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Mike Catapano, DE

School: Princeton  |  Conference: IVY
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Bayville, NY
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 271 lbs.
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2012 Season
Ranked second nationally in sacks and took home the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year.

Catapano earned unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team. He 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. He 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. The 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.

2011 Season
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.
High School
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.
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.
03/29/2013 - 2013 Princeton Pro Day: At his pro day, Catapano (6-foot-3 7/8, 271 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds on each attempt. He had a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.09 seconds. Catapano threw the bar up 33 times on the bench press (225 pounds). Catapano should be drafted relatively high, somewhere around the fourth or fifth rounds. His stiffest competition for being the first Ivy Leaguer selected in late April could come from Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk or Cornell receiver Luke Tasker (son of Buffalo Bills legend Steve Tasker).

The last time a player from Princeton was selected in the draft was in 2001, when the Seattle Seahawks took offensive tackle Dennis Norman in the seventh round. Princeton's most notable alum in the NFL is Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who also was a quarterback for the team from 1993 to 1999. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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