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#77 Mike Catapano
Position: Defensive Lineman
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 270
Year: Senior
City/State: Bayville, N.Y.
High School: Chaminade

At Princeton - 2012: drafted by Kansas City with the first pick of the seventh round (207th overall) … All-America honoree … earned unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team … ended his career as a three-time All-Ivy honoree … led the Ivy League with 12 sacks and ended the regular season ranked second in the Football Championship Subdivision with 1.2 sacks per game … ranked second in the Ivy League in tackles for loss with 15.5, which was only a half tackle off the League lead, and ranked ninth nationally in that category … two-year co-captain ended the season with 41 tackles, and he had five games with at least two tackles for loss, as well as five games with at least five tackles … at his best in Ivy League competition, when he led Princeton to its biggest turnaround in more than two decades … had multiple sacks in four of the seven Ivy games and had at least half a sack in six games … added five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles during the season … his 12 sacks were the most for a single season at Princeton since David Ferrara '00 recorded 12.5 during the 1998 season. 2011: earned second-team All-Ivy League honors … recorded 49 tackles, including 20 solo stops … had career highs in tackles for loss (10) and sacks (five) … served as team tri-captain … had six games with at least five tackles, including season-best eight at Hampton … had three pass breakups … recorded two sacks against Penn. 2010: earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy League distinction after recording 37 tackles and two sacks during injury-hampered season … recorded 20 solo tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble … also broke up two passes … led all Princeton defensive linemen in tackles … recorded three tackles, including one for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup in the season opener at Lehigh … recorded a career-best eight tackles against Colgate … had sacks against both Penn and Lafayette … had at least four tackles in five games despite playing with a nagging back injury that kept him out of the Cornell game. 2009: recorded 22 tackles, including eight solo stops, as a member of the defensive line rotation ... had season-best five tackles in 17-14 win over Cornell ... had three pass break-ups on the season and a sack against Cornell ... made first career start against The Citadel and recorded three tackles, including one for loss, a sack and a pass breakup.

At Chaminade - lettered four years in football and two years in lacrosse ... ranked 15th nationally among fullbacks by Scout.com ... named to the New York all-star team ... earned all-league honors and named captain as a senior ... played both fullback and linebacker in football and defense in lacrosse ... led football team to two undefeated seasons and lacrosse team to one.

Personal - born Aug. 17, 1990 ... son of Mike and Barbara Catapano ... father is an IT consultant, mother is a real estate representative ... has a younger sister April ... interested in playing in the NFL and sports medicine ... enjoys working out, skiing and hunting. 


Year Tackles TFL Sacks INT FF/FR BrUp
2009 22 (8/14) 1/7 .5/5 0 0/0 3
2010 37 (20/17) 2.5/8 1.5/7 0 1/2 2
2011 49 (20/29) 10/41 5/32 0 0/0 3
2012 41 (16/25) 15.5/94 12/85 0 3/0 5
Totals 145 (60/85) 29/150 19/129 0 4/2 13

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