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.
With 69 combined career starts, the linebacking position is the most experienced group on the team. Not only have the trio of Immanuel Anderson, Manoah Pearson and Marcus Bruce each made double-digit starts, all three have earned all-Big Sky honors.
Anderson played safety his first two years with the team before making the move to outside linebacker last season. The Elk Grove HS product has made 32 career starts and enters the season with 238 career tackles which places him 10th in school history. Last season, he ranked fourth on the team with 59 total tackles, including 10.0 for loss and one sack. He played a large role in the team's convincing victory at Cal Poly as he was credited with seven solo tackles, including three TFLs against the Mustangs' option attack.
Pearson has also cracked the top 20 in career tackles at Sacramento State. The middle linebacker enters the season with 198 career tackles and has been extremely consistent during his career with three years of at least 52 stops. In 2017, the Carson, Calif., native had a career high 7.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks.
Bruce was named third team all-Big Sky last year as an outside linebacker. He made 10 starts during the year and ranked fifth on the team with 57 tackles. Bruce showed a nose for the football as he led the team with four fumble recoveries which all came in consecutive games. He turned two of those recoveries into touchdowns with a 25-yard scoop and score at North Dakota and diving on a ball in the end zone at Cal Poly.
Senior Malcolm Thomas and sophomore Miguel Garcia also contributed to the corps last season. Thomas had 43 tackles, including 5.0 for loss with 3.5 sacks. He also picked off a pair of passes starting with a 15-yard interception return for a TD against Weber State. Garcia had 35 total tackles as a true freshman. He set his career high with eight tackles against Northern Arizona and also had an interception during the year.
Kevin McKinney completes the returners. Along with seeing action at linebacker, McKinney has been a standout on special teams.
Five freshmen are the newest members to the group. Tali Finefeuiaki enrolled in the spring and took part in practice. Jeremy Harris (a two-star recruit), Lemusu Toailoa (all-Southern Section) and Armon Bailey (three-star recruit and all-NorCal) all came to the team at the start of camp.
|9||Malcolm Thomas||6-1||220||Sr.||Roseville, Calif./Woodcreek HS|
|22||Miguel Garcia||6-1||225||So.||Sanger, Calif./Sanger HS|
|29||Immanuel Anderson||5-11||205||Sr.||Vallejo, Calif./Elk Grove HS|
|32||Kevin McKinney||6-0||225||Jr.||Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Trabuco Hills HS|
|34||Marcus Bruce||5-10||180||Sr.||Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS|
|39||Jeremy Harris||6-0||220||Fr.||Simi Valley, Calif./Moorpark HS|
|46||Lemusu Toailoa||5-11||215||Fr.||Rialto, Calif./Carter HS|
|54||Tali Finefeuiaki||6-0||210||Fr.||Sunnyvale, Calif./Wilcox HS|
|55||Manoah Pearson||6-0||225||Sr.||Carson, Calif./Carson 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.