Former Forest Hills High running back Jaleel McLaughlin has standing out for Youngstown State this season.

McLaughlin (5-foot-9, 175 pounds), who transferred to Youngstown State from Notre Dame College before the 2020 season, has rushed 121 times for 780 yards (6.4 yards per carry) and eight touchdowns in seven games this season.

McLaughlin has been one of the few bright spots for the Penguins, who are currently 2-5 on the season. Youngstown State is on probation for two years after investigations determined the program violated several NCAA rules under former coach Bo Pelini.

In a little more than three and a half seasons of collegiate football, McLaughlin has been one of the most productive running backs in the country. He ran for more than 2,400 yards in each of his first two seasons at Notre Dame College before transferring to Youngstown State ahead of the 2020 season.

Youngstown State plays at North Dakota on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

McLaughin is a former three-sport star for Forest Hills. He helped lead the Yellow Jackets’ boys basketball team to a 2A state championship in 2018 and he was also a state champion in track.

Shipley back in business

After missing several games with a knee injury, former Weddington running back Will Shipley has returned to the Clemson (5-3) football team’s starting lineup, and he’s been one of the team’s best players since his return.

Last Saturday, in a 30-20 win over Florida State, Shipley ran the ball 25 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns, while adding another four catches for 24 yards. For the season, he’s carried the ball 79 times for 391 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns.

Clemson travels to take on Louisville on Saturday. The Cardinals (4-4) have the No. 5 run defense in the ACC, allowing 134 yards per game on the ground.

Tough test for HowellFormer Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell and the UNC football team have a tough test Saturday when they host No. 9 Wake Forest in a noon kickoff. The game will be broadcast nationally on ABC.

The Demon Deacons (8-0) are currently undefeated and have allowed opposing quarterbacks an average 219 passing yards against them. Howell, meanwhile, is averaging 274 passing yards per game.

Howell has taken on more responsibility in the run game this season. Through eight games, he has carried the ball 114 times for 585 yards and six touchdowns.