Wednesday Feb 11 2009
Briasco To Sign Letter of Intent With Hornets
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Services
Ex-Colfax, Sierra Linebacker Earns Scholarship
Chris Briasco. a mainstay at linebacker the past two seasons for the Sierra College Wolverines, will sign a national letter of intent on Thursday to play football on a full scholarship at Sacramento State next season. Briasco, a 2006 Colfax High graduate, was a key defensive factor on two of Sierra's recent Valley Conference championship teams. "I'm excited," said Briasco. "It's a chance to play close to home in front of family and friends. It played a big factor in the scholarship." Briasco had turned down a scholarship offer from Old Dominion in Virginia last week and had planned on "walking on" at Sacramento State. However, the Hornets had a late scholarship become avaiiable and offered it Tuesday evening to the ex-Falcon and Wolverine. Briasco, 6-1 225, is expected to contend for a starting spot at middle linebacker for the Hornets. “Chris was very much the glue of our defense this year,” Sierra coach Jeff Tisdel said. “He was one of our leaders this year. I'm so happy for him that everything worked out." Briasco is one of several Wolverines moving on to play at four-year schools. Previously,linebacker Bryson Littlejohn, the Defensive Player of the Year, is headed for the University of Oregon, while Offensive Player of the Year Lamon Muldrow, who ran for nearly 4,000 yards in his two seasons at Sierra, is already at San Jose State. Also moving on from Sierra to a Bowl Championship Subdivision school is safety Mike Grant, who earned a full-ride scholarship to UNLV.