SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State football team wrapped up its spring drills with its final scrimmage on Saturday morning at Hornet Stadium. The team ran just 44 plays in a controlled setting.
The offense scored two touchdowns on its 10 drives and the defense also came up with a turnover during the game. Starting quarterback Garrett Safron orchestrated a nine play, 70 yard drive to start the day. Safron rushed for 27 yards on three carries during the series and also completed a pair of passes including a 20-yard touchdown to DeAndre Carter. On that play, Safron scrambled within the pocket before stepping forward and hitting Carter in the middle of the field at the 5-yard line. After side stepping the would-be tackler, Carter sprinted into the end zone untouched.
"I feel that Garrett had a good spring and his completion percentage is up from where it was at last season," Sacramento State head coach Marshall Sperbeck said. "Playing 11 games last season helped but he's made quite a jump in his decision making this spring."
Safron was also on the field for the second offensive touchdown. Facing 3rd-and-5 from the defense's 20-yard line, he threw a fade to the front right corner of the end zone where Shane Harrison split two defenders to make the catch.
The defense had big stops on two series in the middle of the scrimmage. The first came when Safron was whistled down after a bad snap forced him to scramble in the backfield. On the ensuing series, quarterback Nolan Sorenson and running back De'jon Coleman mishandled the exchange on a handoff and the ball was scooped up by Nick Kristofors. The defense also shined in the red zone drills, forcing an incompletion on a 4th-and-goal pass play from the 1-yard line.
Safron finished the day 9-of-12 for 87 yards and two touchdowns. The quarterback was also the team's leading rusher with 24 yards on six attempts.
Sorenson completed 2-of-8 passes for 15 yards and eight Hornets caught a pass. That group was led by Morris Norries, Cole Hikutini and Harrison who each caught two.
The coaches will meet with the team and individuals during the upcoming weeks but the next organized practice will not come until fall training camp in early August.
"I think we did a nice job of playing smarter and challenging each other day-to-day," Sperbeck said of the team during the spring. "The players competed and the more competition we have the better the team will be."
Safron 9-12-0-87-2; Sorenson 2-8-0-15-0.
Safron 6-24; Coleman 10-23; Warren 3-8.
Harrison 2-26, TD; Norrise 2-18; Hikutini 2-12; Mosi 1-9; Robertson 1-6; Agude 1-6; Maciel 1-5.