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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.


Another position group with a much stronger foothold than a year ago is running back. Sacramento State returns four of its fop five rushers from 2017, including a trio of incoming sophomores who all shined during their collegiate debuts.

Bryan Perkinson was the team's leading rusher last season with 591 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Perkinson did not play in the Hornets' first three games before making his first appearance in the team's win over eventual conference champion Southern Utah. The Hawthorne, Calif., native led the team with 155 yards and a score in the win over Idaho State. He produced his second game over the century mark with 164 yards and a TD in the victory at Cal Poly. Perkinson scored a touchdown in four of the final six games of the year and the team was undefeated when he found the end zone.

Elijah Dotson led the team in all-purpose yards with 1,017 during his first collegiate season. Dotson rushed for 475 yards and had the team high in four games. His biggest performance came against Northern Colorado where he turned 16 carries into 124 yards and a pair of scores. He also added 92 yards in the win over UC Davis. The Antelope HS graduate was also a weapon out of the backfield with eight receptions for 139 yards and pair of TDs.

Isaiah Gable served as a change of pace back for the team in the first nine games of the year before injuring his knee. Gable had 75 carries for 377 yards and also scored a touchdown. The diminutive back (5-foot-4, 140 pounds) had four games with at least 10 carries and averaged 5.33 yards per carry in those contests.

Ja'Narrick James and Montaz Thompson both have experience with the program and will look to take the field for the first time this fall. James redshirted last fall after transferring from Santa Rosa JC. Thompson came to the program in the spring after a stellar prep career at Pittsburg HS where he amassed 3,400 yards and 46 touchdowns over his junior and senior seasons.

The newest running back is Darnay Smith from Santiago HS in Corona, Calif. Smith (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) only played in three games as a senior before breaking his leg. However, he managed to rush for 308 yards and five touchdowns in those games.


No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/Previous School
20 Montaz Thompson 5-9 180 Fr. Antioch, Calif./Pittsburg HS
21 Bryant Perkinson 5-10 205 So. Hawthorne, Calif./Lawndale HS
22 Darnay Smith 6-2 195 Fr. Corona, Calif./Santiago HS
28 Isaiah Gable 5-4 140 So. Arleta, Calif./Arleta HS
33 Elijah Dotson 6-0 190 So. Sacramento, Calif./Antelope HS
35 Ja'Narrick James 5-5 160 Jr. Sebastapol, Calif./Santa Rosa JC
44 Hunter Hogue 5-7 170 Fr. Firebaugh, Calif./Firebaugh HS



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.