This is the second in a series of position group previews throughout Sacramento State training camp. To view all stories about the Hornets, select the "News" button at the top of the page.
SACRAMENTO STATE'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF IS COMING SOON
Get your 2019 college football season started the right way at Sacramento State's College Football Kickoff on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Hornet Stadium from 6-9 p.m.. The free, family-friendly event, will feature tailgate games, football drills, opportunities for pictures and autographs with Sacramento State coaches and players, and performances from the marching band, cheer and dance teams.
OFFENSIVE LINE PREVIEW
A trio of linemen enter 2019 with at least 10 career starts and all are expected to maintain their starting jobs with the team. Each of the three have played a large role for an offense which has averaged 5.0 yards per rush over the last two seasons.
Senior Wyatt Ming returns for his sixth season with the program after suffering a broken leg in the season opener. Ming, who started his collegiate career on the defensive line, was an honorable mention all-Big Sky selection at guard in 2017. Ming returned healthy in the spring and made the move to center after injuries left the team without a man in the middle of the line.
Nick Bianco started the final nine games of last year and has 21 career starts in his career. Bianco has spent the majority of his career at left guard and has also been a two-time Big Sky all-academic selection.
Thomas Parker started all 10 games for the team during his sophomore season in 2018. Parker earned the nod in the opening game at left guard before shifting to right guard for the final nine games after Ming was injured.
Brandon Boccaleoni is the only other returner to start a game for the Hornets. Boccaleoni was injured during the spring and, if healthy, could contend for the starting job at center which would move Ming back to guard.
Peter Vadasz, Brysen Klinefelter,Troy Stiefel, Brandon Weldon and Ulisis Nunez all saw action last season and will continue to add depth to the program. That group will be joined by redshirt freshmen Jordan Stanley and Parker Kernek as well as five true freshmen.
One of the deepest position groups on the field could be at tight end where the team boasts seven players, including four returners. Jarrell Anderson, Calvin Grover, Martin Robles and Marshel Martin all saw action last season. However, Anderson was the only one of the group to haul in a pass as he had six receptions for 78 yards as a true freshman.
Marshel Martin made the move from running back to tight end during the spring and will contend for the starting position. Martin was the Vallejo Times-Herald Male Athlete of the Year as a senior at St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS in 2018. That season, he rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. He also played basketball and led the team to the section championship.
One interesting additon is senior Calvin Martin who will play competitive football for the first time in a decade after wrapping up his collegiate basketball career. Martin was a two-year member of the Hornet basketball team where he played in 53 games and started 25.
Charlie McBride and Anthony Valencia complete the group as true freshmen.
OFFENSIVE LINE STARTERS RETURNING
Nick Bianco (21 career starts)
Wyatt Ming (27 career starts)
Thomas Parker (15 career starts)
OFFENSIVE LINE STARTERS LOST
Ivan Espiritu (30 career starts)
Ruben Meza (29 career starts)
Taylor Tappin (25 career starts)
OFFENSIVE LINE RETURNERS
Nick Bianco (6-4, 285, Sr., Visalia, Calif./Redwood HS)
Brandon Boccaleoni (6-3, 275, Jr., Rohnert Park, Calif./Rancho Cotate HS)
Parker Kernek (6-4, 265, RFr., 6-4, 265, Fr., Castaic, Calif./Valencia HS)
Brysen Klinefelter (5-11, 275, RJr., El Dorado, Calif./Sacramento City JC)
Wyatt Ming (6-2, 315, RSr., Acampo, Calif./St. Mary's HS)
Ulisis Nunez (6-2, 295, Jr., Tulare, Calif./Tulare Union HS)
Thomas Parker (6-3, 300, Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita HS)
Jordan Stanley (6-4, 265, RFr., Brentwood, Calif./Heritage HS)
Troy Stiefel (6-5, 285, So., Yorba Linda, Calif./Yorba Linda HS)
Kyle Swinford (6-5, 275, RSo., Sacramento, Calif./Bradshaw Christian HS)
Peter Vadasz (6-4, 290, RJr., Los Gatos, Calif./De Anza JC)
Brandon Weldon (6-3, 285, So., Compton, Calif./El Segundo HS)
OFFENSIVE LINE NEWCOMERS
Jackson Betz (6-4, 270, Modesto, Calif./Downey HS)
Ivan Garza (6-5, 285, Fr., Dealno, Calif./Robert F. Kennedy HS)
Paula Hafoka (6-0, 275, Fr., Corona, Calif./Centennial HS)
Garren Harris II (6-2, 290, Jr., Tracy, Calif./Sacramento City JC)
Billy Lutui (6-1, 295, Fr., Corona, Calif./Centennial HS)
Joseph Wagner (6-3, 260, Fr., Folsom, Calif./Folsom HS)
TIGHT END STARTERS RETURNING
TIGHT END STARTERS LOST
John McGill (17 career starts)
TIGHT ENDS RETURNERS
Jarrell Anderson (6-5, 240, So., Spanaway, Wash./Rainier Beach HS)
Calvin Grover (6-4, 225, RSo., Modesto, Calif./Downey HS)
Marshel Martin (6-2, 210, RFr., Vallejo, Calif./St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS)
Martin Robles (6-4, 240, Jr., Live Oak, Calif./Live Oak HS)
TIGHT END NEWCOMERS
Calvin Martin (6-6, 235, Sr., Ridgecrest, Calif./Citrus JC)
Charlie McBride (6-3, 240, Fr., Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS)
Anthony Valencia (6-4, 245, Fr., Visalia, Calif./Mt. Whitney HS)