59   Joe Abasciano
Joe Abasciano


Worcester, Mass.

High School:
Bridgton Academy

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 203


Enters the season as the backup to Dan Schneider at one defensive end spot ? Has played in 37 career games, earning two starts ? Very intense player ? Strong special teams performer.

1998:Second-string defensive end ? Played in every game on the season, starting twice (against Richmond and Delaware) ? Made 19 tackles on the season, including three for loss ? Also had two sacks on the year for 13 yards ? Made two tackles at Connecticut, including a sack for four yards ? Had a pair of tackles against James Madison, with a sack for nine yards.

1997:Saw action in all 11 games at defensive end and on special teams ? Posted at least one tackle in every game ? Finished with 40 total tackles (14 solo), including two tackles for loss ? Recovered three fumbles ? Recorded a career-high eight tackles (four solo) and recovered a fumble against New Hampshire ? Had six tackles (two solo) and a fumble recovery against Hofstra ? Registered five tackles at Maine.

1996:Saw action in all 11 games at defensive end and on special teams ? Recorded 15 total tackles (six solo), including three tackles for loss, one sack and one pass breakup ? Had his finest effort of the season in the 43-12 win over Boston University, totaling four tackles with two tackles for loss, one sack and one pass breakup ? Registered four tackles (two solo) with one tackle for loss in the 41-20 victory over Buffalo.

1995:Redshirted. Before UMass: Played one year of prep ball for Nick Marcella at Bridgton Academy ? Ranked second on the team in tackles (70) and sacks (five) ? Served as team captain ? Earned his team's Most Outstanding Player award ? Four-year letterwinner who played outside linebacker, defensive tackle, offensive tackle and tight end for Tony Wood at St. John's High School ? Led his team in tackles and sacks as a senior ? Boston Globe Central Mass. All-Star choice in his senior year ? Middlesex News Metro West All-Star pick at offensive tackle as a senior ? Two-time All-Conference selection ? Team captain during his senior season.

Personal:Full name is Joseph Mauro Abasciano ? Son of Mauro Abasciano and Pauline Willam ? Grandfather, Frank Abasciano, played football at the University of Alabama ? Born October 7, 1976 in Worcester, Mass. ? Attended the same prep school as sophomore defensive end Pierre Royer ? Majoring in Sociology.

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