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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor


Redshirt freshman Carson Conklin sits in the shotgun moments before snapping the ball for play Saturday, April 20, 2024. Conklin finished the spring game showcase with 142 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Hornets take a step in right direction during annual spring football game

Orlando Fuller, Staffer April 24, 2024
Sac State football continues preparation with spring game showcase. Recruits were invited out to watch the team as well as local Hornets fans.
Senior linebacker Armon Bailey makes sure to stay locked into the turf, avoiding a fault during the broad jump event Thursday, March 14, 2024. Bailey was a vital centerpiece in the Hornets’ defense.

Hornets showcase skills at Sac State pro day with NFL scouts in attendance

Orlando Fuller, Staffer March 25, 2024
Sacramento State Hornets shine at their pro day for a chance in professional leagues like the NFL, UFL or CFL.
In 2016, Colin Kaepernick decided to sit down during the national anthem and later kneeled in support of the fight against police brutality, discrimination and racial inequality. His legacy serves as a powerful reminder of the intersection between sports and social change. (Graphic made in Canva by Hailey Valdivia)

OPINION: The NFL blackballed Colin Kaepernick and never apologized

Ismael Martinez Castillo, staffer February 11, 2024
As Super Bowl 58 approaches, fans have questioned the political agenda of a Taylor Swift game and have forgotten Colin Kaepernick taking a knee.
Senior running back Marcus Fulcher runs ahead against South Dakota Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023. Fulcher scored twice against the Coyotes in his final game as a Hornet.

Sac State loses heavyweight playoff bout against South Dakota

Jack Freeman, Sports Editor December 2, 2023
Sacramento State saw their season come to an end in South Dakota after a quarter where everything fell apart.
Senior running back Marcus Fulcher runs downfield against Cal Poly Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. Fulcher was held to just 48 yards on 10 carries against North Dakota

Sac State’s explosive offense meets South Dakota’s stonewall defense

Jack Freeman, Sports Editor November 30, 2023
Sacramento State rolls into another FCS playoff game to take on South Dakota who brings a fearsome defense and another loud dome.
Junior quarterback Kaiden Bennett scrambles while looking downfield against UC Davis Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. Bennett led the Sac State offense in passing yards and rushing yards in the 42-35 win over North Dakota.

Sac State’s high-powered offense lifts Hornets over Fighting Hawks

Jack Freeman, Sports Editor November 25, 2023
Sacramento State advances to the FCS second round for the fourth straight year in a row after their shootout victory over North Dakota 42-35.
Freshman quarterback Carson Conklin throws a pass Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. Conklin is the first true freshman quarterback to play for Sac State since 2015.

‘All gas, no brakes’: Sac State heads into program’s first FCS playoff road game

Jack Freeman, Sports Editor November 24, 2023
Sacramento State is on the road for the first time ever in the FCS playoffs taking on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks this Saturday.
Junior wideout Anderson Grover runs upfield Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. Grover transferred to Sac State after spending his first two years at Washington State.

Sac State gets shut down in must-win Causeway Classic

Jack Freeman, Sports Editor November 18, 2023
Sacramento State’s FCS playoff hopes have been pushed to the brink of extinction after their 31-21 loss to UC Davis in the 69th Causeway Classic.
Senior linebacker Armon Bailey flexes after making a tackle against UC Davis Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Bailey leads the Hornets’ defense with 73 tackles in just nine games.

Sac State meets UC Davis for monumental 69th Causeway Classic

Jack Freeman, Sports Editor November 17, 2023
Sacramento State has beaten UC Davis three times in a row; now the Hornets are ready for the Aggies with playoff implications on the line in the 69th Causeway Classic.
Freshman quarterback Carson Conklin looks ahead to make a pass during the Hornets’ final home game in Hornet Stadium Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. This game marked Conklin’s first start as Sac State’s quarterback with 313 passing yards and a 65.4% completion rate.

Hornets’ potent offense secures a win over Cal Poly

Joey Aguirre, Staffer November 12, 2023
Lethal offense and clutch play from the defense helped propel the Sacramento State Hornets to a 41-30 win over the Cal Poly Mustangs
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