PARK CITY, Utah — Sacramento State senior Ben Sorensen was named to the Preseason All-Big Sky football team, it was announced today. Sorensen was one of two defensive ends chosen to the team and one of 12 defensive players to earn preseason all-conference honors.

Sorensen was honorable mention all-Big Sky liast season. He appeared in each of the team's 11 games, starting 10 at defensive end. The Clovis, Calif., native led the team with 11.0 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks and finished the year with 42 total tackles. Sorensen also had five quarterback hurries, forced a team-high three fumbles and recovered a pair of fumbles. During the season, he had at least one tackle in all 11 games and had four or more in eight contests.

Sorensen enters the season with 21 career tackles-for-loss and needs just three TFLs do crack the career top 10 list at Sacramento State. His 8.5 career sacks leaves him four shy of the 10 in the Hornet record book.

Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud was named the Big Sky Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Cole Reyes, a safety from North Dakota, was voted the Big Sky Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Sacramento State opens the 2017 season at Idaho on Thursday, Aug. 31. The team's first home game will be on Saturday, Sept. 9 against Incarnate Word.

2017 Big Sky Conference Preseason Team

Offensive MVP - Gage Gubrud, Jr., QB, Eastern Washington
Defensive MVP - Cole Reyes, Sr., S, North Dakota

QB Gage Gubrud
Jr. McMinnville, Ore. Eastern Washington
RB John Santiago* Jr. St. Francis, Minn. North Dakota
RB Brady Oliveira
Winnipeg, Manitoba
North Dakota
FB Joe Protheroe Sr. Concord, Calif. Cal Poly
OG Tyler Shank
Sr. Chandler, Ariz.
Northern Arizona
OG Demon Taylor
Jr. St. Louis, Mo.
North Dakota
C Joey Kuperman
Sr. San Diego, Calif.
Cal Poly
OT David Reese
Sr. Happy Valley, Ore.
OT Randin Crecelius
Sr. Lake Stevens, Wash.
Portland State
TE Andrew Vollert*
Sr. San Mateo, Calif.
Weber State
WR Emmanuel Butler*
Sr. Phoenix, Ariz.
Northern Arizona
WR Keelan Doss
Jr. Alameda, Calif.
UC Davis
WR Jerry Louie-McGee
So. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Montana
K Griffin Roehler
So. Litchfield Park, Ariz. Northern Arizona
Ret. John Santiago
Jr. St. Francis, Minn.
North Dakota
DE Albert Havili
Sr. Federal Way, Wash.
Eastern Washington
DE Ben Sorensen
Sr. Clovis, Calif.
Sacramento State
DT Robert Torgerson
Sr. Richfield, Utah
Southern Utah
DT Anthony Del Toro
So. Grants Pass, Ore.
Portland State
OLB Mike Needham Sr. St. George, Utah Southern Utah
OLB Josh Buss
Jr. Boise, Idaho
ILB Mac Bignell
Sr. Drummond, Mont.
Montana State
ILB Landon Stice
Jr. Stansbury Park, Utah Weber State
CB Deion Harris
Sr. Hibbing, Minn.
North Dakota
CB Taron Johnson Sr. Sacramento, Calif. Weber State
S Cole Reyes Sr. Schaumber, Ill. North Dakota
S Mitch Fettig
Jr. Olympia, Wash.
Eastern Washington
P Jacob DeMaio
Sr. Danville, Calif.
Weber State
ST Hakeem Deggs Sr. Plaquemine, La. Northern Colorado
* Unanimous Selection