Yet another Hornet joins defending Super Bowl champs

Lars Hanson celebrates homecoming win
Lars Hanson (76) played four seasons with Sacramento State, earning honorable mention All-Big Sky honors at left tackle in 2015. (Sacramento State/Jessica Vernone)

With their latest signing, the Denver Broncos’ locker room is starting to feel more and more like Broad Fieldhouse East.

This week, former Sacramento State offensive tackle Lars Hanson inked a free agent deal with the defending Super Bowl champions. He joins linebacker Todd Davis, quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp, and offensive line coach Clancy Barone among the ranks of mile-high Hornets.

Hanson played four seasons with Sacramento State, starting his last 39 consecutive games at the most important position on the offensive line, left tackle, aka the “blind side.” In 2014, he presided over an offense that set single-season school records in total yards (5,780) and points (458). In 2015, the 6-foot-8, 305-pound captain was an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference selection.

Signing with Denver, fresh off a 2016 Super Bowl championship victory over the Carolina Panthers, is a dream come true for Hanson: Despite hailing from Southern California, he grew up a lifelong Broncos fan.

Now, he’ll have the chance to toe the line for the team he loves alongside a whole host of familiar faces.

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Award-winning student employee is California’s best

Keylen Newsome, President Robert Nelsen, and Vice President for Student Affairs Edward Mills
Sac State and California Student Employee of the Year Keylen Newsome (center) with Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen (right) and Vice President for Student Affairs Edward Mills. (Sacramento State/Manuel Pacheco)

Congratulations to Keylen Newsome, who was honored Friday, April 15, as Student Employee of the Year – not only for Sacramento State but for the entire state of California!

He and 14 other nominees for the University honor were celebrated at the annual Student Employee Appreciation Luncheon in the University Union Ballroom.

A second-year Economics major, Newsome was honored for his work as an academic mentor with Improve Your Tomorrow, a college preparatory program that provides services and support for young men of color with academic and disciplinary issues.

Each year, the National Student Employment Association recognizes exceptional student employees at the university, state, and federal levels. Keylen was selected as the winner from both Sacramento State and California for the outstanding work he does in our community and the differences he makes in others’ lives every day.

Former Sac State soccer star returns to familiar field with Republic FC

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After patrolling Hornet Field for years in the green and gold, Max Alvarez was back sporting a whole new kit.

More than 900 fans turned out Feb. 24 for the first public “friendly” soccer exhibition between Sacramento State and the region’s fastest-growing professional sports franchise, Sacramento Republic FC. Alvarez (’13, Communications) made his triumphant return to the field where he made his mark in Hornet history, and he did not disappoint (check out Max’s profile at www.csus.edu/made/alvarez.html). Enjoy some of the sights from a memorable game!