SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State will add eight individuals and the first team to its football Hall of Fame, it was announced today. The induction will occur on Friday, Nov. 17, and the group will also be recognized the following day at the Causeway Classic.
The 1968 team is the first to be inducted into the Sacramento State Football Hall of Fame. The team went 8-2 during the regular season to earn an invitation to the Junior Rose Bowl where the Hornets faced Grambling State in Pasadena. Sacramento State ended the regular season by winning its final five games and outscored the opposition 245-137 in its 11 games. The team had six players earn first team all-Far Western Conference honors during the season, including running back John Scorza and wide receiver Mike Carter.
Sacramento State will also honor (in alphabetical order) wide receiver Fred Otis Amey, offensive lineman Bob Barnes, running back/kick returner Charlie Bell, defensive back Pat Moloney, linebacker Cyrus Mulitalo, defensive end Zack Nash and offensive lineman Terence Wagner. Former player and current NFL assistant coach Clancy Barone will receiver the cornerstone award.
Amey holds nearly every career receiving record at Sacramento State. A four-year starter from 2001-04, he caught 248 passes for 4,049 yards and 27 touchdowns. Amey's career yardage total is more than double of any other player in Hornet history. He earned All-America honors in 2002 and 2004, was a three-time first team all-Big Sky selection and played professionally with the San Francisco 49ers as well as stints in the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League.
Barnes came to Sacramento State in the fall of 1990 after playing at Modesto Junior College. He became a two-year starter who earned all-Western Football Conference honors both seasons. Barnes was also selected as the team's most valuable offensive lineman following both years. Barnes helped anchor an offensive line for a team which doubled its win total for 4-6 to 8-2 in his two years.
Bell was part of three teams which combined to win 20 games between 1968-70. The diminutive back was part of a high-powered rushing attack for the team. However, it was on special teams where Bell shined. He was the team's leading kick returner all three years of his career and had the highest punt return yardage in two of those seasons. Bell set the Sacramento State single-season record with 360 punt return yards and averaged 18.00 yards per punt return in 1968. Both of those marks remain the high water mark in program history.
Moloney is the Sacramento State record holder in career interceptions. with 20. The defensive back was a two-time all-Far Western Conference selection while a member of the team from 1967-70. In his final two years, Moloney had nine interceptions each season which is tied for the second best single-season total in school history. His career mark of 20 is five more than the next closest mark and makes him one of just eight players to have double-digit career interceptions at Sacramento State.
The third-leading tackler in school history, Cyrus Mulitalo is the only player in school history to earn All-America honors in three seasons. Mulitalo completed his career with 336 career tackles which placed him second in school history at the time. He broke out as a sophomore where he led the Big Sky with 10.9 tackles per game (120 total). The next two years he added 98 and 97 tackles, respectively. Mulitalo was a first team all-Big Sky choice after his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and was also used on offense as a short-yardage running back late in his career.
Nash was a two-time FCS All-American as a defensive end, including become the first Hornet to be named first team by the AFCA. His 29.5 career sacks are the most in school history and he ranks fifth with 40.5 career tackles-for-loss. Over his last two seasons, Nash totaled 31.5 sacks and set the school single-game record with 5.0 sacks against Idaho State in both 2010 and 2011. Nash was a first team all-Big Sky choice after his final two seasons and earned honorable mention all-conference as a freshman in 2008.
Wagner started all 44 games of his career in the middle of a talented offensive line for Sacramento State. Wager was a three-time all-Big Sky choice at center and earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior. During his career, he helped pave the way for All-America running back Charles Roberts and led a line which averaged 202.7 rushing yards per game in his four years. He went on to play with the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams in the NFL.
Barone transferred to Sacramento State from Nevada prior to the 1985 season. He made an immediate impact, starting every game at guard during his first season and was a first team all-WFC selection as a senior. During his two years, the Hornets posted a 9-2 league record. Following his playing career, Barone coached at American River College and in Europe. He joined the Sacramento State in 1991 before leaving for Texas A&M two years later. His coaching career has landed him at 11 stops, including the Atlanta Falcons (2004-06), San Diego Chargers (2007-08), Denver Broncos (2009-16) and Minnesota Vikings (2017). He served as the offensive line coach for the Broncos in their victory in Super Bowl 50.
A complete list of the Sacramento State Hall of Fame can be viewed here.
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