At Stanford: Michael has been the team's starting place-kicker for the past three seasons and is coming off his best year in which he was among the league and national leaders in field goals ... He has made 32-of-52 field goal attempts and 66-of-69 PATs and his 162 career points is nearing the school's all-time top-10 list ... He ranks sixth in the Cardinal record book with 32 field goals ... His continued improvement and consistency will be a key factor for the Cardinal in 2005.
The 2005 Season: Game-By-Game Statistics
The 2004 Season: Turned in his best season on the Farm in 2004 as he connected on 16-of-24 field goal attempts and 22-of-23 PATs while leading the team in scoring with 70 points ... His 1.45 field goals per game average placed him third in the conference and 16th in the NCAA ... Tied for fourth in the Cardinal record book for season field goals with 16 ... He was eight-of-nine inside 30 yards and 10-of-13 inside 40 ... Hit three field goals in games vs. BYU, Notre Dame and Washington State ... At one point during the season, he made 10 consecutive field goals, the third longest streak in school history ... Made a career-best 50-yard field goals against Oregon State ... Named honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10.
The 2003 Season: Led the team in scoring (42 points) after connecting on seven-of-13 field goal attempts and 21-of-22 PATs ... Second year as the team's starting place-kicker ... Season long was a 38-yarder in game two at BYU ... He also had a 24-yard field goal against the Cougars that helped the Cardinal to an 18-14 win ... Made three of his last four field goals in 2003.
The 2002 Season: Took over as the team's place-kicker ... Hit nine-of-15 field goals and 23-of-24 PATs ... Scored 50 points on the season ... Took an errant PAT snap against UCLA and hit TE Will Svitek in the end zone for a two-point conversion ... Made four-of-seven from 40-49 yards and five-of-five from 20-29 yards out ... Long field goals include two from 45 yards out - against Arizona State and Arizona - and two others from 42 yards out (vs. Boston College and UCLA) ... In his first collegiate game at BC on September 7, he hit both field goal attempts (42 and 24 yards) and all three PATs ... Had three field goals against Arizona in leading the Cardinal to a 16-6 win ... He connected from 45, 27 and 21 yards out against the Wildcats ... Made his first three field goals and seven of his first 10.
The 2001 Season: Redshirted the season as a true freshman.
In High School: A First-Team All-State place-kicker from Catholic Central High School ... Tom Lemming ranked him as the No. 1 kicker in the Midwest ... Earned First-Team All-State, All-Observerland, All-Area and All-Catholic League honors following his senior season ... Team MVP ... All-League as a junior ... Started at quarterback and strong safety as a junior and senior ... Led the team in tackles as a senior ... Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete award winner and a Academic All-State Football Coaches Association selection ... Scholar-Athlete in football for the Metro Area.
Personal Information: Human Biology major ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Getting To Know: Michael Sgroi
I would describe myself as a person as: determined
The reason I love football is: it is the true team sport. There is no better feeling than being out there with all of your teammates and winning together.
I pattern my play after: Adam Vinitari, New England Patriots
For me to improve as a person, I need to: learn some patience.
My favorite pre-game ritual is: find an isolated area and get a long, good stretch
The biggest thrill in my life to date is: bungee jumping
The teammate I admire the most is: Casey Carroll
My favorite stadium in which to play is: Stanford Stadium, home field advantage
A friend from another college football team is: my brother, University of Michigan
The reason I chose Stanford University is: I felt like I belonged from the first time I stepped foot on the campus. The players were the ones that made my choice easier. I also knew I was going to have a great football career here and also get an excellent degree.
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: there are many special people out in the world, and a lot of them come here for school.
The best thing about Stanford is: diversity of students.
My favorite class at Stanford is: so far, exercise physiology.
My least favorite class at Stanford is: introduction to humanities.
What sets Stanford apart from other college football programs? The dedication and work ethic of the players here. Each player does what he is asked and even more. Everyone here has the desire to be the best.
When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be: Joe Montana
The athlete I admire most is: Michael Jordan
The person I admire most is: my father
Favorite food: lasagna
Least Favorite food: sushi
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: pasta
Favorite movie: the Godfather trilogy
Favorite TV show: That 70's show
Favorite actor: Denzel Washington
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: winning the BCS championship by a deep game winning field goal.
Favorite musical group or performer: Ben Harper
After my Stanford career, I'd like to be remembered as: the kicker who had ice running through his veins.
The best advice I ever received was: forget the past, do what you have to do now.
The person who had the greatest influence on my life: my parents
The place I'd most like to visit: Italy
Ten years from now, I'd like to be: in the NFL kicking.
My advice to youngsters: The only person who can hold you back from making your dreams come true is you.
My most prized possession: my family
Last Updated: February 28, 2006