Safron, Castaneda Named Big Sky Players of the Week
OGDEN, Utah — Sacramento State sophomore
Safron was named the conference's Co-Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Hornets to a 30-28 win at Colorado. Against the Buffaloes, the Santa Monica, Calif., native completed 25-of-37 passes for a career-high 312 yards and two touchdowns. He orchestrated the team's game-winning drive in the final minutes, completing 4-of-5 passes for 53 yards.
This season, Safron has completed 48-of-72 passes for 625 yards and four touchdowns in two games. He also became the first Hornet quarterback to throw for consecutive 300-yard games since Ryan Leadingham in 2002. A year ago, Safron was 24-of-57 for 394 yards with three touchdowns in five games.
Castaneda made three field goals and three extra points to share the Special Teams Player of the Week. The junior converted a 28-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the first half to give Sacramento State a 24-21 halftime advantage. He also accounted for all of the team's second half points, making a 31-yarder early in the fourth quarter before splitting the uprights from 30 yards away as time expired. This season, Castaneda is 5-for-6 on field goal attempts.
The Big Sky also honored North Dakota quarterback Marcus Hendrickson, Northern Arizona defensive lineman Jarret Bilbrey and NAU kicker/punter Andy Wilder.
Sacramento State will play its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 15, against Northern Colorado at 2:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (916) 278-2222. and junior were both named ROOT SPORTS Football Players of the Week by the Big Sky Conference, it was announced today.