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Shane Montgomery
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach

Shane Montgomery, one of the top play callers in the FCS, is in his seventh season as Youngstown State's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. While at YSU he has coached the top quarterback and and one of the best running backs in the programs history.

In his six years with the program, the Penguins have consistently put up impressive offensive numbers. In each season, YSU has thrown for more than 2,000 yards and rushed for more than 2,000 yards. The program has accomplished the feat 14 times in school history with the eight other times coming in seasons where the Guins reached the postseason.

Additionally in the past six seasons with Montgomery as the Offensive Coordinator: YSU has scored more than 27 points on 44 occasions and had more than 400 yards of total offense 35 times; the Penguins have scored 154 rushing touchdowns and 110 passing touchdowns; YSU has thrown for more than 2,000 yards and rushing for more than 2,000 yards in each campaign since 2010; completed nearly 60 percent of its passes and YSU has attempted more than 448 rushing attempts in each year and attempted 292 passes or more in each season.

In his first year on Bo Pelini's staff in 2015, the offense continued its run of success. YSU had 2,198 yards rushing and 2,117 yards passing in just 11 games. The Penguins averaged 392.3 yards per game of total offense and 29.4 points per contest.

Tailbacks Martin Ruiz and Jody Webb combined for 1,569 yards rushing, wide receivers Andre Stubbs and Andrew Williams had 71 receptions for 1,054 yards and quarterback Hunter Wells threw for a career-high 1,975 yards.

In 2014, Wells was the runner-up for conference Freshman-of-the-Year accolades while finishing sixth in voting for the Jerry Rice Award, which honors the FCS's top freshman. Wells threw for 1,772 yards and 14 touchdowns while completing 121-of-202 passes. YSU's two quarterbacks during the year combined for 2,556 yards, completed 171-of-293 passes and had 20 touchdowns. The 2,556 yards passing was the second most in school history behind the 1999 season in which the Guins had 2,722 yards.

Wells threw for more than 200 yards on five occasions while Dante Nania also had a 200-yard plus passing game. In his starting debut, Wells threw four touchdown passes in a win over Butler. YSU had a TD pass in each of the final 11 games.

Montgomery helped four-year starting quarterback Kurt Hess (2010-13) rewrite the Penguins' record books in his first four campaign as the coordinator. Hess, who started 45 consecutive games, finished his career as the school-record holder in completions (706), attempts (1,135), yards (8,925), touchdown passes (75), yards per game (198.4), 200-yard passing games (24), passer rating (144.96), TDs responsible for (87), four-touchdown passing games (six), total offensive yards (9,459) and total offense per game (210.2).

Tailback Jamaine Cook finished his career in 2012 with 4,052 yards rushing. He became just the second player in school history to rush for more than 4,000 yards in a career. Cook rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Ruiz picked up right were Cook left off running for 1,094 yards as a freshman in 2013 and 1,320 yards as a sophomore in 2014.

Despite replacing a four-year starter at quarterback in 2014, the offense continued to have success under Montgomery.

YSU averaged 213.0 yards passing and 202.2 yards rushing per contest in 12 games. It was just the second time in school history that YSU averaged more than 200 yards rushing and passing per game. The Guins threw for 2,556 yards while rushing for 2,427. The Penguins had 21 touchdown rushes and 20 touchdown passes during the campaign.

Ruiz had a career-best 1,320 yards on 265 attempts while junior wide receiver Andrew Williams had the best year of his career with 54 receptions for 976 yards and six scores. Ruiz and fellow TB Jody Webb combined for more than 2,000 yards on the ground and scored 19 touchdowns.

In 2013, the Guins had a very-balanced offense averaging 204.8 yards passing and 195.8 yards rushing to post an 8-4 overall record, which included a six-game winning streak and 5-0 conference start. Hess - a second-team All-MVFC pick - passed for 2,229 yards marking the fourth straight season he eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark.

YSU had 31 rushing touchdowns and 23 passing scores on the year. It was just the third 30-20 campaign in school history joining the 1999 and 1979 squads in the department. The 31 rushing scores were the most since 2006 while the 23 passing scores were the second most in school history. Impressive, seven players caught at least two touchdown passes, a first for the program.

