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GREEN & GOLD GAME TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY

GREEN & GOLD GAME TO TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State football team will put an end to its spring practice when it holds the annual Green & Gold Game on Saturday at Hornet Stadium. The game will kickoff at 10:30 a.m. and is free to the public.

The Green & Gold Game will pit the Hornet offense against the defense in a controlled setting. Both teams can score points in a variety of ways and a running total will be kept during the game.

The Hornet offense will feature four quarterbacks who are vying for the starting job heading into the 2015 season. Sophomore Daniel Kniffin is the only one of the four who's taken snaps in a game for Sacramento State. Last year, Kniffin completed 15-of-22 pass attempts for 146 yards. The other three signal callers are comprised of redshirt freshman Nolan Merker and transfers Kolney Cassel and Alexis Robinson.

The Hornet offense also features 1,000-yard receiver Nnamdi Agude, leading rusher Jordan Robinson as well as three starters on the offensive line (including tackles Lars Hansen and Aleksandar Milanovic).

On defense, the Hornets return five starters and six of its top 12 returning tacklers from a year ago. The group is led by senior linebacker Darnell Sankey who tallied 99 tackles in just nine games, including eight for loss.

Seniors Brad Cornish and Smith Heath guide the special teams. Cornish tied the school record with 14 field goals in 2014 and set the school record with 56 extra points. Heath returns after averaging 39.6 yards per punt with 16 pinning the opposition inside the 20-yard line.

The game is just one of the many events during a busy weekend for the team. The Bob Mattos Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Friday morning at Rancho Murrieta Country Club. There is also a reunion for all former Hornet football players and coaches at the Marriott Rancho Cordova on Friday night. The weekend's events conclude on Saturday night with the team's awards banquet.

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