months of virtual meetings, two months of workouts with the strength and conditioning staff and two weeks of walk throughs.
"Quarterbacks threw the football, kickers kicked and guys were able to go through the motions of a practice," Phillips said. "It was a special day for us to get out here. It was great therapy for all of us. With the fall right now and you don't know where it is, I'd rather be around our kids. I think our kids want to be around each other instead of just sitting a room by themselves. For us, it was great therapy."
YSU has a large group of players in camp. The Guins had seven quarterbacks take snaps during the offensive session.
Another new part of practice was a player wearing a No. 0 jersey. The NCAA allowed the use of the number starting this season and freshman long snapper Sam Merryman will be the first player in program history to wear the number.
After the workout, Head Athletic Trainer Ethan Solger praised the team work wearing masks at the proper times and practicing social distancing in the locker room, training room and on the field.
The Penguins are set to continue practice on Wednesday morning at Stambaugh Stadium.