Massaro helped Coach Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions earn an 8-4 overall record, with a 6-2 Big Ten mark, finishing second in the Leaders Division. He helped Penn State allow 17 points or less in six contests, ranking second in the Big Ten and No. 16 nationally in scoring defense (19.1 ppg).
During the 2012 season, Massaro made eight tackles, with 1.0 tackle for loss, 0.5 sack and one pass break-up. He made one tackle against Ohio and Virginia, but suffered a shoulder injury against the Cavaliers and missed the next three games with an injury. The former Marple Newtown High School standout recorded two stops with 0.5 sack vs. Ohio State and one solo hit in the wins over Purdue and Indiana. - Penn State football
08/10/2012 - Top-five Penn State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. DE Pete Massaro...Another talented, but snake-bitten defender, Massaro has torn his ACL in both knees, but should be back to full health in 2012 as a senior, his final season to show NFL scouts that he can stay healthy. A three-star high school recruit out of Pennsylvania, he redshirted in 2008 and missed all of the 2009 season after tearing his ACL (right knee) during spring practice. Massaro returned in 2010 and started 11 games as a sophomore, finishing with 37 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He was slated to start opposite Jack Crawford last season, but tore his ACL in his other knee (left) and missed all of last year. After almost a year of rehab, Massaro is back on the field for 2012 and is penciled-in as one of the Lions starting defensive ends. He has adequate size and length, but loves to pin his ears back and get after the passer, showing some pass rush moves and raw strength. Massaro plays with an intense, non-stop motor, but isn't overpowering and has a tough time shedding blocks. Returning from another knee injury, he will be under a microscope as a senior and will have one final shot to be productive for Penn State and will need to stay durable if he has any hopes of playing in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com