SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State football team concluded its training camp with its second scrimmage on Wednesday at Hornet Stadium. Like the previous scrimmage on Saturday, the Hornets were placed in various situations with nearly all players seeing action.
"Overall, we had a good camp," Sacramento State head coach Marshall Sperbeck said. "We came together as a team and brought the freshmen along which were our goals. Now we have to understand that its not offense versus defense, but what it takes to beat our opponent."
The defense roared out at the start, holding the offense without a first down in the first four series. Sophomore Dejon Coleman was the first to move the chains with rushes of 11 and 22 yards on consecutive carries. Those attempts took the ball into defensive territory where Jesse Aguillar connected on a 45-yard field goal for the first points of the day.
Senior Todd Davis answered back for the defense, knocking the ball out of Garrett Safron's hands, recovering the fumble and returning the ball 26 yards for a touchdown.
The first team offense posted a touchdown of its own on the ensuing series when Safron found Morris Norrise for a 36-yard strike up the middle of the field. The drive also featured a 12-yard reception from DeAndre Carter and 18 rushing yards from Ezekiel Graham.
Freshman Jihad Vercher guided the second team on another long drive with the help of a 28-yard completion to Blake Robertson and a 16-yard pass to Norrise. However, the drive stalled just inside the red sone and Aguillar's 37-yard field goal attempt was blocked.
Safron and Vercher took the majority of the snaps at quarterback but were spelled by Marcus McDade and Daniel Kniffin. Safron finished 4-of-8 for 62 yards while Vercher was 6-for-11 for 69 yards. Ten different Hornets caught a pass with Norrise and Robertson each grabbing a pair. Norrise led all players with 52 yards. Coleman was the team's leading rusher with 37 yards on nine attempts.