Also, YSU threw just seven interceptions - the fewest since 2007 - and tied the school-mark with three 50-plus point performances. For the campaign, YSU averaged 33.8 points per game, scoring 405 for the year. The Penguins set a school record for total offensive with 718 yards in a win over Morehead State. Amazingly, YSU had 359 yards rushing and passing in the contest.

A new face emeraged to help carry the load on offense in Ruiz. Ruiz set school freshman marks with 192 attempts, 1,094 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. A second-team all-conference selection he was the league's Freshman and Newcomer of the Year.

In the red zone, YSU was 43-of-47 (91.5 percent) and finished second in the FCS in that category behind Coastal Carolina.

While 2012 wasn't a record breaker, the numbers are still impressive. YSU averaged 28.9 points per game, 198.8 yards passing per contest and 187.3 per game on the ground.  The Penguins had 22 scoring drives that lasted 10-or-more plays. YSU had 25 scoring drives of 70-plus yards, including eight of 80-or-more yards. YSU tied the school-record for 3rd-down conversion percentage at 51.9 percent (1989). Cook had 1,279 yards rushing while Hess had 2,112 yards passing for the year.

In 2011, the Guins had one of the best offensive units in school history.

The offensive unit set school records for total yards per game (458.6), points per game (36.2) and touchdown passes (27). In the 11-game regular season, YSU was the lone FCS program to rush and pass for more than 2,500 yards. The Penguins scored 53 offensive touchdowns and racked up a total of 398 points.

Youngstown State ranked third in passing efficiency nationally (FCS), was fourth in first downs per game, fifth in total offense per game, sixth in red-zone offense and seventh in per game scoring and time of possession. Additionally, the Penguins ranked fourth in fewest fumbles lost, fifth in turnovers lost, seventh in tackles for loss allowed, 10th in rushing offense (231.1 yards per game), 10th in fourth-down conversion percentage, 11th in sacks allowed and 14th in third-down conversion percentage.

Hess became the first Penguin quarterback to be named first-team All-MVFC since YSU joined the league in 1997. Hess is just the second sophomore in the 30-year history of the conference to be a first-team all-league pick at quarterback. Hess set the school record for single-season touchdown passes (26), completion percentage (64.5), 200-yard games (eight), touchdown passes in consecutive games (11) and touchdown passes in a game (5 vs. Missouri State).

For the first time since 1979 (and only the second in school history) the Penguins had a quarterback throw for at least four touchdowns in a game (Hess did it three times) and have a player score four times in a game (Cook vs. Saint Francis). Cook was a first-team All-MVFC selection, finishing with eight 100-yard rushing performances and had at least 90 yards in 10 contests on the year.

In 2010, YSU set a then school record with 412 total offensive yards per game, and the 31.3 points per game ranked fifth. The Penguins showed good balance with 215 yards coming on the ground and 197 via the air.

YSU had three offensive performances of more than 500 yards, the first time that has occurred in school history. The Penguins also set the school record for first downs in a game (33 at Illinois State) and tied the mark for points scored (63 vs. Central Connecticut State). The Guins scored at least 24 points in nine contests and had at least one touchdown in every game for the first time since 2001.

Hess, a redshirt freshman in 2010, became the first player in school history to pass for more than 200 yards in three consecutive games as he did it five straight weeks during the season. Hess set school freshman records for yards, attempts and completions. His 2,117 yards were the eighth most by a quarterback in school history. For his efforts he was selected as the MVFC Freshman of the Year.

Montgomery has coached at the Division I level his entire 20-plus year career. Before coming to YSU he spent nine seasons in the Mid-American Conference. Montgomery's tenure at Miami was highlighted by an appearance in the MAC Championship game in 2007 and a share of the East Division title in 2005. Overall, he was 17-31 as the head coach from 2004-08. He took over the program prior to the 2004 Independence Bowl.

While at Miami from 2001-08, he coached the two most prolific quarterbacks in school history in Roethlisberger (2001-03) and Josh Betts (2004-05). The two signal callers combined for 17,845 yards, 1,395 completions and 138 touchdowns.

