2015 NFL DRAFT

Michael Mauti, OLB

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Mandeville, LA
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 243 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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170195-6
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03/12/2013 - 2013 Penn State Pro Day: Recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, Michael Mauti was unable to work out for scouts Monday. According to linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, however, Mauti is progressing well. "He's way ahead of schedule and from what I hear everything is going good," Vanderlinden said. "Hopefully he'll get into the NFL and all his injuries will be behind him.

Scouts and coaches from 23 NFL teams were represented at the workout. Among the teams represented were the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: Neither Gerald Hodges or Michael Mauti have off-field concerns or character issues that should worry teams. In fact, it's quite the opposite that will make their interviews interesting during the predraft process. Both were caught in an unenviable situation this past year with all the controversy surrounding Penn State football, but they handled it very well.

While both had productive senior seasons, their contributions off the field were equally noteworthy as they helped guide a young team through a turbulent situation. Neither are considered first-round picks, especially after Mauti's latest knee injury, but both should impress during the interview process with their leadership and experience. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): LB Michael Mauti, Penn State, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. A co-captain, Mauti earns the first Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year honor for "LinebackerU." in its second year of being presented. The award is named after Dick Butkus (Illinois) and Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern). Mauti and Fitzgerald were coached by Ron Vanderlinden, who has been Penn State's linebackers coach since 2001.

A semifinalist for the Butkus Award, Mauti ranks in the top 10 in the Big Ten in tackles (7th, 96), interceptions (4th, 3) and forced fumbles (3rd, 3). He also leads the Big Ten in interception return yards (125). Mauti has 4.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks (minus-25), three interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups. The former Mandeville High School standout started the initial 11 games, suffering a knee injury in the first quarter vs. Indiana on Nov. 17 that ended his season. - Penn State football

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Michael Mauti, Penn State, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. A co-captain, Mauti earns the first Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year honor for "LinebackerU." in its second year of being presented. The award is named after Dick Butkus (Illinois) and Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern). Mauti and Fitzgerald were coached by Ron Vanderlinden, who has been Penn State's linebackers coach since 2001.

A semifinalist for the Butkus Award, Mauti ranks in the top 10 in the Big Ten in tackles (7th, 96), interceptions (4th, 3) and forced fumbles (3rd, 3). He also leads the Big Ten in interception return yards (125). Mauti has 4.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks (minus-25), three interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups. The former Mandeville High School standout started the initial 11 games, suffering a knee injury in the first quarter vs. Indiana on Nov. 17 that ended his season. - Penn State football

11/27/2012 - 2012 BIG TEN BUTKUS-FITZGERALD LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR: Michael Mauti, Penn State...A co-captain, Mauti earns the first Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year honor for "LinebackerU." in its second year of being presented. The award is named after Dick Butkus (Illinois) and Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern). Mauti and Fitzgerald were coached by Ron Vanderlinden, who has been Penn State's linebackers coach since 2001.

A semifinalist for the Butkus Award, Mauti ranks in the top 10 in the Big Ten in tackles (7th, 96), interceptions (4th, 3) and forced fumbles (3rd, 3). He also leads the Big Ten in interception return yards (125). Mauti has 4.0 TFL, 2.5 sacks (minus-25), three interceptions, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups. The former Mandeville High School standout started the initial 11 games, suffering a knee injury in the first quarter vs. Indiana on Nov. 17 that ended his season.

"This year has been the most fun I've ever had playing," Mauti said. "This linebacker corps is very special. Gerald (Hodges) had a great year and Glenn (Carson) is really making his mark. Coach Vanderlinden was a big reason why I came to Penn State and I have learned from the best. Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald is someone I looked to up to when he was playing and I have a lot of respect for him as a player and a coach." - Penn State football

11/19/2012 - Penn State star linebacker Michael Mauti will miss Saturday's season finale against Wisconsin with a left knee injury. Coach Bill O'Brien made the announcement Monday. The team's worst fears came true after Mauti was carted off the field during the 45-22 win last week over Indiana. Mauti's college career came to an early end. The senior leader and emotional anchor for the Nittany Lions was instrumental in helping to keep most of the team together after the NCAA levied landmark sanctions in the offseason for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Mauti and fellow senior Michael Zordich made impassioned pleas to stick with the program two days after the penalties were announced. In the end, 10 players transferred, but more than 90 percent of the roster stayed. - AP Sports

11/17/2012 - Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti, considered one of the inspirational leaders of his team's strong senior class, suffered an injury to his left knee in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Indiana and was carted off the field. Mauti, a senior who underwent surgery last season for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the same knee, was injured when he was blocked in the knee by Indiana running back D'Angelo Roberts. Hoosiers center Collin Rahrig had engaged Mauti up high before Roberts came in low, the definition of a chop block, but no penalty was called.

