Returning starter at outside linebacker ? Should become a leader for the Minuteman defense this season ? Has played in 23 career games at UMass, starting 15 times.
2002: One of UMass? starting outside linebackers ? Played in all 12 games on the season, starting 11 times ? Ranked sixth on the team with 83 total tackles on the season, including 46 solo stops ? Led the squad in sacks with 10 for 64 yards, while standing fourth in tackles for loss with 15 for 76 yards ? Also recorded two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three pass breakups and eight quarterback hurries ? Placed sixth on the UMass single season list for sacks with 10 ? Had nine total tackles in the victory at Rhode Island, with a sack, two tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble ? Totaled six tackles in the win over Villanova, with a sack, a quarterback hurry and an interception to set up a UMass touchdown ? Made 10 tackles in the victory at Richmond, with a sack, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery ? Recorded 10 total tackles at New Hampshire, with two tackles for loss ? Had 10 total tackles in the win at James Madison, with one pass breakup ? Totaled five tackles against Hofstra, including a sack for six yards ? Made nine tackles against Central Connecticut, with two sacks and a fumble return for 26 yards ? Recorded five tackles and a pass breakup in the win over Maine ? Had five tackles against AIC, including three sacks and four tackles for loss, to go along with three quarterback hurries ? Totaled four tackles at North Carolina State, with a sack and a forced fumble ? Made three tackles in the victory over Delaware, with a pass breakup and three quarterback hurries ? Recorded seven total tackles at Northeastern.
2001: Played in all 11 games at inside linebacker, starting four times ? Recorded 35 tackles on the season, including 27 solo stops ? Also had two sacks, an interception, a pass breakup and two quarterback hurries ? Totaled three tackles during the victory over Rhode Island ? Made two tackles at Maine, including a sack for seven yards ? Had a pair of solo tackles in the win over Northeastern ? Recorded three solo tackles, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry at Villanova ? Intercepted a pass and returned it for 13 yards during the victory over James Madison, while also making two tackles ? Totaled five tackles against New Hampshire, with a sack for four yards ? Made five total tackles at Delaware ? Had three tackles at Marshall ? Recorded a season-high nine tackles against William & Mary in the season opener.
Before UMass: Transferred to UMass from the University of Connecticut ? Played in 10 games at outside linebacker for the Huskies in 2000, totaling 36 tackles and two tackles for loss ? Ranked ninth on the team in total tackles ? Prior to his time at Connecticut, was a three-year letterwinner at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ? Twice named All-County, All-State, All-Gridiron and to the Broward County All-Star team ? Served as team captain during his senior season, when the team went 13-1 and won the 4A state championship.
Personal: Full name is Michael A. Ziccardi ? Born May 3, 1982 ? Attended the same high school as UMass senior linebacker Jeremy Cain and redshirt freshman tailback Justin Montgomery ? Majoring in Sociology.
Ziccardi?s Defensive Statistics (at UMass)
Ziccardi?s Defensive Statistics (at Connecticut)