He joined Head Coach Eric Wolford's staff after spending one season as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Akron.

Montgomery served as the RedHawks' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2001-04. While serving in that capacity, he was a two-time finalist for the Frank Broyles Award, which annually goes to the nation's top assistant coach.

During his time, mentoring Roethlisberger, an All-American and now two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, Miami's passing offense was ranked no lower than 27th, while the RedHawks ranked second in the NCAA in total offense in 2003 (501.14 yards per game).

In his first year as the offensive coordinator, the MU passing offense went from 37th in the 2000 to 27th in 2001, improving to 19th in 2002 and fourth in 2003.

The RedHawks posted a 7-4 mark and a share of a third-straight MAC East Division title in his first full season as Miami head coach. That squad won five of its last six games, placed 11 on the All-MAC first and second teams and saw seven sign NFL contracts.

In 2006, Miami won two games, but wide receiver Ryne Robinson become a fourth-round selection of the Carolina Panthers. Robinson, a two-time All-MAC pick, finished his career as the program's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. Also one of the most explosive punt returners in the nation, Robinson finished as the MAC's career leader in punt return yardage and punt return touchdowns and was tabbed as the 2004 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year.

In 2007, Miami used a 17-14 win over BCS member Syracuse to start a run, winning four of five MAC games en route to a 5-2 league scoresheet and 4-2 record in the East Division. Two of those four wins were over Bowling Green and Buffalo, each of whom were also 4-2, giving Miami the tiebreaker and the right to play in the MAC Championship game. That season the RedHawks led the MAC in scoring defense and placing second in total defense. Clayton Mullins was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2008, MU had four first-team all-conference selections, bosting the top punter and placekicker in the league.

Montgomery was there for the start of Roethlisberger's career and, three years later, the MAC Player of the Year put together a career that now has him 18th in the NCAA with his career of average of 291.4 yards of total offense per game and 27th in the NCAA with 11,075 career passing yards.

Roethlisberger finished his three-year career as Miami's all-time leader in passing yards (10,829), completions (854) and passing touchdowns (84).

In addition to ranking second nationally in total offense in 2003, Miami shattered the MAC record for total yards in a season (7,016) and most combined touchdowns with 74.

Betts stepped in to keep the offense rolling for the RedHawks upon Big Ben's departure. In just two seasons, Betts ranked among the nation's top 20 in passing twice and finished as Miami's second all-time leading passer with 7,029 yards. He also threw 54 career touchdowns and completed 58.2 percent (541-of-929) of his passes all-time. He signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts.

Overall, he guided Miami to four of the top six offensive seasons, based on yards per game, in the program's history.

Montgomery has a strong familiarity with the Football Championship Subdivision after coaching as an assistant at Chattanooga from 1993-2000.

He began as quarterbacks coach and saw his role expand to wide receivers coach, co-offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. During his time as offensive coordinator with the Mocs, he oversaw the development of NFL All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens.

In Montgomery's final two years at UTC, the Mocs ranked fourth nationally in passing (326.5 avg.) and 19th in total offense (452.91 avg.) in 1999, while ranking second in passing (339.09 avg.) and eighth in total offense (453.55 avg.) in 2000.

Mocs quarterback Chris Sanders rewrote the school's passing record book in just two seasons during those campaigns. Sanders threw for 7,230 yards, including 22 200-yard passing games and a dozen 300-yard passing contests. He completed a school-record 584 passes and set the mark for career TD passes with 49.

Wide receiver Cos DeMatteo ranked second in school history in career receptions (166) and touchdown catches (23). He had 11 touchdown grabs in both 1999 and 2000. In 2000, Richmond Flowers caught a then-school record 86 passes for a then-best 1,035 yards.

Montgomery was a standout quarterback at North Carolina State from 1986-89.

He was a three-year starter at quarterback and led the Wolfpack to two straight bowl berths, earning Offensive MVP at the 1988 Peach Bowl and the 1989 Copper Bowl.

Montgomery was a second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a senior and finished his career completing 421-of-746 passes for 5,298 yards and 31 touchdowns. He still owns the N.C. State record for most passing yards in a game, 535, set versus Duke in 1989.

