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CARTER, CORNISH LEAD 14 SELECTIONS ON ALL-BIG SKY TEAMS

CARTER, CORNISH LEAD 14 SELECTIONS ON ALL-BIG SKY TEAMS

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OGDEN, Utah —
The Sacramento State football team had 14 student-athletes earn all-Big Sky Conference honors, including six on the first or second teams, it was announced today in a vote by the league's coaches. Wide receiver DeAndre Carter and kicker Brad Cornish were each named to the first team while Garrett Safron, Nnamdi Agude, Jaycee Totty and Darnell Sankey were voted to the second team.

Carter was the lone unanimous selection on either side of the ball. The senior led the Football Championship Subdivision and the Big Sky with 1,321 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns. His 99 receptions were also the most in the FCS and ranked second in league history. The San Jose, Calif., native was a model of consistency throughout the season, amassing at least 100-yards in six games and averaging 10.1 receptions and 139.2 yards in the eight league games. Carter earned national player of the week honors during the season after setting the school record with 16 receptions for 237 receiving yards and four touchdowns against Southern Utah. He was also named to the all-Big Sky first team a year ago.

Cornish was the most accurate kicker in the Big Sky during the season. The sophomore made 14-of-17 field goal attempts to tie for the most field goals made in Sacramento State history. He was 14-of-15 on kicks under 45 yards and made 56-of-59 extra point attempts. His 98 total points were the most by a kicker in school history.

Safron earned second team all-Big Sky accolades for the second consecutive season. The senior led the FCS with 353.4 yards of total offense per game. He set the Sacramento State single-season record with 3,490 passing yards and 34 passing touchdowns. His touchdown total placed him second in the FCS while his yardage was the fourth most. Safron threw for at least 250 yards in the final eight games of the season and had at least one passing touchdown in 11 of the team's 12 games. The Santa Monica, Calif., native was also effective with his legs as he ranked second on the team with 751 rushing yards. Overall, he accounted for 38 touchdowns.

Agude enjoyed his best season as a Hornet, catching 70 passes for 1,156 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 10 TDs were the third most in the Big Sky and ranked 10th in the FCS. He had five 100-yard games during the season, including four of the first six contests. Agude also led the team with an average of 16.5 yards per reception. He combined with Carter to form the only tandem of 1,000 yard receivers in the FCS.

Totty was named to the second team as a defensive end. The senior finished the season with 48 tackles, including a team best 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 6.5 sacks. He was also credited with 10 quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble. Totty set a career high with 10 tackles against Montana State and had two sacks in the win over Southern Utah.

Sankey ranked among the nation's elite until an injury against Cal Poly halted his season. The linebacker finished the year ranked seventh in the FCS and third in the Big Sky with 11.0 tackles per game. He recorded at least 10 tackles in all seven complete games in which he played, including a career high 21 against Montana State. Sankey was credited with 99 tackles, including eight for loss. He also forced two fumbles, recovered one and returned an interception for a touchdown.

Aleksandar Milanovic and Derek Nielsen each earned all-Big Sky honors for the first time after being named to the third team. The pair started all 12 games for the team and helped paved the way for a record-breaking offense which averaged 38.2 points and 481.7 yards per game. Milanovic, a junior from Vienna, Austria has started 33 games at tackle during his career. Nielsen had 20 career starts at guard over his final two years of his career.

Robbie Kendall ranked third on the team with 92 tackles despite playing in 10 games and also garnered third team honors. The senior started each of his games at safety before being injured on the opening kickoff against Portland State. While playing out of the secondary, he had four tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks.

Along with nine players on the first, second and third teams, Sacramento State was also represented by five players on the honorable mention list. On offense, tight end Chris Broadnax and running back Jordan Robinson were recognized. Broadnax caught 26 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson led the team with 862 yards and five touchdowns and also caught 30 passes for 236 yards and four scores.

Linebacker Henry Fernandez and defensive end Ben Cowger were recognized on the defense. Fernandez was the team's leading tackler with 106 stops. That total ranked him sixth in the Big Sky and is tied for the ninth most in school history. Fernandez had at least 11 tackles in each of the last three games, including 15 in the win over UC Davis. Cowger had 21 tackles while playing on the defensive line. The senior ended his career with four tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in the Causeway Classic.

Russell Smith completed the honorees by being named honorable mention on special teams. The sophomore played on all four special team units and had 58 tackles during his eight games.

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams was named the Offensive Player of the Year. The Defensive Player of the Year went to Montana defensive end Zack Wagenmann. Idaho State linebacker Mario Jenkins was the Freshman of the Year and Southern Utah quarterback Ammon Olsen was the Newcomer of the Year.

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