Seniors Mike Catapano and Patrick Jacob were recently named to the 2011 Preseason All-America Team by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl selection committee.
Catapano, a 2011 tri-captain, earned All-Ivy League Honorable Mention after recording 37 tackles and two sacks during an injury-hampered season. While healthy, he was a consistent force on the defensive line, as shown in a brilliant season-opening effort at Lehigh last season; he recorded three tackles, including one for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup against the eventual Patriot League champion.
A 6-4, 280-pound defensive lineman, Catapano has 59 career tackles and should be one of the premier lineman in the Ivy League this season. With the return of linemate Caraun Reid, defensive coordinator Jared Backus will be looking for a greater push in the trenches.
Jacob was one of Princeton's breakout stars during the tough 2010 season, and he capped it with first-team All-Ivy League honors. In his first season as the starting kicker, Jacob made 14 of 18 field goal attempts and missed only once inside of 44 yards. He was 8-for-8 on kicks from 35 yards or closer, and he was named the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after making five field goals, including a season-long of 43 yards, in collegiate debut against Lehigh.
Jacob, who comes into the 2011 season with 10 straight makes inside 40 yards, also handled all kickoff duties last season and averaged 62.9 yards per kick.