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Michael Caputo
Michael  Caputo

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Imperial, Pa.

High School:
West Allegheny

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 206

Position:
S

Experience:
3L

Honors and Awards
2015 Preseason: Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, Bednarik Award watch list, Jim Thorpe Award watch list, Bronko Nagurski watch list
2014: Second-team All-America (FWAA), second-team All-Big Ten (consensus)
2013: All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (media)

Career: Entering 2015 season, has started 26 of last 27 games at safety ... in three seasons has played in 40 games with 27 starts ... has registered 179 total tackles, 9.0 TFLs and 1.0 sack with two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception ... over Caputo's two seasons as a starter (2013-14), Wisconsin ranks No. 3 nationally in total defense (299.6 ypg), No. 6 in scoring defense (18.6 ppg) and No. 6 in passing defense (185.3 ypg)

2014 Season: Earned third letter, starting all 14 games at safety ... led Badgers with 106 total tackles ... recorded 6.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 6 pass breakups and an interception ... helped UW rank No. 4 nationally in passing defense at 168.0 yards per game and No. 4 in opponents' completion percentage at 49.0 ... recorded seven tackles, including 1.0 sack, and broke up two passes in win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 ... tallied a career-high 15 tackles in the season opener vs. LSU on Aug. 30 ... posted 12 tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble as UW clinched Big Ten West Division title vs. Minnesota on Nov. 29 ... tallied 11 tackles, forced a fumble and defended one pass at Iowa on Nov. 22 ... posted 11 tackles including 1.0 for loss vs. Northwestern on Oct. 4 ... had eight tackles, including a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss and career-best 1.5 sacks vs. Illinois on Oct. 11 ... recorded seven tackles and 1.0 TFL each in back to back games at Rutgers on Nov. 1 and at Purdue on Nov. 8 ... made six tackles and recovered a fumble vs. Nebraska on Nov. 15 ... recorded six tackles in Big Ten Football Championship Game vs. Ohio State on Dec. 6 ... made five tackles and defended one pass vs. Maryland on Oct. 25 ... logged five tackles and broke up a pass vs. South Florida on Sept. 27 ... recorded four tackles vs. Bowling Green on Sept. 20 ... had two tackles and recorded an interception vs. Western Illinois on Sept. 6

2013 Season: Earned second letter, playing in all 13 games with 12 starts ... ranked second on team with 63 total tackles ... recorded one stop vs. South Carolina in Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 ... saw action vs. Penn State on Nov. 30 ... had four tackles at Minnesota on Nov. 23 ... made six tackles vs. Indiana on Nov. 16 ... registered a career-high 12 tackles, including 0.5 for loss, vs. BYU on Nov. 9 ... made six tackles and broke up a pass at Iowa on Nov. 2 ... had seven tackles and broke up a pass at Illinois on Oct. 19 ... made three tackles and had a QB hurry vs. Northwestern on Oct. 12 ... tallied four tackles, including 0.5 for loss, at Ohio State on Sept. 28 ... had four tackles, including 1.0 for loss, vs. Purdue on Sept. 21 ... made 10 tackles and broke up a pass at Arizona State on Sept. 14 ... registered two tackles, including 1.0 TFL, vs. Tennessee Tech on Sept. 7 ... made four tackles vs. UMass on Aug. 31

2012 Season: Earned first letter, playing in 12 games with one start ... saw action in the Rose Bowl against Stanford on Jan. 1 ... recorded one tackle in the Big Ten Football Championship Game against Nebraska on Dec. 1 ... made one tackle at Penn State on Nov. 24 ... saw action against Ohio State on Nov. 17 ... recorded two tackles at Indiana on Nov. 10 ... saw action against Michigan State on Oct. 27 ... tallied a tackle against Minnesota on Oct. 20 ... recorded three tackles at Purdue on Oct. 13 ... made first career start at safety against Illinois on Oct. 6, recording two tackles ... saw action at Nebraska on Sept. 29, against UTEP on Sept. 22, against Utah State on Sept. 15 and Oregon State on Sept. 8 ... made Badger debut against Northern Iowa on Sept. 1

2011 Season: Redshirt season ... named UW's defensive scout team player of the week for the Illinois game

High School:
Three-star recruit by ESPN/Scouts Inc., Scout and Rivals as a safety ... rated as the No. 42 outside linebacker in the country by Scout and No. 83 by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... Rivals ranks him as the No. 44 safety in the country and No. 13 player overall in Pennsylvania ... finished career with 377 carries for 2,759 yards and 38 touchdowns and 10 receptions for 140 yards and four touchdowns ... suffered season-ending injury in first quarter of first game of senior season, but had already scored two touchdowns and rushed for 40 yards on five carries ... team MVP and 2009 Western Pennsylvania Big School Player of the Year as a junior, rushing for 2,611 yards and 34 touchdowns on 360 carries and catching 10 passes for 140 yards and four scores; on defense made team-leading 89.5 tackles ... also chosen as player of the year by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Beaver County Times and Pittsburgh Sporting News ... named to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WPIAL FAB 22 team ... conference MVP and first-team all-conference as running back and linebacker ... all-state selection by A.P. and Harrisburg Patriot News ... as a sophomore, carried 17 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns ... won three letters in football and two in track and field ... three-year member of the school's honor roll ... head coach was Bob Palko

Personal: Parents are Richard and Cynthia Caputo ... father, Richard, played football at Bucknell from 1967-68 ... uncle, John Caputo, played football at DePauw from 1965-68 ... hobbies are drawing, sketching, boxing and camping ... coached basketball at Special Olympics, member of JROTC Marines and was a D.A.R.E. instructor ... majoring in life sciences communication

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Game-by-Game Tackles (Solo-Assist=Total)
2012 SEASON: Illinois (1-1=2); at Purdue (3-0=3); Minnesota (1-0=1); at Indiana (2-0=2); at Penn State (1-0=1); vs. #14 Nebraska (1-0=1); vs. #8 Stanford (1-0=1)

2013 SEASON: UMass (2-2=4); Tennessee Tech (2-0=2); Arizona State (7-3=10); Purdue (2-2=4); at #4 Ohio State (1-3=4); #19 Northwestern (3-0=3); at Illinois (3-4=7); at Iowa (4-2=6); BYU (7-5=12); Indiana (3-3=6); at Minnesota (1-3=4); vs. #8 South Carolina (1-0=1)

2014 SEASON: vs. #13 LSU (6-9=15); Western Illinois (2-0=2); Bowling Green (2-2=4); South Florida (3-2=5); Northwestern (8-3=11); Illinois (7-1=8); Maryland (3-2=5); at Rutgers (3-4=7); at Purdue (7-0=7); #11 Nebraska (3-3=6); at Iowa (7-4=11); #22 Minnesota (6-6=12); vs. #8 Ohio State (1-5=6); vs. #19 Auburn (6-1=7)

Career Game Highs
Tackles 15 vs. LSU, Aug. 30, 2014
Tackles for Loss 2.0 vs. Illinois, Oct. 11, 2014
Sacks 1.5 vs. Illinois, Oct. 11, 2014
Interceptions 1 vs. Western Illinois, Sept. 6, 2014
Passes Defended 2 vs. Auburn, Jan. 1, 2015

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