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DARIYN CHOATES NAMED ROOT SPORTS BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DARIYN CHOATES NAMED ROOT SPORTS BIG SKY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

FARMINGTON, Utah — Sacramento State defensive tackle Dariyn Choates was selected as the ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced today. The honor is the first for Choates during his career and he became the first Hornet defensive lineman to earn the award since Zach Nash in 2010.

Choates sparked a Hornet defense which limited Northern Colorado to just 171 yards of total offense in Sacramento State's 50-0 win. The shut out was the first for the Hornets since a 14-0 win at Northern Colorado in a rain-soaked game in 2011. The last shut out at Hornet Stadium came in 1994 against San Francisco State. The Seaside, Calif., native recorded a career-high six tackles, including 3.5 for loss. He also forced a pair of fumbles and broke up a pass. 

One of Choates' biggest plays came with 5:55 remaining in the first half when he brought down UNC running back Milo Hall in the end zone for a safety which gave Sacramento State a 16-0 lead. The safety was the first for the Hornets since 2017.

Through the first three games of the season, the Hornet defense has allowed just 12.7 points per game and is holding the opposition to 59.3 rushing yards per game. Sacramento State will return to action on Saturday night when it plays at Fresno State. The team's next home game will be on Saturday, Oct. 5, against Eastern Washington.

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