He played one year with the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks of the World League of American Football in 1991 following his NCSU career.

He served as a graduate assistant for Coach Dick Sheridan in 1991 and 1992.

A native of Newark, Ohio, he led Newark Catholic to the Ohio Division V State Championship in 1984 under coach J.D. Graham. In 2001, he was inducted into his high school's Hall of Fame.

Shane and his wife, Sandy, have two sons, Tanner and Trent.


Carmen Bricillo
Offensive Line Coach / Run Game Coordinator

Carmen Bricillo, a native of Western Pennsylvania, coaches the offensive line for the Penguins. Bricillo also serves as the program's Run Game Coordinator.

A tireless and well respected recruiter in his hometown region, two of Bricillo's offensive linemen - Chris Elkins and Kyle Bryant - were invited to the East-West Shrine Game in January 2014. Previously only one Penguin (Harry Deligianis in 1998) had attended the game. In 2013, Elkins was the Penguins' first offensive line All-America selection since 2008.

During his six years as a member of the coaching staff, the offensive line has played a key role in the success and improvement of the program.

Only 18 times in the 68 games over the past six campaigns have the Guins allowed more than one sack. Eight of those came in 2010 and 2014 when freshmen quarterbacks saw starting time. In fact, YSU has surrendered just 63 sacks in the last 58 contests.

Additionally in the past six seasons: YSU has scored more than 27 points on 44 occasions and had more than 400 yards of total offense 35 times; the Penguins have scored 154 rushing touchdowns and 110 passing touchdowns; YSU has thrown for more than 2,000 yards and rushing for more than 2,000 yards in each campaign since 2010; completed nearly 60 percent of its passes and YSU has attempted more than 448 rushing attempts in each year and attempted 292 passes or more in each season.

During 2015, injuries made things challenging at the position. However, with only one senior and one player (Justin Spencer) who started every game, YSU buckled down and allowed just four sacks in the final seven games of the season. Eight lineman, including three different centers, started at times during the campaign.

In the final five games of the campaign, YSU employed a dual-quarterback system as well to add to the lines responsibilities. The Guins attempted 15 more passes in one fewer game than in 2014 and in both years they allowed just 14 sacks.

For the year, the Guins had 2,198 yards rushing and 2,117 passing for averages of 199.8 and 192.5 per contest.

In 2014, YSU averaged 213.0 yards passing and 202.2 yards rushing per contest in 12 games for an average of 415.2 yards a game. It was just the second time in school history that YSU averaged more than 200 yards rushing and passing per game in the same season. The Guins threw for 2,556 yards while rushing for 2,427. The Penguins had 21 touchdown rushes and 20 touchdown passes during the campaign.

A young line helped pave the way as TB Martin Ruiz had a career-best 1,320 yards on 265 attempts while wide receiver Andrew Williams had the best year of his career with 54 receptions for 976 yards and six scores. Ruiz and fellow TB Jody Webb combined for more than 2,000 yards on the ground and scored 19 touchdowns.

During the 2014 slate, YSU's line had just one senior in center Stephen Page. The Penguins consistently started a junior, two sophomores and a redshirt freshman. Spencer, a redshirt freshman, was named to the MVFC's All-Newcomer squad in his first year as a starter.

In 2013, Elkins was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press and was a third-team honoree by The Sports Network. He moved from guard to center for the campaign and helped lead a fairly inexperienced group, even though four seniors were starters. Bryant had a strong year at left tackle to earn a trip to the East-West Shrine Game along with Elkins.

YSU's line helped opened holes for Ruiz, who was named the MVFC's Newcomer and Freshman of the Year after rushing for a school-freshman record 1,094 yards. He was the first freshman running back in MVFC play since 1993 to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark.

The offensive unit averaged 33.8 points per game, 204.8 yards passing, 195.8 yards rushing and 400.6 yards of total offense per contest. The Guins tied a school record with by scoring 50-or-more points in three games during the year. YSU started the campaign 8-1, which included a six-game winning streak. That was the best start and longest winning streak since 2001. In the process, the Guins started league play 5-0 for the first time ever and set a school standard winning eight consecutive conference games.