With coach Bill O'Brien and teammates Jordan Hill and Gerald Hodges standing over him, Mauti lay on the field in pain and could not put any weight on his left leg as he was loaded in the cart. The entire Penn State team came on the field as the cart drove off, and fullback Michael Zordich gave Mauti a high-five as he went past. The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Mauti was the Nittany Lions' leader this season in tackles with 93 entering Saturday's game, and in interceptions with three. Off the field, he and Zordich were the leaders who worked hard to keep Penn State's team together after the July NCAA sanctions that led to the transfer and departure of more than a dozen players. - Joe Juliano, Philadelphia Inquirer

10/23/2012 - BIG TEN: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH -- WEEK 8: Keep an eye on: LB Michael Mauti, 6-2, 232, Penn State: Why you should watch him: Mauti has had a superlative senior year so far both on and off the field. His leadership ability is uncanny given all that Penn State has gone through but the real question in scouts' eyes is how well he would recover from two ACL surgeries. Mauti hasn't been slowed by his injuries and has earned wide praise from various Big Ten coaches including Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald. Mauti was named one of 12 Butkus Award semifinalists on Monday. Season stats: 64 tackles, three interceptions, 2.5 sacks. Player ranking: Mauti is ranked as the 76th-best prospect in the class and the fourth-best inside linebacker, according to CBSSports.com's player rankings. Up next: Penn State hosts Ohio State and the Buckeyes' potent rushing offense on Saturday night. Meyer is keenly aware of what Mauti offers on the defensive side as he tried to recruit the linebacker when coaching the Florida Gators. "I recruited him really hard at Florida and loved him as a high school athlete. He's a tough guy. A leader. I love his family. He's playing his tail off after a knee injury," Meyer said. - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

10/01/2012 - WEEK 5 NCAA NATIONAL FBS DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Penn State linebacker Mike Mauti, one of the most vocal critics last summer of Illinois for its efforts to recruit Penn State players after the child-sex scandal and NCAA sanctions, intercepted Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase twice. One of those ended in an unusual 99-yard return that did not end in a touchdown, as Mauti fell short of the goal line. - NCAA.com

10/01/2012 - WEEK 5 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michael Mauti, Penn State, Sr., LB, Mandeville, La./Mandeville...Finished with six tackles and two interceptions as part of a Penn State defensive effort that held Illinois to seven points on Saturday...Intercepted his first pass at the goal line, returning it 99 yards to the Illinois one-yard line to keep the Illini off the scoreboard at the end of the first half...Picked off his second pass of the day in the third quarter, setting up Penn State's final touchdown drive...Wins the third weekly award of his career and second this season. - Big Ten football

09/30/2012 - WEEK 5 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mike Mauti, Penn State, Senior, Linebacker, Mandeville, LA/Mandeville...Penn State senior linebacker Mike Mauti had a big day as the Nittany Lions defeated Big Ten-rival Illinois, 35-7. Mauti registered six tackles and 0.5 quarterback sacks. He also recorded two interceptions, including one he returned for a school-record 99-yard touchdown. With the victory, Penn State improved to 3-2, 1-0 in the Big Ten. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

09/29/2012 - Matt McGloin threw for 211 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead Penn State to a 35-7 win over Illinois Saturday in the schools' Big Ten opener. Sophomore running back Zach Zwinak added 100 yards and two touchdowns for Penn State (3-2). The Nittany Lions forced three turnovers and held the Illini (2-3) scoreless for the first 34 minutes. Linebacker Mike Mauti intercepted Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase twice. The first came on the Penn State goal line and Mauti returned it 99 yards near the end of the first half -- but Penn State failed to score. The second set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Zwinak that put the game out of reach at 35-7. Scheelhaase threw for 270 yards. - AP Sports

