First of three scrimmages slated for Saturday morning in WGS
Montana returns just eight starters from its 11-3 team of a year ago
Montana advances to FCS playoffs for 18th time in last 19 seasons
Senior cornerback named to squad for second straight season
SHSU rushes for 383 yards & Flanders gains 287 to lead the Kats
Sept. 10, 2011
Montana: Jabin will be starting for the third consecutive season in 2011. He has 1,155 career receiving yards, and will soon move on to UM's top 30 list in that category. He is the Grizzlies' leading returning receiver. He has played in 34 career games and has 21 starts.
2010: He was second on the team in both receptions (39), receiving yards (584), and yards per catch (15.0 average). He started in nine games, missing two (Portland State and Northern Arizona) because of an injury. He had six rushes for 44 yards, including a 27-yarder for a touchdown at Eastern Washington. He was an Big Sky Conference honorable mention pick at receiver.
2009: He played in all 15 games and started in 12. He was Montana's fourth-leading (tie) receiver with 31 catches, and he was second on the team averaging 16.5 yards per reception.
He scored the game-winning touchdown in the Grizzlies' 24-14 FCS semifinal victory over fifth-ranked Appalachian State, making an over-the-shoulder catch from 25 yards out. He scored twice in the FCS title game on grabs from four and 53 yards out. He ranked second in the Big Sky Conference and 20th in the nation in kickoff returns, averaging 24.82 yards on 37 attempts. He returned one punt for 26 yards against Western State in the season opener.
2008: He lettered as a "true" freshman, playing in 10 games but missed six games due to injury. He had five catches for 59 yards and nine kickoff returns for 161 yards for 220 all-purpose yards.
High School: He was a first team all-conference player at wide receiver and defensive back at Great Oak High School. Voted football MVP as a senior.
He lettered in football, track and field, and wrestling. He was an outstanding sprinter and team captain in track. His senior season he had 26 catches for 678 yards and also had four interceptions on defense. As a sprinter he set a school record in the 200 meters. He was the recipient of "Community Service Award." His high school football coach was Scott Strohsnider.
Career Highs: He had 7 catches versus Sac State last season. He had 158 receiving yards, including a career-long 72-yarder for a touchdown at Cal Poly in 2010. His long punt return is 24 yards against Western State a year ago. His long kickoff return was 26 yards in a FCS playoff game against Texas State in 2009.
Personal: His parents are Ricky and Julia Sambrano of Oceanside. His major is communication studies. Birth date: March 13, 1990.
Quoting Coach Pflugrad: "He has tremendous speed, and the first time I remember seeing that really showing at Sac State in `09, and he took a screen and he just put his foot on the ground and went fast, and no one was even close and you could see him pull away from everybody. There's occasions in which he has been able to show that speed.
"Unfortunately, he has been hampered by injuries. When he's healthy I don't know if there's anyone in our league who can run with him. That top-end speed is really nice to have, not only as a receiver, but we want to get him more involved in the punt return game, and in the kickoff return game, and other areas on special teams. We're going to try to get him on the field more than he has the last three years, although we have to be cautious there, because he's had some injuries that have cost him games."
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