|| Nick Macaluso
AT STANFORD: Dependable player will see plenty of action in the linebacker rotation...enters the fall listed behind Clinton Snyder at the "mike" linebacker slot...has started 12 of the 15 games he has appeared in over the last two seasons.
2008 (JUNIOR): Appeared in six games and made five starts during an injury-plagued sophomore season...finished with 20 total tackles, including 12 solo stops...was also credited with 4.0 tackles-for-loss...started at the "mike" linebacker position in five of the six games he played...made his first start of the season at TCU and responded with a career-high 9.0 tackles (five solo), including 2.0 tackles-for-loss...started the next three games against San Jose State, Washington and Notre Dame before yielding to Chike Amajoyi against Arizona...was back in the starting lineup at UCLA and finished with 4.0 total tackles (three solo)...started the next week against Washington State and finished with two tackles...suffered a broken right hand in the Washington State game.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Earned Sporting News All-Pac-10 Freshman team honors after contributing 23 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss (-16 yards) and one sack (-12) yards...played in nine games and started six contests at middle linebacker...made his first career start against Oregon and finished with three tackles, including two solo stops...started the next five games against Arizona State, USC, TCU, Arizona and Oregon State...totaled 23 tackles in his starting assignments, including 15 solo efforts... finished with a season-high six tackles, including three solo stops in Stanford's upset win over second-ranked USC.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Did not see game action.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Middletown (N.J.) South High School ...four-year football letterwinner who helped the Eagles to the state's top ranking as a junior and senior...included among SuperPrep's Top 100 players in the nation at his position and the 14th-best overall prospect in the state...All-East Region selection by PrepStar...named to SuperPrep's All-Northeast team...Reebok All-American and a member of the Tri-State (NJ/NY/CT) Heisman squad...first team all-state linebacker and a two-time Monmouth County and Shore Conference Defensive Player of the Year...three-time all-county and all-conference selection...finished with 90 tackles, 18 tackles-for-loss and five sacks as a senior...helped Middletown to three straight undefeated seasons and New Jersey Shore Conference and state sectional titles...also lettered in track and baseball...three-year president of the Student Council and was a member of the Italian Honor Society...his brother, Anthony, played football at Cornell...majoring in classics.
MACALUSO'S CAREER STATISTICS
Year G-S UT AT TT SKS-YDS TFL-YDS INT-YDS
2007 9-6 15 8 23 1.0-12 2.5-16 0
2008 6-5 12 8 20 0-0 4.0-7 0
Totals 15-11 27 16 43 1.0-12 6.5-23 0
Macaluso's Career Highs
Tackles: 9.0 at TCU, Sept. 13, 2008
Tackles for Loss: 2.0 at TCU, Sept. 13, 2008
Sacks: 1.0 vs. Arizona State, Sept. 29, 2007