SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State football team will conduct its second scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday, Aug., 17, on the team's practice field. The practice will begin at 10:45 and the scrimmage will start in the first team period, approximately 20 minutes later. Like last week's action, the practice will have officials and will follow the same format of placing the offense in different settings on the field.
"I'm hoping to get a chance to get some live reps with some guys and see a little bit of real football," head coach Troy Taylor said. "There are still jobs and playing time up for battle so anytime you are closer to game situation it will hold more weight."
ONE WAY TO GET OUT OF THE HEAT
Far removed from the old mentality of two-a-day practices, student-athlete health and well being has become a top priority for teams throughout the country. This season, Sacramento State has moved its practices into the evening which has allowed for most of the field to be in the shade. As temperatures soared well above 100 degrees this week, the coaching staff elected to move Thursday's practice back by 30 minutes to help the players cool down. While that gesture was appreciated, it didn't come close to Wednesday's surprise of having practice cancelled and the team going to the movies.
MORE HONORS FOR DOTSON
Elijah Dotson added to his already lengthy preseason accolades by being named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) preseason watch list for the FCS National Performer of the Year. Dotson was one of 40 players named to the list and one of seven from the Big Sky Conference.
Earlier this summer, Dotson was voted to the Big Sky preseason all-conference team. He was also named second team preseason All-America by Phil Steele as well as HERO Sports. To top off his busy week, Dotson was also featured on KCRA-3 on Thursday night.
The Sacramento State Football team is picked to finish in the bottom half of the big sky... but that's not due to a lack of talent as Running Back, Elijah Dotson gets ready to showcase his finesse and speed once again @sacstate @SacHornetsFB @BigSkyConf @BigSkyFB pic.twitter.com/IuhB0I2z19— Michelle Dapper (@KCRAdapper) August 16, 2019
GAME TIMES ANNOUNCED
Kick off times for 11 of the team's 12 games were finalized this week after the announcement of the Big Sky Game of the Week schedule. Sacramento State's first five home games this season will all kick off at 6 p.m. The season finale against UC Davis in the Causeway Classic remains unset but fans can expect an early afternoon kickoff as all games are to be completed by 6 p.m. PT to accomadate the FCS playoff selection committee.
After a pair of 7 p.m. starts at Arizona State and Fresno State, the rest of the team's road schedule will see the Hornets playing in the sun. Sacramento State will play at 1 p.m. PT (2 p.m. MT) at Montana State, 5 p.m. at Cal Poly, 1 p.m. PT at Northern Arizona and 2 p.m. at Idaho. The full schedue can be viewed HERE.
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.