In 2012, YSU allowed just eight sacks, the fewest in a season in the program's history. The offense ran a total of 788 total offensive plays during the campaign, including 292 pass attempts. In the FCS, the Penguins were seventh in fewest sacks allowed per game.

Headlining the group guards were Elkins, a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference pick, and Lamar Mady. Elkins was the Guins' first first-team all-league honoree since 2008. Mady, an honorable-mention all-league selection, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders. Mady made his NFL debut in November and played in seven games for Oakland in his rookie year during the 2013 season.

YSU averaged 386.1 yards per contest with 198.8 coming through the air and 187.3 per game coming via the ground in 2012. Tailback Jamaine Cook reaped the benefits of the lines work becoming just the second player in school history to rush for more than 4,000 yards in a career.

In 2011, the offensive line was a part of a unit that set school records for total yards per game (458.6), points per game (36.2) and total touchdown receptions (27). In the regular season, YSU was the lone FCS program to rush and pass for more than 2,500 yards.

Youngstown State ranked fifth nationally in total offense per game and seventh in per game scoring. Additionally, the Penguins ranked 10th in rushing offense (231.1 yards per game) and 11th in sacks allowed per game (0.82). In nearly 300 passing plays, the line surrendered just nine sacks. The nine sacks allowed was the lowest total in a season since 2007 while the rushing average was the highest since 2001. YSU was also seventh at the FCS level in fewest tackles for loss allowed.

The unit had the same starters in 10 of 11 games for the campaign. Individually, junior center Mark Pratt was a second-team All-MVFC selection while Elkins was an honorable-mention all-conference pick. Most impressively, the Penguins did not have one senior on the line in 2011.

In 2010, the Penguins offensive line helped pave the way for a then school-record 412 yards of total offense per game, including 215 a contest on the ground.

YSU also averaged 31.3 points per game, the fifth-highest single-season output in school history. Nationally, the Guins ranked in the top 25 in fewest sacks allowed.

The Penguins had two All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selections in second-team pick Bobby Coates and honorable-mention selection Eric Rodemoyer.

In each of the past two years YSU has averaged more than 200 yards rushing. Those seasons are just the third and fourth time in the past 17 years that YSU has rushed for more than 200 yards per contest.

Bricillo spent the 2009 season as an offensive assistant coach at Illinois. He worked with the offensive line for the Illini assisting coach Joe Gilbert.

He spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Akron assisting with the coaching of offensive tackles and tight ends on J.D. Brookhart's staff. He originally joined the Zips staff in 2006 as the school's director of video services.

Bricillo was a center at Duquesne, starting 32 games in his college career. He earned first-team all-conference honors in both 1995 and 1996, while leading the Dukes to two league championships and 10-1 records in each campaign playing for Greg Gattuso. The 1995 squad won the school's first-ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater in the spring of 2005 as the offensive line coach for the Dukes. In the 2005 season, the team posted a 7-3 record and won a conference title. Bricillo also tutored four linemen and his tight end to all-conference accolades.

Prior to joining the staff at Duquesne, Bricillo spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana Area High School.

The Shelocta, Pa., native and a graduate of Indiana High School earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Duquesne in 1999. He completed his master's in sports science and coaching from Akron in 2009.


Brian Crist
Wide Receivers Coach

Carmen Bricillo, a native of Western Pennsylvania, coaches the offensive line for the Penguins. Bricillo also serves as the program's Run Game Coordinator.

A tireless and well respected recruiter in his hometown region, two of Bricillo's offensive linemen - Chris Elkins and Kyle Bryant - were invited to the East-West Shrine Game in January 2014. Previously only one Penguin (Harry Deligianis in 1998) had attended the game. In 2013, Elkins was the Penguins' first offensive line All-America selection since 2008.

During his six years as a member of the coaching staff, the offensive line has played a key role in the success and improvement of the program.

Only 18 times in the 68 games over the past six campaigns have the Guins allowed more than one sack. Eight of those came in 2010 and 2014 when freshmen quarterbacks saw starting time. In fact, YSU has surrendered just 63 sacks in the last 58 contests.

