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.
Ziccardis Defensive Statistics (at UMass)
Ziccardis Defensive Statistics (at Connecticut)