Regional digest: Sac State QB, UC Davis kicker are Big Sky Conference football players of the week

Sacramento State quarterback Garrett Safron and UC Davis kicker Brady Stuart were named Big Sky Conference Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, it was announced Monday.

Safron compiled 596 total yards and accounted for six touchdowns in Sacramento State’s 43-42 win at Portland State on Saturday. The junior from Santa Monica completed 34 of 50 passes for a school-record 554 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 42 yards and two scores.

He led the Hornets on a late 85-yard drive and threw the winning 4-yard touchdown pass to Cole Hikutini (Pleasant Grove High School) with 30 seconds remaining.

Safron’s passing yardage is the second-most by a Football Championship Subdivision quarterback this season.

His total yardage set a school record and is the fifth-most in Big Sky history. Safron also set single-game school records for completions, attempts and touchdowns.

The award is Safron’s third season and the fifth of his career. Stuart was honored for the second time this season.

Stuart, a freshman from Newhall, made a career-high four field goals and two extra points in UC Davis’ 34-18 win over North Dakota. Stuart kicked field goals of 18, 29, 32 and 35 yards to tie the conference’s single-game high this season.

Stuart has made eight consecutive field goals and has 15 this season.

– Bill Paterson

Sac State signings

•  Outside hitter Shannon Boyle of Ridgefield, Wash., middle blocker Lana Brown of Redding and setter Kennedy Kurtz of Tucson, Ariz., signed national letters of intent to play volleyball at Sacramento State.

Boyle is a three-sport standout in volleyball, basketball and softball at Ridgefield High School. The 6-foot Brown is the Northern Section’s career blocks leader and has helped lead Shasta High School to three Division II section title matches. Kurtz led Ironwood Ridge to three consecutive Arizona section championships.

– Bill Paterson



When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

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