Additionally in the past six seasons: YSU has scored more than 27 points on 44 occasions and had more than 400 yards of total offense 35 times; the Penguins have scored 154 rushing touchdowns and 110 passing touchdowns; YSU has thrown for more than 2,000 yards and rushing for more than 2,000 yards in each campaign since 2010; completed nearly 60 percent of its passes and YSU has attempted more than 448 rushing attempts in each year and attempted 292 passes or more in each season.

During 2015, injuries made things challenging at the position. However, with only one senior and one player (Justin Spencer) who started every game, YSU buckled down and allowed just four sacks in the final seven games of the season. Eight lineman, including three different centers, started at times during the campaign.

In the final five games of the campaign, YSU employed a dual-quarterback system as well to add to the lines responsibilities. The Guins attempted 15 more passes in one fewer game than in 2014 and in both years they allowed just 14 sacks.

For the year, the Guins had 2,198 yards rushing and 2,117 passing for averages of 199.8 and 192.5 per contest.

In 2014, YSU averaged 213.0 yards passing and 202.2 yards rushing per contest in 12 games for an average of 415.2 yards a game. It was just the second time in school history that YSU averaged more than 200 yards rushing and passing per game in the same season. The Guins threw for 2,556 yards while rushing for 2,427. The Penguins had 21 touchdown rushes and 20 touchdown passes during the campaign.

A young line helped pave the way as TB Martin Ruiz had a career-best 1,320 yards on 265 attempts while wide receiver Andrew Williams had the best year of his career with 54 receptions for 976 yards and six scores. Ruiz and fellow TB Jody Webb combined for more than 2,000 yards on the ground and scored 19 touchdowns.

During the 2014 slate, YSU's line had just one senior in center Stephen Page. The Penguins consistently started a junior, two sophomores and a redshirt freshman. Spencer, a redshirt freshman, was named to the MVFC's All-Newcomer squad in his first year as a starter.

In 2013, Elkins was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press and was a third-team honoree by The Sports Network. He moved from guard to center for the campaign and helped lead a fairly inexperienced group, even though four seniors were starters. Bryant had a strong year at left tackle to earn a trip to the East-West Shrine Game along with Elkins.

YSU's line helped opened holes for Ruiz, who was named the MVFC's Newcomer and Freshman of the Year after rushing for a school-freshman record 1,094 yards. He was the first freshman running back in MVFC play since 1993 to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark.

The offensive unit averaged 33.8 points per game, 204.8 yards passing, 195.8 yards rushing and 400.6 yards of total offense per contest. The Guins tied a school record with by scoring 50-or-more points in three games during the year. YSU started the campaign 8-1, which included a six-game winning streak. That was the best start and longest winning streak since 2001. In the process, the Guins started league play 5-0 for the first time ever and set a school standard winning eight consecutive conference games.

In 2012, YSU allowed just eight sacks, the fewest in a season in the program's history. The offense ran a total of 788 total offensive plays during the campaign, including 292 pass attempts. In the FCS, the Penguins were seventh in fewest sacks allowed per game.

Headlining the group guards were Elkins, a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference pick, and Lamar Mady. Elkins was the Guins' first first-team all-league honoree since 2008. Mady, an honorable-mention all-league selection, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders. Mady made his NFL debut in November and played in seven games for Oakland in his rookie year during the 2013 season.

YSU averaged 386.1 yards per contest with 198.8 coming through the air and 187.3 per game coming via the ground in 2012. Tailback Jamaine Cook reaped the benefits of the lines work becoming just the second player in school history to rush for more than 4,000 yards in a career.

In 2011, the offensive line was a part of a unit that set school records for total yards per game (458.6), points per game (36.2) and total touchdown receptions (27). In the regular season, YSU was the lone FCS program to rush and pass for more than 2,500 yards.

Youngstown State ranked fifth nationally in total offense per game and seventh in per game scoring. Additionally, the Penguins ranked 10th in rushing offense (231.1 yards per game) and 11th in sacks allowed per game (0.82). In nearly 300 passing plays, the line surrendered just nine sacks. The nine sacks allowed was the lowest total in a season since 2007 while the rushing average was the highest since 2001. YSU was also seventh at the FCS level in fewest tackles for loss allowed.

