FOOTBALL HAS OPENING SCRIMMAGE ON SATURDAY
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After two weeks of practice, the Sacramento State football team will hold its first scrimmage of spring ball on Sat., Apr. 21. The scrimmage will take place on the team’s practice field, which is located north of the stadium, and will get under way at 9:45 a.m.
The scrimmage will be broken down into six segments. The first series will be 16 plays beginning at the offense’s 30-yard line. That will be followed by an 8-play series from the offense’s 5-yard line. The third segment will be 16 plays which begins at the defense’s 40-yard line. The final three drives will be a 12-play series from the defense’s 10-yard line, 12 plays from the offfense’s 45-yard line (which will simulate a 3rd-and-6 situation) and a 10-play two-minute drill which will start at the offense’s 30-yard line.
The first team players will receive approximately two-thirds of the action during the scrimmage before giving way to the second team in all six segments. The scrimmage will also serve as the first test for first-year head coach Marshall Sperbeck, who is instituting a new offense for the Hornets this season.
Sacramento State will likely share time at quarterback during the day between seniors Crosby Wehr and Tim Bessolo, sophomore KC Patterson and redshirt freshman Jason Smith. The Hornets also return three starters at receiver in seniors Ryan Coogler and Phillip Perry as well as junior Torrell Baker, who will shift back outside after playing running back in 2006.
The majority of the defense returns for defensive coordinator Lou Baiz. Linebacker Cyrus Mulitalo, defensive tackle Dallas Mauga and safety Brent Webber were each second team all-Big Sky Conference selections last season.
The scrimmage is the first of two for the team (the other coming on Apr. 28) before the Green & Gold Game on Sat., May 5.
Sacramento State opens its regular season on Sept. 1 at Fresno State.