With two more seasons of eligibility after this one, quarterback Kurt Hess seems to be on his way to rewriting the Youngstown State record book.
The Chaminade Julienne graduate moved into third place on the school’s all-time list with 42 career TD passes by tossing a pair in a 59-0 bludgeoning of Valparaiso a week ago. He needs 131 passing yards today against Albany to become the fifth YSU quarterback to reach 5,000.
Tom Zetts (2003-07) holds the YSU records for career passing yards (7,643) and TD passes (51).
Hess might have piled up countless more yards and TDs against Valpo, but he got a good chunk of the day off as the Penguins — who had shocked Pitt in their opener — led by seven touchdowns at halftime.
No surprise that Hess can be prolific at times. At CJ he threw for more than 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns. He was the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s freshman of the year last season, becoming the first YSU frosh to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season and 200 yards in five straight games.
Tackle machine: Linebacker Chris Borland (Alter) has one of Wisconsin’s two quarterback sacks through two games and is second on the team with 15 tackles. The Badgers are 1-1, beating Northern Iowa at home and losing at Oregon State.
The Sporting News this summer quoted one head coach at a rival BCS school saying this about Borland: “He ain’t but 5-9, if that. But he’s all of everything you’d want in a middle linebacker.”
A redshirt junior listed at 5-11, 240 pounds on Wisconsin’s website, Borland tied for seventh in the nation in tackles (143) last season and second in the Big Ten in stops behind the line of scrimmage (19).
Bouncing back: Fifth-year senior Roy Roundtree (Trotwood-Madison), thought to be Michigan’s No. 1 receiver entering the season, has caught three passes for 17 yards through two games. While that may not seem like much, the fact that he’s even on the field after mid-August arthroscopic knee surgery is quite an accomplishment.
Roundtree, the only UM receiver with significant starting experience, injured his knee early in fall camp. He is hoping to bounce back after seeing his reception total diminish from 72 to 19 last season.
Longest yard: Redshirt sophomore cornerback Jordan Paschal (Trotwood-Madison) recovered his first career fumble in Louisville’s 35-7 win over Missouri State last week and returned it 74 yards, falling 1 yard short of a touchdown. The Cardinals (2-0) scored on the next play.
• It has not taken freshman volleyball player Megan Courtney (Alter) long to make an impact at Penn State. As of midweek, she was fourth on the team with 42 kills, averaging 1.75 per set, which also ranked fourth. She started seven of the first eight matches as the No. 4-ranked Nittany Lions went 7-1.
• Kicked out of two junior colleges, basketball standout Geron Johnson (Dunbar) arrives at Memphis with more baggage than a Samsonite commercial. But Kris Baumann, who coached him at Garden City (Kan.) Community College, thinks the 6-foot-2 combo guard he will prosper. “I really don’t consider it that big of a risk, to be honest,” he told Yahoo! Sports. In the same interview, Baumann described Johnson as a “poor man’s Russell Westbrook.”
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