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POSITION PREVIEW: SPECIALISTS

POSITION PREVIEW: SPECIALISTS

This is the seventh 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.

SPECIALISTS PREVIEW

Sacramento State will enter 2019 with a pair of familiar faces in the kicking game but a lot is yet to be decided for the Hornet specialists.

Devon Medeiros was granted a sixth year of eligibility and will continue his climb up the school record list. Medeiros is tied for third in school history with 26 career field goals and ranks fourth with 85 extra points. His 163 career points places him fourth among kickers and just outside of the top 10 in the Sacramento State record book.

He was named second team all-Big Sky in 2017 after tying the school record with 14 field goals and converting 82.4 percent of his attempts. He ended the season by making his final five field goals and eight of his last nine with the lone miss coming from 48 yards. Last year. Medeiros was 10-of-15 on field goal tries but four of the five misses were from 40-yards or more.

Along with the place kicking, Medeiros has also handled the team's kickoff duties where he has 63 touchbacks and averaged 64 yards per attempt over the last two seasons.

Ian Lauvai returns for his fourth season as the team's long snapper. Lauvai has held the starting job at the position each of those years. He will be backed up by junior college transfer Dustin Cognetti.

For the second consecutive season, the team will have a new punter and, like last year, it will come from Australia. Sam Clark will come in as a sophomore after being part of Pro Kick Australia and playing Australian Rules Football for the Canberra Demons.

Sacramento State didn't return many punts a year ago, combing for just five returns on 40 punts. Pierre Williams was back for most of the attempts and had a team-high two returns. Williams did show steady hands and was part of the majority of the team's 14 fair catches. Returners Isaiah Gable and Malik Jeter also had one punt return.

Dewey Cotton is the leading returning kick returner from a year ago. Cotton had six returns for an average of 19.8 yards and a long of 23 yards.

STARTERS RETURNING
Ian Lauvai, LS (31 career starts)
Devon Medeiros, K (21 career starts)

STARTERS LOST
Owen Hoolihan, P (10 career starts)

RETURNERS
Devon Medeiros, K (5-6, 195, Sr., Hilmar, Calif./Hilmar HS)
Ian Lauvai, LS (5-11, 225, Sr., Corona, Calif./Centennial HS)

NEWCOMERS
Sam Clark, P (6-3, 185, Lilyfield, Australia/Melbourne University)
Kyle Sentkowski, K (6-0, 215, Jr., Blaine, Wash./Siskiyous JC)
Dustin Cognetti (5-11, 200, Jr., San Jose, Calif./San Mateo JC)

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