The unit had the same starters in 10 of 11 games for the campaign. Individually, junior center Mark Pratt was a second-team All-MVFC selection while Elkins was an honorable-mention all-conference pick. Most impressively, the Penguins did not have one senior on the line in 2011.

In 2010, the Penguins offensive line helped pave the way for a then school-record 412 yards of total offense per game, including 215 a contest on the ground.

YSU also averaged 31.3 points per game, the fifth-highest single-season output in school history. Nationally, the Guins ranked in the top 25 in fewest sacks allowed.

The Penguins had two All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selections in second-team pick Bobby Coates and honorable-mention selection Eric Rodemoyer.

In each of the past two years YSU has averaged more than 200 yards rushing. Those seasons are just the third and fourth time in the past 17 years that YSU has rushed for more than 200 yards per contest.

Bricillo spent the 2009 season as an offensive assistant coach at Illinois. He worked with the offensive line for the Illini assisting coach Joe Gilbert.

He spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Akron assisting with the coaching of offensive tackles and tight ends on J.D. Brookhart's staff. He originally joined the Zips staff in 2006 as the school's director of video services.

Bricillo was a center at Duquesne, starting 32 games in his college career. He earned first-team all-conference honors in both 1995 and 1996, while leading the Dukes to two league championships and 10-1 records in each campaign playing for Greg Gattuso. The 1995 squad won the school's first-ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater in the spring of 2005 as the offensive line coach for the Dukes. In the 2005 season, the team posted a 7-3 record and won a conference title. Bricillo also tutored four linemen and his tight end to all-conference accolades.

Prior to joining the staff at Duquesne, Bricillo spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana Area High School.
 
The Shelocta, Pa., native and a graduate of Indiana High School earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Duquesne in 1999. He completed his master's in sports science and coaching from Akron in 2009.

Joe Ganz
Tight Ends Coach

A record-setting quarterback at Nebraska, Joe Ganz is in his second year as tight end coach for Youngstown State.
 
The tight ends had an outstanding first year under Ganz, while one earned national acclaim for one of the best catches in College Football History.
 
Junior TE Kevin Rader's one-handed game-winning TD catch with one-second left in the semifinals at Eastern Washington received huge popularity on social media and was the top play on ESPN's Sports Center that night. The network selected the catch as the No. 6 play for the entire 2016 College Football season.
 
On the year, Rader and fellow tight ends Shane Kuhn and Jacob Wood combined for 28 receptions. While Rader caught a TD pass in the national semifinals, Kuhn had a touchdown reception in the National Championship Game against James Madison.
 
The unit was key in a rushing attack that had a pair of 1,000-yard rushers and amassed a school-record 3,883 yards. YSU averaged 242.7 yards rushing per game, the most by the program since 2001.
 
Ganz had strong ties with Head Coach Bo Pelini prior to joining the YSU staff. He spent four years in various roles, including the final two as a graduate assistant on his staff at Nebraska. Ganz played quarterback for Pelini for two seasons as well.
 
As a graduate assistant, he worked with the quarterbacks and offensive coordinator Tim Beck. Beck is now the offensive coordinator at Ohio State. In 2013 and 2014 he worked with the quarterbacks after serving as a football intern and graduate manager in 2010 and 2011.
 
Ganz was the starting quarterback for the Huskers during Pelini's first two years in Lincoln. 
 
Although he had to wait until the latter half of the 2007 season for his chance to shine, Ganz ended his career owning 23 Nebraska school records.
 
He established Husker records with 510 passing yards, 528 yards of total offense and seven passing touchdowns against Kansas State in 2007 in only his second career start. Two weeks later he threw for 484 yards at Colorado. Ganz also holds Nebraska game records for pass completions (36 at Texas Tech in 2008), attempts (58 at Colorado in 2007) and total offense attempts (64).
 
A native of Palos Heights, Ill., Ganz holds Nebraska season records for passing yards, yards per game (274.5), completions (285) and total offense, all set during his senior year in 2008. That season, Ganz completed 67.9 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,568 yards and 25 touchdowns. His 25-touchdown passes were the second most in school history. He added 258 yards on the ground with five rushing touchdowns. Ganz finished his career second in school history in passing yards (5,125) and touchdown passes (44).
 
