Corey Henry, a freshman from Strong Vincent, and Mason Giacomelli, a redshirt freshman from McDowell, are among five former District 10 standouts who are on the Youngstown State football roster this season.
Youngstown State is a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) program that competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The two-time defending FCS national champion, North Dakota State, competes in the conference and again is the No. 1-ranked team in the FCS.
Henry will play tight end at YSU after playing mostly fullback at Vincent. He is listed at 6 feet 3 inches, 230 pounds. Giacomelli is a 6-foot 1-inch, 275-pound center.
Sharbaugh is listed as the No. 2 tight end on the Penguins’ depth chart. The 6-foot 5-inch, 260-pounder has 21 career receptions for 223 yards in 31 career games with YSU. He has two career touchdown receptions, including a 1-yard TD catch at North Dakota State in 2012.
Bell, a 6-foot 5-inch, 295-pound offensive guard, is listed No. 2 on the depth chart at left guard. Palumbo, a linebacker, is listed at 6 feet 1 inch, 220 pounds on the Penguins’ roster.
The Penguins open the season a week from today at home against Dayton. YSU, which has not shied away from playing major-college teams, will visit Michigan State on Sept. 14.The Big Ten Network will televise that game. The Penguins will host North Dakota State on Nov. 16.
YSU started the 2012 season with four straight wins, including a 31-17 opening win over Pitt. However, the Penguins then went on a four-game losing streak. They closed the year with a three-game win streak to finish with a 7-4 overall record (4-4 MVC).
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor