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P.J. Mays, RB, Youngstown State (Sr., 5-9, 206)
2002 Game-by-Game Statistics
  Date Opponent Att-Yds TDs Rec-Yds Total TDs All- Purpose Yds Avg. per Game Results  
8/29 Clarion 26-165 2 0-0 2 165 165.0 Win 27-14
9/7 McNeese State 21-90 1 5-73 1 163 90.0 Loss 28-13
9/21 at Western Kentucky 29-92 1 0-0 1 92 92.0 Loss 13-7
9/28 at SMS 20-95 0 0-0 0 95 95.0 Win 24-17
10/5 Indiana State 30-176 1 0-0 1 176 176.0 Win 31-16
10/12 at Florida Atlantic 27-130 2 0-0 2 130 130.0 Win 24-17
10/19 Northern Iowa 17-47 0 2-51 1 98 47.0 Loss 22-7
10/26 at Western Illinois 2-(-4) 0 0-0 0 -4 -4.0 Loss 19-0
11/2 Southern Illinois 28-210 1 0-0 1 210 210.0 Win 21-9
11/9 at Illinois State 32-146 2 2-12 2 158 146.0 Win 24-17
11/23 Samford 23-137 1 2-56 2 193 137.0 Win 37-29
Totals   255-1284 11 11-192 13 1476 116.7 7-4
 
P.J. Mays
In his second season with YSU after transferring from Cincinnati, Mays captured Gateway Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors. On the season, the Youngstown native bolted for 1,446 yards and 21 touchdowns, setting a Penguins record for rushing yards in a campaign. Though he was effectively shut down by 2001 playoff participants Northern Iowa (39 yards) and Western Kentucky (53 yards), Mays proved his capabilities in a near-upset of I-A Marshall in the season finale, when he rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries. This year, Mays will be counted on to provide YSU?s offensive punch, as Jon Heacock?s team looks to find itself in the playoffs once again.
-Tony Moss

Western Illinois head coach Don Patterson on Mays, "I like him, I think he?s a hard-nosed tough football player. He had a key play a year ago, they ran a shovel pass to him in long yardage and he made a nice run, broke some tackles to score on. I voted for him for offensive player of the year [in the Gateway] because I thought he deserved it."