Saturday night was a big night for the Bearcats on and off the field. Not only did they pick up a great win over Marshall that propelled them into the AP Top 25, they also saw around 70 unofficial visits from high school prospects on the sidelines during warm-ups who saw a powerful crowd help power the team to a victory.
But sitting and watching with smiles on their faces were two former players working hard towards earning their way back onto the team.
As those who visit this site have read, Curtis (Smith) Young is working towards getting his academic work in order to allow for his return for spring practice. Young, a player with great potential who would have played major minutes this fall knows his clock is running out and he must get his house in order.
"I'm working hard and hope to be back on the main campus this winter working out with the team and getting ready for spring practice." Young said after watching the Bearcats victory and talking with former teammates.
The other surprise of the night came in the form of wide receiver Derrick Stewart who also watched the team's victory and spoke with former teammates after the game. Steward had the following to say about his future.
"I'm here working knowing I must correct things in order to have a chance to play for this team in the future. I know it's in my best interest to stay here and finish what I've started."
For Stewart the future looked as if he would return to Youngstown and work towards playing for Youngstown State. But if both players can find the success in the classroom and find a staff willing to work with them on a return, the Bearcats could find some much needed quality depth for next season sitting at their doorsteps.