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September 10, 2012

Safron, Castaneda Named Big Sky Players of the Week

OGDEN, Utah — Sacramento State sophomore Garrett Safron and junior Edgar Castaneda were both named ROOT SPORTS Football Players of the Week by the Big Sky Conference, it was announced today.

Safron was named the conference's Co-Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Hornets to a 30-28 win at Colorado. Against the Buffaloes, the Santa Monica, Calif., native completed 25-of-37 passes for a career-high 312 yards and two touchdowns. He orchestrated the team's game-winning drive in the final minutes, completing 4-of-5 passes for 53 yards.

This season, Safron has completed 48-of-72 passes for 625 yards and four touchdowns in two games. He also became the first Hornet quarterback to throw for consecutive 300-yard games since Ryan Leadingham in 2002. A year ago, Safron was 24-of-57 for 394 yards with three touchdowns in five games.

Castaneda made three field goals and three extra points to share the Special Teams Player of the Week. The junior converted a 28-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the first half to give Sacramento State a 24-21 halftime advantage. He also accounted for all of the team's second half points, making a 31-yarder early in the fourth quarter before splitting the uprights from 30 yards away as time expired. This season, Castaneda is 5-for-6 on field goal attempts.

The Big Sky also honored North Dakota quarterback Marcus Hendrickson, Northern Arizona defensive lineman Jarret Bilbrey and NAU kicker/punter Andy Wilder.

Sacramento State will play its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 15, against Northern Colorado at 2:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (916) 278-2222.

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