FOOTBALL POSITION PREVIEW: OFFENSIVE LINE/TIGHT ENDS

FOOTBALL POSITION PREVIEW: OFFENSIVE LINE/TIGHT ENDS

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.

OFFENSIVE LINE

The majority of the offensive line returns for the team, including three starters from a year ago and five who have started games during their career. Last season's team success can be directly linked to the improved play by the line. The Hornets allowed just 16 sacks in 11 games and averaged 5.0 yards per rush attempt.

Senior Ivan Espiritu anchors the line at center. Espiritu is the only offensive player to start all 22 games over the last two seasons. The Reedley, Calif., native cracked the starting lineup as a sophomore at right guard before moving to center last year.

Wyatt Ming made a seamless transition from the defensive line to the offensive line last season. Ming started the final 10 games for the team at right guard and was named honorable mention all-Big Sky.

Taylor Tappin completes the trio of senior starters. Tappin was the starting right tackle in all 11 games a year ago and has 15 career starts.

Nick Bianco and Ruben Meza have both earned starts during their career and could contend for the open positions vacated by the graduated Jonathan Bade and Lake Aiono. Bianco started one game at left guard in 2017 while Meza has 19 career starts.

The next wave of Hornet linemen includes sophomore Thomas Parker who played in the final four games last season as a true freshman. Sophomore Brandon Boccaleoni will likely back up Espiritu at center for the second consecutive season. Returning redshirts include Troy Stiefel, Brandon Weldon and Kaiden Henry. The team also added junior college transfers Peter Vadasz and Brysen Klinefelter.

Sacramento State's roster features five tight ends — its highest total in recent memory. While the numbers provide the team options, none of the five caught a pass for the Hornets in 2017.

John McGill is slated to return to the field after redshirting last season following an injury. McGill has 17 career receptions and caught a touchdown in each of his first two seasons.

Calvin Grover started three games in the last half of 2017 but did not have a reception.

Martin Robles returns for his third season with the team and will be joined by redshirt freshman Tysean Prysock, three-star recruit Jarrell Anderson of Spanaway, Wash., and converted running Marshel Martin.

 

No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Previous School
3 Jarrell Anderson (TE) 6-4 240 Fr. Spanaway, Wash./Rainier Beach HS
30 Marshel Martin (TE) 6-2 200 Fr. Vallejo, Calif./St. Patrick-St. Vincent HS
41 Tysean Prysock (TE) 6-1 210 Fr. Santa Clarita, Calif./Salesian HS
50 Brandon Boccaleoni 6-3 300 So. Rohnert Park, Calif./Rancho Cotate HS
51 Taylor Tappin 6-4 310 Sr. Windsor, Calif./Windsor HS
53 Ivan Espiritu 6-2 295 Sr. Reedley, Calif./Reedley HS
59 Wyatt Ming 6-2 320 Sr. Acampo, Calif./St. Mary's HS
60 Nick Bianco 6-4 300 Jr. Visalia, Calif./Redwood HS
65 Peter Vadasz 6-4 290 Jr. Los Gatos, Calif./De Anza JC
66 Kaiden Henry 6-5 350 Fr. Yuba City, Calif./Yuba City HS
67 Parker Kernek 6-4 275 Fr. Castaic, Calif./Valencia HS
69 Ishveer Gill 6-1 250 Fr. Yuba City, Calif./Yuba City HS
70 Kyle Swinford 6-5 260 Fr. Sacramento, Calif./Bradshaw Christian HS
71 Troy Stiefel 6-5 290 Fr. Yorba Linda, Calif./Yorba Linda HS
73 Ulisis Nunez 6-2 315 So. Tulare, Calif./Tulare Union HS
74 Ruben Meza 6-4 290 Sr. Murrietta, Calif./Murrietta Mesa HS
77 Brysen Klinefelter 6-0 305 Jr. El Dorado, Calif./Sacramento City JC
78 Brandon Weldon 6-3 300 Fr. El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS
79 Thomas Parker 6-3 310 So. Coto de Caza, Calif./Santa Margarita HS
86 Calvin Grover 6-4 225 So. Modesto, Calif./Downey HS
88 John McGill 6-3 230 Jr. Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure HS
89 Martin Robles 6-4 260 So. Live Oak, Calif./Live Oak 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.