SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State football team suited up just 54 players, including only one quarterback, for its second scrimmage of spring practice on Saturday. Despite the lack of bodies, the offense and defense both produced highlights during the 54-play scrimmage at Hornet Stadium.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Kniffin took each snap for the offense. The Rocklin HS graduate completed 13-of-20 passes for 140 yards and also rushed for seven yards. Kniffin led the offense on three scoring drives comprised of two touchdowns and a field goal. His highlights included a 35-yard pass down the sideline to Dominic Coulter and a 33-yard strike to Dalton Hunkle.
"I though that Daniel did some nice things today," Sacramento State head coach Marshall Sperbeck said. "The only way for him to gain confidence and get better is to get more reps in a game situation."
Hunkle led team with four receptions for 56 yards and was one of seven Hornets to catch a pass during the day. Tight end Chris Broadnax had three grabs for 18 yards.
Running backs De'Jon Coleman, Jordan Robinson and Brandon Kellermann shared playing time in the backfield. Coleman had 11 carries for 29 yards, including a touchdown. Robinson had eight carries for 19 yards and a score while Kellermann had six attempts for 17 yards.
The Hornet defense forced stops on four of the first six series of the day, including a pair of three-and-outs. The defense also came up big during the two-minute drill in the final series when sophomore Noah Johnson sacked Kniffin on the final play.
Many of the projected Sacramento State starters were held out of the scrimmage for precautionary measures. While the lack of regulars would be alarming during the regular season, it's not necessarily a bad thing in the spring, according to Sperbeck.
"Obviously both sides would like to have their top 11 guys out there," he said. "However, this is a great way to build depth for the team and find out what we have."
Sacramento State has three midweek practices remaining before concluding spring practice on Saturday with its final scrimmage.
"With one week left I feel like we've made progress," Sperbeck explained. "We're getting better every day and will hopefully continue that during these final four practices."
Coleman 11-29, TD; Robinson 8-29, TD: Kellermann 6-17; Kniffin 4-7.
Hunkle 4-56; Broadnax 3-18; Kellermann 2-15; Coulter 1-35; DePalma 1-13; Sander 1-3; Robinson 1-0.
Alacala TFL; Johnson sack.
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