FOOTBALL POSITION PREVIEW: SPECIALISTS

FOOTBALL POSITION PREVIEW: SPECIALISTS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As kickoff approaches to the 2018 Sacramento State football season, Hornetsports.com will feature a preview on each position group between Aug. 20-27.

SPECIALISTS

The Hornets entered camp with two kickers and one punter joining a pair of long snappers on the roster.

Senior kicker Devon Medeiros returns after earning second team all-Big Sky honors a year ago. Medeiros tied the school single-season record with 14 field goals and tied for third all-time at Sacramento State with a percentage of .824. The Hilmar, Calif., led the team with 94 total points which placed him sixth in the school record book.

Medeiros converted his final five field goals of the season and was successful on eight of his last nine with the only miss coming from 48 yards. He started the season with a career-long 52-yarder at Idaho which is tied for the second best by a Hornet. He also handled all the team's kickoff duties and averaged 64.2 yards per attempt. He had 43 touchbacks on his 75 kickoffs and finished the year with a net of 41.1 yards.

True freshman Ricky Purvis will join Medeiros at kicker. Purvis recently graduated from Rocklin HS where he earned first team all-Sierra Foothill League and second team Sacramento Bee all-Metro honors as a senior. That season he made 13-of-18 field goal attempts (with a long of 39 yards) and was 23-of-25 of PATs. Purvis also averaged 56.0 yards on 47 kickoffs.

Senior Owen Hoolihan will take over the punting duties after transferring from Prairie View A&M. Originally from Oberon, Australia, Hoolihan can punt using both rugby and traditional styles. At Prairie View A&M, he earned second team all-SWAC as a sophomore. He averaged nearly 40 yards per kick during his career with 15 punts over 50 yards. Hoolihan was also a weapon in the field position game as he placed 43 of his 138 career punts inside the opponent 20-yard line and also forced 43 fair catches.

Junior Ian Lauvai and sophomore Kyler Powell both return as the team's long snappers. Lauvai has started all but one game over the last two seasons and handles the duties on punts, field goals and extra points. Powell, a local product from Roseville, Calif., made his debut last season at Eastern Washington.

Elijah Dotson and Isaiah Capoocia combined for 31 of the team's 35 kick returns in 2017 and both are expected to contribute in the return game in 2018. Dotson led the team with 403 yards on 19 attempts (21.2 ypr) while Capoocia paced the Hornets with an average of 21.6 yards per return (259 yards, 12 att.).

Sacramento State will be in search of a new punt returner for the first time in four years. Isiah Hennie ended his career ranked seventh in school history in career returns (38) and career yards (308).

No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Previous School
1 Owen Hoolihan (P) 6-1 170 Sr. Oberon, Australia/Prairie View A&M
48 Ian Lauvai (LS) 5-11 245 Jr. Corona, Calif./Centennial HS
61 Ricky Purvis (K) 5-9 170 Fr. Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS
64 Kyler Powell (LS) 6-2 205 So. Roseville, Calif./Nevada
68 Devon Medeiros (K) 5-6 190 Sr. Hilmar, Calif./Hilmar HS

 

DINNER UNDER THE LIGHTS TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY

Hornet football will host its annual Dinner Under the Lights on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. The event, which is held on the turf inside Hornet Stadium includes live and silent auctions with all proceeds benefiting the team's nutrition program. Tickets can be purchased HERE.