SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Another week, another national ranking for the Sacramento State football team in a preseason poll. After being ranked 23rd in the Athlon Sports FCS Preview last week, the Hornets were ranked 19th in the annual Street & Smith's Yearbook today.
The No. 19 is the highest preseason ranking in program history, and it marks just the second time the program received a preseason national ranking. Sacramento State last opened the season in the top 25 in 2011 when the team was voted 24th. The Hornets started that season with a win over Oregon State and moved up to No. 12 the following week. Sacramento State received national rankings previously during the 1999, 2000 and 2011 seasons.
In addition, Mister Harriel, a senior defensive back, was one of five Big Sky Conference players named to the Street & Smith's preseason All-America team. Harriel, a first team all-Big Sky selection a year ago, led the team with 87 total tackles (56 solo) to go along with three interceptions and three sacks.
Other national publications will roll out over the summer and the Big Sky Conference coaches and media polls will be announced at the league's kickoff event in Spokane, Wash., on July 15-16.
Sacramento State finished the 2017 season with a 7-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in Big Sky games. The Hornets won their final three contests and five of their last six, leading to Jody Sears being named the Big Sky co-Coach of the Year. The team returns 10 players who earned all-Big Sky Conference honors in 2017, including defensive end George Obinna and Harriel who were both named to the first team.
"We are excited to be nationally ranked in two major polls heading into the most anticipated Hornet football season in a while," Sacramento State Director of Athletics Mark Orr said. "I encourage our Sacramento State community, fans, donors and students to come out and support this team. This will be a season to remember, and the polls reflect the talented team that is coming back."
The 2018 season begins on Sept. 1 at Hornet Stadium against St. Francis (Ill.). The team will then play road games at San Diego State, Northern Colorado and Montana before coming back home to face Cal Poly on Oct. 6. In all, Sacramento State will have five home games during the year (click here for the schedule). Season tickets are available for purchase by calling (916) 278-2222 or by clicking HERE.
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