MARCUS GRAVES NAMED SACRAMENTO STATE'S MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

MARCUS GRAVES NAMED SACRAMENTO STATE'S MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Men's Basketball's Marcus Graves has been named the Sacramento State Male Student-Athlete of the Year. An all-Big Sky Conference selection and Big Sky all-tournament choice, Graves averaged a team-high 17.0 points per game to go along with 4.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.0 steals in 34.7 minutes. The fifth-year senior and team captain scored in double figures in all but two games, including each of the final 17 games of the season. During the Big Sky Tournament, Graves averaged 28.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals while shooting 60% (21-35) from the field and 69% (11-16) from the 3-point line. He finished the year ranked among the Big Sky's top five players in five different statistical categories, including first in both steals and assists. Graves concluded his career with 1,354 points, the eighth most in program history (1948-pres.).

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OTHER NOMINEES

Elijah Dotson (Football) - Dotson broke out during his sophomore season to earn numerous accolades and lead the team's offense. He became the first Hornet running back to be named first team all-Big Sky Conference since Charles Roberts in 2000. During the year, he rushed for 1,154 yards in just 10 games and his average of 115.4 yards per game ranks third in program history. Dotson also averaged 6.2 yards per carry which was the fifth best all-time by a Hornet. He finished with a team-high 54 points and 1,314 all-purpose yards.

Mikus Losbergs (Tennis) - Losbergs was named first team all-Big Sky Conference in both singles and doubles play. In fact, the senior was named all-Big Sky all four years of his career, becoming the first Hornet to accomplish the feat since Kiryl Harbatsiuk in 2008-11. Losbergs finished the season with a 10-7 dual singles record (all at the No. 1 spot of the lineup), including 8-3 in conference matches. He was also named first team all-league in doubles with Louis Chabut after going 11-4 overall (all at No. 1 in the lineup), including an 8-2 record against Big Sky opposition.

Kyle Peterson (Track & Field) - The team's lone thrower in 2019, Peterson carried a big load for the Hornets. The senior finished in second place at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships in the hammer and also competed in the discus at the NCAA West Preliminary. Peterson set career highs in the shot put and hammer during the outdoor season and leaves Sacramento State ranked second in program history in the discus, fifth in the hammer and ninth in the shot put. He is also fourth in the indoor shot put and fifth in the weight throw all-time at Sacramento State.

Matt Smith (Baseball) - Smith was named first team all-Western Athletic Conference after leading the Hornets with a .311 batting average and seven home runs. Both of those marks are career bests, and the junior also posted a .378 on-base percentage, scored 43 runs and did not commit an error in the field all season. In conference play, Smith hit a league-best .426. He put together a team-high 14-game hitting streak during the year and led the squad with 109 total bases.

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AWARD TIMELINE

June 11 - Female Newcomer of the Year - Ashtin Olin (Volleyball)
June 12 - Male Newcomer of the Year - Benji Kikanovic (Soccer)
June 13 - Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Raegen Rohn (Basketball)
June 14 - Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Bernardo Moraes (Tennis)
June 17 - Women's Academic Team of the Year - Women's Tennis
June 18 - Men's Academic Team of the Year - Men's Tennis
June 19 - Female Individual Performance of the Year - Savanna Corr (Softball)
June 20 - Male Individual Performance of the Year - Dawsen Bacho (Baseball)
June 21 - Biggest Upset Award - Baseball
June 24 - Hornets Care Award - Women's Soccer
June 25 - Clutch Play Award - Julia Becker (Golf)
June 26 - Coach of the Year - Reggie Christiansen (Baseball)
June 27 - Female Hornet Award - Kaylyn Evans (Soccer)
June 28 - Male Hornet Award - Austin Roberts (Baseball)
July 1 - Team of the Year - Women's Track & Field
July 2 - Female Student-Athlete of the Year - Shilah Bedingfield (Track & Field)
July 3 - Male Student-Athlete of the Year - Marcus Graves (Basketball)