09/17/2012 - WEEK 3 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michael Mauti, Penn State, Sr., LB, Mandeville, La./Mandeville...Totaled a team-high 12 tackles to help Penn State hold Navy to seven points in the Nittany Lions' 34-7 victory on Saturday...Finished with two tackles for loss for 26 yards, including a sack...Part of a Nittany Lion defense that forced four turnovers, including one that resulted in a defensive touchdown...Wins the second weekly award of his career. - Big Ten football

09/11/2012 - 9/11/2012 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 1. Michael Mauti ILB Penn State...Watching him on the football field in 2012, you would have no idea that Mauti tore his ACL -- in both his left and right knee. He missed all of the 2009 season (right knee) and played in a few games last year before another knee injury (left knee) sidelined him and put his career in jeopardy. But Mauti has returned strong as a senior and is the heart and soul of the team, showing leadership that the Penn State program desperately needs right now. Through two games, he has 21 tackles and a forced fumble, but his impact has shown far past the stat sheet, uplifting his teammates on and off the field. On the field, Mauti has excellent recognition skills and is very impressive anticipating the action and reacting. He is relentless in pursuit with outstanding hustle whenever he's on the field, proving to be equally effective against both the run and pass and also showing up on special teams. Mauti doesn't play like a prospect with two reconstructed knees, but he won't be able to escape his injury history during the pre-draft process and NFL teams will need to feel comfortable with his medical past before investing a draft pick in him. As long as he stays healthy, look for Mauti to continue to ascend up draft boards and possibly break into the top-60 picks, keeping alive the great tradition of Penn State sending talented linebackers to the pros. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/11/2012 - Senior LB Michael Mauti led the Nittany Lions with nine tackles against Virginia and added a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Penn State at Virginia, Sept. 8 -- The Nittany Lions will try to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2001 -- the last time they met the Cavaliers. Penn State will also play its first road game under coach Bill O'Brien and its first since the NCAA sanctioned the program for the way it handled the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. KEYS TO THE GAME: Penn State needs to fix the cracks in a defense that gave up 301 second-half yards in a loss to Ohio last week and find ways to get pressure on Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco. The Nittany Lion offense needs to find the rhythm it had during a 178-yard first quarter last week and must do a better job of establishing the run. - The Sports Xchange

08/10/2012 - Top-five Penn State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. ILB Michael Mauti...Usually high-profile recruits out of the state of Louisiana end up in Baton Rouge, but Mauti followed his brother north to Penn State in order to be a part of the school's rich linebacker tradition. However, knee injuries have stunted his development and put his NFL future in doubt because of long-term durability concerns. Mauti, whose father starred at Penn State in the ???70s and went on to have a seven-year NFL career, spurned several SEC offers out of high school and played in every game as a true freshman reserve in 2008. He suffered his first ACL injury (right knee) prior to the 2009 season and took a medical redshirt. Not yet at full health, Mauti was a part-time starter in 2010 before starting the first four games in 2011, but another ACL tear (left knee) ended his season. He is expected to return as a starter in 2012 as a senior, but with two surgically repaired knees, fans and scouts alike will be anxious to see how Mauti plays post-injury. He is a good, not great, athlete with adequate physical tools for the next level, but his best attributes are his natural awareness and decisive read/react skills. Based on his instincts and playing temperament, Mauti reminds scouts of former Lions Paul Posluszny and Sean Lee (both second round NFL Draft picks), but his durability, including a healthy senior season, will determine his NFL draft value. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/27/2012 - League scouts have been conspicuously silent, at least for attribution, about the Penn State scandal. But prior to the verdict against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, there was some sentiment that the hiring of former New England offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien as the replacement for Joe Paterno might perhaps prompt the school to soften its stance on visits by scouts, guidelines which were among some of the more strident in the nation. School administrators were said to be wary of any ties to the NFL, as far as scouts and certainly agents, and while the policies were laid out by the university, the suspicion was that they came with the fingerprints of Paterno all over them. The past month or so has all but dashed any hopes that Penn State will be more "NFL friendly" under O'Brien's stewardship. As for the players still on the squad after the Sandusky conviction, many of whom vowed this week to remain with the program despite the NCAA's more lenient transfer policy regarding them, well, there are mixed opinions from scouts. Some scouts suggested to The Sports Xchange that they might place a premium on the loyalty of the players who stay in State College, while others said that players who defected might do so because they wanted to be able to compete for a bowl game and a chance at a conference title. Whatever the disparate views on the players, there pretty much is unanimity that not much is going to change when it comes to scouting access for at least the first year of O'Brien's stewardship. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

