Talented Receiving Corps Back For Hornets

THe Sacramento State Hornets' wide receivers return intact, poised to help the new Hornet signal caller become comfortable. Going against the Bronco defense, what a baptism this could be.

While Sacramento State will operate with a new quarterback for the second consecutive year, the Hornets are in good shape at the receiver position. All three wideouts return this fall for Coach Steve Mooshagian.

Ryan Coogler (5-10, 185, Sr.) is the veteran of the group with two years' starting experience. Coogler was an honorable mention all-Big Sky pick last year after grabbing 45 catches for 441 yards. In 2004, he had 28 receptions for 254 yards. Coogler needs just seven catches to move into the career top 10 in receptions at Sacramento State. He is also a two-time Big Sky All-Academic selection.

Bobby Mooshagian (5-11, 195, So.), the coach's son, was also listed as honorable mention in the Big Sky. He was on the receiving end of 24 passes for 245 yards. He'll make the tough catch in traffic and is a possession receiver. Mooshagian was also a punt returner last season, a position he will likely repeat again in 2005.

Phillip Perry (6-2, 190, Jr.) has been a part-time starter each of the last two years. He had a great freshman year but only caught six passes last season.

The Hornets are glad to have the services of junior Billy White (6-1, 200, Jr.) after he missed nearly all of last season. In 2003, White caught 14 passes as a sophomore but broke his wrist in the season opener against Nevada.

Junior Tyler Fanucchi (5-9, 190, Jr.) is a name familiar to Bronco fans. His brother, Lou, was one of the all-time top receivers at Boise State. Tyler originally signed with Iowa but finds himself playing for Sacramento State now. Fanucchi caught six passes for 72 yards last season.

At tight end, Ray Navar (6-6, 250, So.) is the only returner on the roster. Navar caught one pass in eight games. Reading between the lines, he'll be in there for blocking. Junior Tim Bessolo (6-4, 235) and junior college transfer Jeremiah Marenko (6-1, 280) could also get some playing time.

As Sacramento State will be starting the season with a green quarterback, the receiving corps may not have their timing down with whomever lines up under center. Although they can cause some damage, it may be later in the year that the aerial attack begins to blossom.


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