7   Michael Santacaterina
Michael Santacaterina

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Geneva, IL

High School:
Geneva

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 205

Position:
LB

Experience:
3L


11/26/2014

Huskies Give Thanks for Family, Football and More

NIU Takes on Western Michigan with Chance to Advance to MAC Title Game

11/07/2014

Weekly Football Press Conference Quotes - Nov. 7, 2014

Carey, C. Bebee, J. Meehan, T. Pitt, M. Santacaterina discuss NIU's upcoming game vs. Toledo

10/11/2014

Central Michigan's Running Attack Too Much for Huskies

Chippewas end NIU's 28-game winning streak at Huskie Stadium

10/11/2014

NIU-CMU Postgame Quotes

Press conference quotes from NIU and CMU on Oct. 11, 2014

09/02/2014

Weekly Football Press Conference Quotes - Sept. 2, 2014

Carey, A. Conlon, A. Daniels, P. Logan, M. Santacaterina discuss NIU's upcoming game vs. Northwestern

09/08/2014

NIU defeats Northwestern, 23-15

The Huskies played a dominant second-half of football in Evanston to defeat the Wildcats, 23-15.

08/18/2014

SIGHTS & SOUNDS: NIU Football Releases New Uniforms

It seemed like just another team meeting in the McCareins Room at the Yordon Center Saturday, August 16. Take a look at behind the scenes footage of the Huskies unveiling of their new uniforms on August 16, pranking the team before revealing them.

10/22/2013

Weekly Football Press Conference: Eastern Michigan

Week 9 football press conference with Head coach Rod Carey and players Perez Ford, Matt Krempel and Dechane Durante.

09/30/2013

Northern Illinois Dominate Purdue, 55-24

Highlights from the Huskies historic 55-24 win over the Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium.

09/10/2013

Idaho Game

NIU head football coach and select players discuss this week's game at Idaho.

12/31/2012

Final Practice of the Year and Alumni Social

The Huskies had their final practice of the season Sunday afternoon. Former players and coaches met at FontaineBleau as well.

2013:
• Played in 12 games and started 10 at outside linebacker.
• Ranked fifth on the Huskie defense with 64 tackles, broke up five passes and tallied two tackles for loss.
• Recorded a career-high 15 stops against Eastern Illinois (9-21)
• Registered his first career sack against Eastern Michigan (10-26).
• Led the Huskies with 11 tackles, including 10 solo, against Ball State (11-13).
• Missed the Akron and Central Michigan games due to injury.

2012:
• Recorded 28 tackles as a back-up linebacker and special teams player.
• Amassed 13 tackles in a three-game stretch from Sept. 29 to Oct. 13.
• Tallied a season-high six tackles, including a half tackle for loss, against Central Michigan (9-29).
• Made four tackles at Ball State (10-6) to earn NIU Co-Defensive Skill Player of the Week honors.
• Intercepted Cardinals' QB Keith Wenning to stop a BSU drive in NIU territory and spur a Huskie comeback.

2011:
• Saw action in 11 games and started four at weakside linebacker.
• Finished the season with 28 tackles.
• Recorded 1.5 tackles for loss and half a sack.
• Made a season-high five tackles at Bowling Green (11-8) to earn NIU Defensive Skill Player of the Week honors.
• Notched his first career sack against Kent State (10-8).
• Grabbed his first career interception against Western Michigan (10-15) in his first career start.

2010:
• Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School:
• Named to the IHSFCA 7A All-State team as a senior.
• Earned special mention All-State recognition from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times in 2009.
• Honored by the Kane County Chronicle and Daily Herald as Player of the Year.
• Unanimous selection to the All-Western Sun Conference first team his senior season.
• Garnered team MVP and best offensive back honors.
• Gained 802 yards on 166 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
• Scored 23 touchdowns to rank sixth in the state. Made 70 tackles, including 36 solo, as a senior.
• Intercepted five passes over his final two seasons.

Personal:
• Born March 22, 1992 in Elgin, Ill.
• Son of Mary Ellen and Mike Santacaterina.
• General studies major.
• His first cousin, Mike Magee, was named MVP of Major League Soccer last season while playing for the Chicago Fire.
• His sister, Jackie Santacaterina, who plays for the women's professional soccer team in Chicago, the Red Stars.

SANTACATERINA'S CAREER GAME HIGHS

Tackles: 15, vs. Eastern Illinois, 9-14-13
TFLs: 1, twice, last vs. Arkansas, 9-20-14
Sacks: 0.5, vs. Kent State, 10-08-11
INTs: 1, tied three times, last vs CMU 10-11-14

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