LINDSEY, OBINNA, HARRIEL NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG SKY FOOTBALL TEAM

LINDSEY, OBINNA, HARRIEL NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG SKY FOOTBALL TEAM

SPOKANE, Wash. — Three members of the Sacramento State football team were named to the preseason all-Big Sky Conference team, it was announced today at the Big Sky Kickoff. The three, comprised of wide receiver Andre Lindsey, defensive end George Obinna and safety Mister Harriel, are the most the Hornets have had on the preseason all-conference team since the selections began.

Lindsey enjoyed his breakout season in 2017, tying for second on the team with 25 receptions and finishing the year with a team-high 756 receiving yards to earn second team all-Big Sky accolades. He led the FCS with 30.24 yards per reception and ranked eighth in the Big Sky with 68.7 yards per game. Lindsey broke one of the longest standing records in Sacramento State history with his yards per reception. The previous record was set by Kevin Fontes in 1982 with an average of 23.21. The Stockton, Calif., native led the team in receiving touchdowns with eight and had four games with at least 100 receiving yards. Lindsey was a big-play threat throughout the season with 13 receptions and two rushes for at least 25 yards. Following the year, Lindsey became the Big Sky champion in the 60-hurdles at the indoor championships, earned all-conference honors in the 110-hurdles at the outdoor championships and advanced to the second round of the NCAA West Preliminary in the event.

Obinna was named preseason FCS All-American earlier this summer by Athlon Sports. Last season, he helped spark a Hornet defense which set the school Div. I-era record with 43 sacks and finished the season tied for second in the FCS sacks and ranked third in third-down defense. Obinna recorded 8.5 sacks and 12.5 TFLs during the season while appearing in all 11 games. The Tracy, Calif., native has already moved into a tie for fourth place in the Hornet record book for career sacks and heads into next season needing just a half tackle-for-loss to crack the top 10.

Harriel is also a preseason All-American as he was placed on Street & Smith's team. He was a first team all-Big Sky selection a year ago after leading the team with a career high 87 stops. The hard-hitting safety had 5.0 TFLs, including a pair of sacks. He also did his part in pass coverage, recording three interceptions and a pair of pass breakups. The Antelope HS graduate had at least three tackles in every game and finished with 10 or more in three contests, including 11 in the Causeway Classic victory over UC Davis.

Sacramento State begins its 2018 season at home against St. Francis (Ill.) on Sept. 1. Season tickets can be purchased by calling (916) 278-2222.

2018 Big Sky Conference Preseason Team

Offensive MVP - Keelan Doss, Sr., WR, UC Davis
Defensive MVP - Josh Buss, Sr., LB, Montana


Offense
QB Gage Gubrud Sr. Eastern Washington
RB James Madison Sr. Idaho State
RB Antoine Custer Jr. Eastern Washington
FB Joe Protheroe Sr. Cal Poly
OG Noah Johnson Jr. Idaho
OG PJ Nu'usa Jr. Southern Utah
C Zach Larsen Jr. Southern Utah
OT Iosua Opeta Sr. Weber State
OT Marquez Tucker Sr. Southern Utah
TE Charlie Taumoepeau Jr. Portland State
TE Wes Preece Jr. UC Davis
WR Keelan Doss Sr. UC Davis
WR Emmanuel Butler Sr. Northern Arizona
WR Andre Lindsey Sr. Sacramento State
WR Alex Wesley Sr. Northern Colorado
K Trey Tuttle So. Weber State
Ret. Rashid Shaheed So. Weber State
       
Defense
DE George Obinna Sr. Sacramento State
DE Jonah Williams Jr. Weber State
DT Jay-Tee Tiuli Sr. Eastern Washington
DT Tucker Yates Sr. Montana State
OLB Josh Buss Sr. Montana
OLB Kaden Ellis Sr. Idaho
ILB LeGrand Toia Sr. Weber State
ILB Chinedu Ahanonu Sr. Southern Utah
CB Khalil Dorsey Jr. Northern Arizona
CB Jalen Russell So. Southern Utah
S Wes Sutton Sr. Northern Arizona
S Mister Harriel Sr. Sacramento State
P Cade Coffey So. Idaho
ST Brady May Sr. Weber State