Massaro was selected a 2012 first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, to go with his 2010 honor. He is the 10th Nittany Lion to twice earn first-team Academic All-America honors and was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Co-recipient of the team's Ridge Riley Award. Played in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Massaro played an important role for a defense that ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 16 nationally in scoring defense at 19.1 ppg, holding six teams to 17 or fewer points.
Massaro made eight tackles, with 1.0 TFL, 0.5 sack and one pass break-up during 2012 season. Made one tackle against Ohio and Virginia, starting vs. the Cavaliers. Suffered a shoulder injury at Virginia and missed the next three games with an injury. Returned in the win over No. 24 Northwestern, recording a pass break-up. Made one tackle in 38-14 win at Iowa and put pressure on quarterback several times in game. Made two stops with 0.5 sack vs. Ohio State and one solo hit in 34-9 win at Purdue. Made one stop in thew in over Indiana.
Massaro also was a 2010 first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American and nominated for 2012 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Fellowship. He graduated with a 3.85 gradepoint average and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the second time. Earned degree in Finance in Dec. 2011 and earned second degree, in Economics, in Dec. 2012.
Massaro missed the season while rehabilitating an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee. He suffered the injury during spring practice. The Dean's List student graduated with a degree in finance in December and a superlative 3.85 grade-point average.
Massaro started the final 11 games at defensive end and was fourth on the team with 8.0 TFL for minus-32 yards. He made 37 tackles (20 solo), with 3.5 sacks (minus-17), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He was among the nation's-best three Nittany Lions that earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Massaro played in his first career Penn State game in the season-opener with Youngstown State, having missed the 2009 campaign with a serious knee injury. He recorded his first career sack for a loss of nine yards at No. 1 Alabama on the Crimson Tide's closing drive of the first half. In his first career start, Massaro made a tackle for loss in the first quarter of the 24-0 win over Kent State. In his second consecutive start, Massaro forced and recovered the first fumble of his career against Temple. He made three tackles, with 1.5 TFL, including a sack against the Owls. He recorded five tackles (one for a loss) against Illinois. He compiled four solo tackles at Minnesota, including one for a loss, and had two tackles in the win over Michigan. In the historic victory over Northwestern, Massaro recorded two tackles and his third sack of the season. He led all defensive linemen with five tackles against Ohio State. Massaro made two stops, including a half-sack for a loss of two yards against Indiana. He had three tackles against Michigan State and made four hits (three solo) against Florida in the Outback Bowl. Massaro also garnered Academic All-Big Ten accolades. He was on the field for 684 snaps last season, topped by 88 in the win at Minnesota and 72 in the primetime win over Michigan.
Massaro tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Blue-White game and was sidelined for the season.
Massaro was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball for Coach Ray Gionta at Marple Newtown HS. As a senior, he earned Class AAA second-team all-state honors from the Associated Press and PA Football News and first-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades by the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was selected first-team All-Delco twice and was honored by the Maxwell Football Club. A co-captain as a senior, Massaro made 47 tackles, including six sacks, with six quarterback hurries and caused two fumbles. As a junior, he recorded 52 tackles, with 14 tackles for losses, four sacks and two forced fumbles. Massaro played defensive end and was a kick snapper in the 2008 Big 33 Classic. A three-year starter in wrestling, Massaro was the Class AAA Central, Section VI and District I champion as a senior and won the Guy Florio Most Valuable Wrestler Award. He also played three years of baseball. Massaro was a member of the National Honor Society and Annenberg Science Symposium, won the Outstanding Contribution to Marple Newtown High School Award and received numerous scholar-athlete honors.
2011: Suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, missing the entire season.
2009: Suffered a torn right ACL during spring practice, missing the entire season.
Full name is Peter Joseph Massaro. The son of Pete and Lisa Massaro, he has a younger sister, Alicia. A cousin, Matthew Massaro, attends Penn State. Massaro enjoys watersports, skiing and listening to music. He is a finance major and earned 2010 first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. He owned a superlative 3.84 cumulative grade-point average after the spring semester. Born October 3, 1989 in Upland, Pa.