Sammy Merryman’s college football career is taking shape. Sammy, a 2020 graduate of Shadyside High School, is attending Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Wearing number “0” he is currently the starting long and short snapper for the Penguins. This is truly an amazing accomplishment being that he is only a freshman. Sammy has devoted an enormous amount of time toward his craft, and all of that hard work is already paying off. Sammy is majoring in Exercise Science and hopes some day to become a strength and conditioning coach, or a special teams coordinator. We here at Shadyside wish him all the best as he moves forward, and we look forward to seeing more great things from him both on the field and in the classroom.
Interview with Sammy:
How has your experience playing D1 college football been so far?
It has been a very exciting experience so far. Learning so much more about that game and we have been waiting a while to play that first game. We have put in so much work so it was great to finally go out and play.
How did playing football at Shadyside prepare you for playing at the next level?
It made me tough. To play for Shadyside you become tough mentally and physically. The style of football that Shadyside plays you have to be tough.
What academic major have you decided upon?
Exercise science. With that degree I will become a strength and conditioning coach or I would also like to become a special teams coordinator.
What are some of the challenges of playing at this level compared to maybe a smaller college or even high school?
Playing at this level is very different because everyone is bigger, stronger and faster compared to high school, but when you think it’s hard you have to think there is a reason I am here and a reason the coaches have me in the position I am in.
How have you been able to balance your classes with practice?
It was difficult at first just trying to understand the scheduling and practice times but once you get a routine down it’s not so bad.
What advice would you give a high school senior who wants to participate in collegiate athletics?
Work as hard as you can in the weight room, studying the game, get good grades, send out game film, go to college summer camps and communicate with coaches.
If someone from Shadyside wanted to come to a game, how would we go about doing that?
Go to the YSU Athletics page online and you find the tickets link there.
Interview done by the Shadyside Athletic Department
Athletic Director John Triveri