This is the third 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.
The Hornet linebacking corps will have a brand new look as the trio of Immanuel Anderson, Malcolm Thomas and Manoah Pearson — who each ranked among the top five on the team in tackles — all graduated. The three combined for 174 total tackles last season, including a team-high 73 from Anderson.
The most experienced of the returners is Miguel Garcia. The sophomore played in all 11 games in 2017 where he had 35 total tackles, three TFLs and an interception. He looked to play a large role in the defense last year but went down with an ankle injury in week two at San Diego State and was forced to redshirt.
Armon Bailey saw action in seven games, including a start as a true freshman in 2018. Bailey finished the year with 14 stops and did most of his damage in his start against North Dakota where he had a career high seven tackles.
Like Garcia, Kevin McKinney had his year cut shot with a leg injury after just two weeks. McKinney had 10 tackles in those contests, including seven at San Diego State. He also played a vital role on special teams.
Lemusu Toailoa and Jeremy Harris each redshirted last season and will be joined in the rotation by junior Elias Sernas and sophomore Tysean Prysock who made the move to linebacker from tight end.
Marcus Hawkins joined the program prior to the spring semester after starring at Fresno City College. Hawkins was the Valley League Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore after recording 88 total tackles which included 11.5 tackles-for-loss. He had double-digit stops in five games and helped take the Rams to the Northern California Championship game. That performance followed his freshman season where he had 61 total tackles.
Jack Lacy III, Dylan Jorge and Kurt Landers, Jr., will enter as freshmen after decorated high school careers. Lacy was a two-way standout at Pittsburg HS where he had 77 tackles as a senior. Jorge won a pair of state titles at Folsom HS where he played for current Associate Head Coach Kris Richardson. The team went 30-1 over his final two seasons and he was credited with 58 tackles as a senior. Landers prepped at Saint Mary's HS in Albany, Calif., where he was named all-Tri-County Rock League and was his team's defensive MVP.
Immanuel Anderson (41 career starts)
Manoah Pearson (32 career starts)
Armon Bailey (6-1, 225, So., Fairfield, Calif./Vanden HS)
Tali Finefeuiaki (6-0, 235, So., Sunnyvale, Calif./WIlcox HS)
Miguel Garcia (6-0, 215, RSo., Sanger, Calif./Sanger HS)
Jeremy Harris (6-0, 215, RFr., Simi Valley, Calif./Moorpark HS)
Kevin McKinney (6-0, 230, RJr., Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Trabuco Hills HS)
Tysean Prysock (6-1, 200, So., Santa Clarita, Calif./Salesian HS)
Elias Sernas (5-10, 210, Jr., Hollister, Calif./San Benito HS)
Lemusu Toailoa (5-11, 195, RFr., Rialto, Calif./Carter HS)
Marcus Hawkins (5-11, 225, Jr., Fresno, Calif./Fresno City JC)
Dylan Jorge (6-0, 215, Fr., Folsom, Calif./Folsom HS)
Jack Lacy III (5-11, 215, Fr., Pittsburg, Calif./Pittsburg HS)
Kurt Landers, Jr. (5-10, 210, Fr., Oakland, Calif./St. Mary's HS)