07/27/2012 - Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti says he knows of only two or three players who are planning to leave the Nittany Lions following the NCAA sanctions that were levied on Monday. Speaking at Big Ten media day, the senior said Friday that the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal isn't the players' fault. And even though they are also being punished, he's not going to sit around and take it when people try to tear down the program he represents. Mauti did not say specifically who he thought would leave. Asked about star tailback Silas Redd, Mauti says the two have spoken and he hopes Redd will make the right decision. - AP Sports

07/26/2012 - Penn State coach Bill O'Brien says he doesn't anticipate losing the core of his team, despite the heavy sanctions the NCAA dropped on the Nittany Lions. Joining his colleagues at Big Ten media day on Thursday, O'Brien said he and his players are ready to push hard against adversity. ''The sanctions are what they are. It's time to get up and get going,'' O'Brien said. He added he didn't know of any player who is planning to transfer from Penn State. He also said didn't know which schools had visited State College to see if any of his players would be interested in leaving. ''I have no idea which schools were on campus, nor do I care,'' O'Brien said. ''I don't anticipate losing any core, key players.'' O'Brien said the selling points of staying at Penn State were the world class education, playing in front of huge home crowds and learning the game from a coaching staff that could also help prepare them for the NFL. Senior Nittany Lions linebacker Michael Mauti said the university community has rallied around the team. ''I know people are behind us, I know the whole school's behind us, the Penn State family,'' he said. ''I've had at least 50 emails, 100 text messages, phone calls from everybody, alumni, players who played here in the '60s, 70s, 90s and active guys on rosters in the NFL. The heads of departments - psychology, education. There's no doubt in my mind that there's a huge, huge, support base for us and when I get messages like that I put them up in my locker room for everyone to see and together to know that we do have that kind of support.'' - AP Sports

07/25/2012 - Penn State seniors Michael Zordich and linebacker Michael Mauti led a group of about two dozen players that publicly pledged their commitment to the university Wednesday. "This program was not built by one man and this program is sure as hell not going to get torn down by one man," said Mauti, a senior starting linebacker who missed the final three months of last season with a knee injury. Zordich, a senior running back, is the son of Penn State great and Philadelphia Eagles' secondary coach Mike Zordich. Starting running back Silas Redd, a junior rumored to be considering transferring to Southern Cal, wasn't present. Penn State said he was in transit to Big Ten media days in Chicago. Starting quarterback Mike McGloin, a former walk-on, said he will not transfer and was in attendance Wednesday as were junior offensive tackle Adam Gress and junior offensive guard John Urschel. - The Sports Xchange

07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Michael Mauti, Penn State, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. Mauti saw an impressive start to the 2011 season abruptly end versus Eastern Michigan in the fourth game when the pre-season first-team all-conference selection tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. In the three-plus games in which he played, Mauti recorded 21 tackles, with three tackles for loss, one interception and three pass break-ups. In the clash with No. 2 Alabama, Mauti led the team with a career-high 13 tackles and had two pass break-ups. He was superb in helping the Nittany Lions hold Temple to 10 points, recording six solo tackles, including a career-tying three for a loss. In the fourth quarter, he made a diving interception, the first of his career, to set-up Penn State's game-winning touchdown drive. After working tirelessly during his rehabilitation and when winter strength and conditioning sessions began, Mauti was able to participate in selected individual in the spring and is expected to be 100 percent in time for training camp, which begins August 6. - Penn State football

 
 
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03/12/2013 - 2013 Penn State Pro Day: Recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, Michael Mauti was unable to work out for scouts Monday. According to linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, however, Mauti is progressing well. "He's way ahead of schedule and from what I hear everything is going good," Vanderlinden said. "Hopefully he'll get into the NFL and all his injuries will be behind him.

Scouts and coaches from 23 NFL teams were represented at the workout. Among the teams represented were the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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