SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With less than a month remaining before the second signing period, the 2019 Sacramento State football roster received an added boost as four players were granted clock extensions by the NCAA. The four, who were all listed as seniors in 2018, are comprised of kicker Devon Medeiros, offensive guard Wyatt Ming, defensive end George Obinna and quarterback Kevin Thomson.
Medeiros began his career with the Hornets by redshirting during the 2014 season and shared the kicking responsibilities in 2015. After winning the starting job in 2016, the Hilmar, Calif., native was injured after just two games and missed the rest of the 2016 season. In 2017, Medeiros was named second team all-Big Sky and tied the school record by making 14 field goals. He led the team with 94 points which ranked sixth in school single-season history. This past season, Medeiros led Sacramento State with 56 points despite playing in only eight games. He will enter 2019 tied for third in school history with 26 career field goals and fourth with 85 career extra points. His extra point percentage of .977 ranks second and he's fourth with a field goal percentage of .703. Medeiros needs just 13 points to crack the top 10 in career scoring.
Ming also redshirted in 2014 and played the next two seasons on the defensive line. He earned seven starts in 2015 and was in the starting lineup in all 11 games the following year. He recorded 51 career tackles and had 4.0 tackles-for-loss over those two years. In 2017, the Acampo, Calif., native switched to the offensive side of the ball where he was named honorable mention all-Big Sky. That year, he helped the team rush for 225.8 yards per game and was part of a unit which allowed just 16 sacks during the year. Ming's 2018 season was cut short when he suffered a broken leg in the season opener against Saint Francis.
After redshirting in 2014, Obinna led the team with 5.5 sacks and ranked third with 7.5 tackles-for-loss in 2015. The following season, he tallied 4.5 sacks and six TFLs while starting eight games at defensive end. In 2017, Obinna was a first team all-Big Sky selection after terrorizing opposing quarterbacks. He finished the year with 23 total tackles which included 12.5 TFLs and 8.5 sacks. He also forced three fumbles and was credited with four QB hurries. The native of Tracy, Calif., was a preseason all-Big Sky selection and a candidate for FCS All-American entering 2018. However, he suffered a back injury early in the first game of the year and returned to the field two weeks later only to endure a season-ending ankle injury. Obinna is currently tied for fourth in school history with 19.5 career sacks and will move into 10th place with his next tackle-for-loss.
In a nearly unprecedented decision, the NCAA granted Thomson a two-year extension to his clock. The quarterback transferred to Sacramento State prior to the 2017 season which was believed to be his junior year. Instead, Thomson will take the field in 2019 as a junior and could play again in 2020. The Auburn, Wash., native originally committed to UNLV out of high school but suffered an elbow injury with the Rebels which forced him to miss parts of three seasons. He started eight games with the Hornets in 2017 and helped lead the team to a 7-4 overall record and 6-2 mark in the Big Sky. Thomson set the Sacramento State single-season record for pass efficiency at 171.80 and averaged 9.14 yards of total offense per play. He threw for 1,828 yards with 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Thomson's average of 10.45 yards per pass attempt also set a Hornet record. He also rushed for 494 yards and led the team with nine rushing touchdowns. This past season, he completed 79-of-145 passes for 1,380 yards and one interception in seven games. His average of 9.52 yards per pass trails only his mark from the year before in the Hornet record book and he ranked third in school history with an efficiency rating of 151.3.
Thomson will enter 2019 ranked 12th in school history with 3,208 passing yards. He's also first in career pass efficiency (162.5) and yards per pass (10.03), seventh in completions (176), 11th in career touchdowns (25) and completion percentage (.550)