Ganz threw for more than 300 yards five times in 2008, and topped that number eight times in 16 career starts. In 2008, Ganz also showed his dual-threat ability. He ran for 258 yards and five touchdowns on the season, including 95 yards and two touchdowns at Kansas State. 
 
A team captain in 2008, Ganz was also named the Huskers’ MVP and capped his career by being named the MVP of the 2009 Konica Minolta Gator Bowl as Nebraska defeated Clemson.
 
He earned his degree in business administration from Nebraska in December of 2008. He was named to the program's 2008 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team.

Nic McKissic-Luke
Running Backs Coach

Nic McKissic-Luke is in his second season as the running backs coach for the Youngstown State football progarm.
 
In his first campaign with the Penguins in 2016, the tailbacks and overall running game benefited greatly from McKissic-Luke's coaching style.
 
Martin Ruiz was a first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection while Jody Webb was a third-team selection. Both tailbacks rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year with Webb leading the way with 1,342 yards while Ruiz had 1,153. Webb caught fire in the FCS Playoffs rushing for 669 in the five games, an average of 133.8 per game. At one point during the campaign Webb had six straight 100-yard rushing performances, a school record.
 
A new face stepped up throughout the season in key moments in Tevin McCaster. McCaster finished with 638 yards on 129 carries and was second on the team with 11 touchdowns. His biggest contribution was a 29-carry, 154-yard, three-touchdown effort in the semifinals victory at Eastern Washington. 
 
At Missouri State, YSU had three tailbacks rush for more than 100 yards in a game for the first time when Webb, Ruiz and Joe Alessi all eclipsed the mark.
 
For the year, the four tailbacks combined for 3,356 yards rushing on 578 carries and scored 31 rushing touchdowns. Webb had a career year receiving as well catching 37 passes for 416 yards. As a unit, YSU averaged 242.7 yards rushing per game, its highest total average since 2001.
 
McKissic-Luke spent three highly-successful seasons at fellow MVFC school South Dakota State helping the Jackrabbits to the FCS Playoffs in each year.
 
In 2015, SDSU was 8-4 on the season losing to Montana in the first round of the FCS playoffs. In a primary passing offense, the Jacks running backs combined for 1,368 yards and 15 touchdowns.
 
During his first two campaigns he worked with consensus All-American Zach Zenner. Zenner eventually signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent and saw action in 2015.
 
Zenner shattered several Missouri Valley Football Conference career and season records and finished his career third in FCS history with 6,548 rushing yards and 8,211 all-purpose yards.
 
In 2014, Zenner rushed for 2,019 yards and scored 22 touchdowns in 14 games while finishing sixth in voting for the Walton Payton Award. He averaged 144.2 yards per contest, with 11 100-yard performances, including a 252-yard four-touchdown day at Montana State. He also caught 28 passes and had four receiving touchdowns. He had 2,350 all-purpose yards for the season.
 
In 2013, Zenner had 2,015 yards rushing on 351 carries and scored 23 touchdowns in 14 games. He averaged 143.9 yards per game and finished with 12 100-yard performances, highlights by a 249-yard afternoon at Northern Arizona in the playoffs. He caught 21 passes for 251 yards and two scores. He finished with 2,266 all-purpose yards on the campaign.
 
McKissic-Luke previously spent the five seasons as running backs and slot receivers coach at Benedict College, an NCAA Division II program in Columbia, S.C. During his tenure, the Tigers led the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in rushing in 2009 and 2010, with the 2009 squad ranking seventh in Division II with an average of 250 yards per game.
 
In addition, McKissic-Luke worked two summers (2011, 2012) with the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League through the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Internship.
 
As a player, McKissic-Luke began his career at the University of Alabama before transferring to Alabama A&M University. In three seasons (2004-06) at Alabama A&M, he went on to finish second in career rushing yards with more than 2,000 yards. As a senior he had 640 yards rushing while helpin lead the Bulldogs to the Southwestern Athletic Conference title.