SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As kickoff approaches to the 2018 Sacramento State football season, Hornetsports.com will feature a preview on each position group between Aug. 20-27.
A year ago, Sacramento State headed into the season with just one quarterback who had thrown a pass in a Hornet uniform and a lot of question marks at the position. A lot of answers were provided in the first few weeks of the season as Kevin Thomson emerged as the team's starter en route to a record breaking season. Thomson proved to be one of the top dual-threat QBs in the Football Championship Subdivision as he averaged 290.2 yards of total offense per game and set the school single-season record with 9.14 yards per play.
Thomson, who had not thrown a pass in a game since his senior year of high school (2013), completed 55.4 percent of his attempts for 1,828 yards and 17 touchdowns with only three interceptions. His efficiency rating of 171.8 and his average of 10.45 yards per pass both set school records. The Auburn, Wash., native also punished defenses on the ground with 494 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
When Thomson was forced out of the lineup for three games, Wyatt Clapper and Roman Ale each received time under center. Clapper, a transfer from Modesto JC, appeared in five games in relief. He scored his first career touchdown on a 13-yard scamper against Incarnate Word.
Ale started all three games in Thomson's absence and led the team to a 2-1 mark in the stretch. He debuted at North Dakota where he completed 13-of-19 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the year with five TD passes and just one interception.
The Hornet roster also includes a pair of quarterbacks who redshirted last season in Tristan Meyer and Jack Rice. Meyer threw for 2,462 yards and 37 touchdowns as a senior at La Mirada HS with only a pair of interceptions. He also completed 69.1 percent of his passes with a QB rating of 139.2. Rice was the Humboldt-Del Norte League Offensive MVP as a junior and senior. He compiled 12,711 yards of total offense in three full varsity seasons while throwing 91 career touchdowns and rushing for 41 scores.
The two newcomers to the unit are Hamish McClure who prepped at Crespi HS in Encino, Calif, and Derek Shelton of Sacramento HS. McClure was a two-star recruit despite missing part of his senior season due to injury. His father, Angus, was an offensive lineman for Sacramento State from 1988-91 and later served as an assistant coach. Shelton was a first team all-Metro selection by The Sacramento Bee after throwing for 2,689 yards and 42 touchdowns.
|5||Kevin Thomson||6-2||205||Sr.||Auburn, Wash./UNLV|
|10||Hamish McClure||6-0||190||Fr.||Encino, Calif./Crespi HS|
|12||Derek Shelton||6-2||175||Fr.||Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS|
|14||Wyatt Clapper||6-3||225||Sr.||Turlock, Calif./Modesto JC|
|16||Jack Rice||6-2||210||Fr.||Eureka, Calif./St. Bernard's HS|
|18||Roman Ale||6-1||200||So.||Carson, Calif./Narbonne HS|
|19||Tristan Meyer||6-0||190||Fr.||La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada HS|