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Zach Catanese

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 225 | College: Arizona State
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Former junior college transfer who became an immediate starter at safety and quickly became one of the best defensive backs in the Pac-10 Conference … the only Sun Devil to start all 25 games during the 2005-06 seasons … for his career, he totaled 166 tackles (108 solo), 4.5 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries … earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 recognition both seasons … averaged 6.6 tackles-per-game during his career … was a catalyst among the 2006 Sun Devil defense, one of the most greatly improved in the nation from the previous season … earned Hard Hat Player honors for his work in ASU's winter strength and conditioning program both years.

2006 Season

Started all 13 games at safety … earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors … finished third on the team with 59 total tackles (46 solo) … added 1.5 tackles-for-loss and, two interceptions and two forced fumbles … tied for ninth in the Pac-10 with a team-high two fumble recoveries … totaled five or more tackles in eight games … recorded a season-high nine tackles (seven solo), and assisted in a sack of Husky quarterback Johnny DuRocher at Washington on Oct. 28 … tied for the team lead with five solo tackles against Washington State on Nov. 11, and added a three-yard tackle-for-loss and an interception of All-Pac-10 quarterback Alex Brink … against Nevada on Sept. 9, he recorded five solo tackles, forced and recovered a fumble deep in Wolf Pack territory … against Colorado on Sept. 16, he totaled five solo tackles and forced a goal line fumble by Buffalo quarterback Bernard Jackson, preventing a CU touchdown.

Recorded five total tackles (four solo) and added an interception of a Nate Longshore pass at No. 21 California on Sept. 23 … totaled seven tackles (six solo) and added a fumble recovery against No. 12 Oregon on Sept. 30 … registered five total tackles at both No. 3 USC on Oct. 14 and Arizona on Nov. 25 … ranked as the fourth-best in the nation at his position by Phil Steele … was the Pac-10's leading returning tackler entering the 2006 season (107 total) … owned the 21st-best tackles-per-game average (8.9) in the nation among returning defenders from 2005 … rated as the 20th-best safety in the nation by Lindy's … listed as a preseason fourth-team All-American and a preseason first-team All-Pac-10 honoree by Phil Steele … for the second consecutive year, he was recognized as a Hard Hat Player for his work in the team's winter strength and conditioning program (top 10 overall).

2005 Season

Started all 12 games, one of only five Sun Devils to do so on the season … earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors … Earned the Gail Scott Most Improved Defensive Player Award … finished second on the team in behind 2005 Pac-10 Conference Pat Tillman Co-Defensive Player of the Year Dale Robinson with 107 tackles (62 solo) … ended the season fourth in the Pac-10 in total tackles and fifth in tackles-per-game (8.9.) … his tackles-per-game average also ranked within the top-50 nationally, and he had the fifth-highest average among first-year players nationwide.

Recorded three tackles for loss (minus-10 yards), including two sacks (minus-eight yards) … also tallied one interception, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery … led or tied for the team lead in total tackles in four games and had 10 or more total stops in five games … averaged 12.0 tackles per game against nationally-ranked teams (No. 1 USC, No. 5 LSU, No. 14 UCLA and No. 25 Oregon) … had at least six tackles in all but one contest … had a career-high 13 total tackles in consecutive games, against No. 1 USC on Oct. 1 (nine solo), and against No. 25 Oregon on Oct. 8 (seven solo).

Added his only interception of the season against the Ducks … paced the squad with 11 tackles (eight solo) against rival Arizona on Senior Day … recorded 12 stops (six solo) at No. 6 LSU on Sept. 10 … tallied 10 tackles (six solo) at No. 14 UCLA … tied for the team lead with eight tackles (three solo) in the Insight Bowl against Rutgers … enrolled at ASU in January of 2005 and participated in spring ball … was recognized as a Hard Hat Player for his work in ASU's winter strength and conditioning program.

Junior College

A 2004 graduate of Shasta College in Redding, Calif … .preseason All-America selection … was rated as the No. 66 junior college player in the nation by Scout.com … played free safety and cornerback and returned kicks … earned all-state, all-region and all-conference honors … was also named an honorable-mention All-American … earned team and defensive MVP honors at Shasta as a sophomore … captained the football team … lettered twice in football and once in track and field.

Collected 90 tackles, 39 assisted, 51 solos, two quarterback sacks, five interceptions, two blocked punts and 12 pass deflections as a sophomore … best game came against Contra Costa College with three interceptions, 11 tackles and one blocked punt … averaged 28.7 yards per kick return … registered 77 tackles, 40 assisted, 37 solos, two quarterback sacks, five interceptions and one blocked kick as a freshman … earned honorable-mention all-conference accolades and was his team's most valuable defensive back that season … was coached by Craig Thompson and Matt Diskin.

High School

A 2003 graduate of Trinity High School in Weaverville, Calif … played quarterback and safety as a senior … earned a combined 11 letters in baseball (2), basketball (4), football (4) and golf (1) … captained his baseball, basketball and track teams … was all-conference selection and played in the Lions all-star game … won the Mike Polka Award, presented annually to the Most Valuable Player of the team … also won the Jesse Murdock Award, given annually to the most versatile athlete in school … tallied 88 tackles to go along with 633 passing yards, 621 rushing years and 14 touchdowns his senior campaign.

Best game came vs. Quincy HS when he completed nine of 15 passes for 167 yards, had 10 rushes for 71 yards and scored three touchdowns … earned league and team MVP honors in baseball as a senior … in baseball, had a .467 batting average and a 1.73 ERA, including 67 strikeouts and a no-hitter … was Most Valuable Player of the Shasta Cascade League … best baseball performance came against Fall River HS when he tossed a 16-strikeout no-hitter and went two-for-three with a home run and three RBIs at the plate … lists throwing the last pitch in that no-hitter as his most exciting sports experience … played point guard on basketball team and won the coach's award … was coached by Mike Flint in football.


Majoring in business accounting … plans on pursuing a career as a certified public accountant … parents are Paul (C.P.A.) and Patti (medical transcriptionist) Catanese of Douglas City, Calif … has five siblings: Brandon (24), Paige (23), Brooke (19), Kyle (7) and Kameron (5) … lists hobbies as snowboarding, camping and working out … born March 27, 1985 in Walnut Creek, Calif … full name is Zach Joseph Allan Catanese.


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