: Appeared in all 11 games, starting 5... Posted career-high marks in most defensive categories... Had 44 total tackles (23 solos, 21 assists) with 3.5 tackles for losses of 23 yards... TFL total included 2.0 sacks for 19 yards... Tallied at least 5 tackles in each of first five games... Credited for 5 solos (6 total) vs. Portland State... Logged season-best 7 tackles (2-5-7) vs. Eastern Washington... Enjoyed first collegiate sack at Sacramento State, throwing QB Chris Hurd for 12-yard loss... Added a 7-yard sack for his only tackle in season finale vs. Northern Colorado... Recovered Anthony Kimble's fumble in opening drive of third quarter at Stanford... Pick-up gave Aggies possession at Cardinal 41, setting up Nelson Doris' second TD.
2004: Played in all 10 games as a reserve, posting 12 total tackles (9 solos, 3 assists)... Led team and GWFC with 3 forced fumbles... Rate of 0.38 per game would have ranked him 7th among D-IAA leaders... Forced and recovered 2 fumbles in win over Western Oregon... Also had 4 solo tackles (including one for a 4-yard loss) in the game... Had 2-2-4 tackles with a forced fumble in opener vs. South Dakota State... Had one of three Aggie INTs of Jeff Fowler of Weber State... Won team's Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice: at Northern Colorado and vs. North Dakota State.
2003: Recorded 12 total tackles (9 solos, 3 assists) in 10 games... First INT was against Cordell Webb of Saint Mary's, sealing win with 19 seconds remaining... Also had first fumble recovery in that game, grabbing Stevela Harper's kickoff return (forced by Tom Parisi)... Voted as team's Special Teams Player of the Week... Posted 2-0-2 tackles chart vs. Gaels, one of three such outings (Western Oregon, Cal Poly)... First career tackle came at North Dakota State, stopping Allren Burrell's kickoff return in the 2nd quarter.
2002: Redshirted... Named Scout Defense Player of the Week for week against Saint Mary's.
PALMA HS '02: Capped four-year career by earning Monterey Bay League MVP and garnering all-county, all-valley and All-Central Coast Section honors... Named Defensive Player of the Year by Monterey County Herald... Made All-CCS honorable mention as a junior... Also captured MBL Most Valuable Offensive Player (as a quarterback) and appeared on all-county and all-valley teams in 2000... Four-time team MVP... Team went 23-2-1 and won back-to-back section titles in his last two years.
PERSONAL: Born in Salinas, Calif.... Economics major... Youngest son of Marie Amaral... Cousin Greg Scattini played basketball for Aggies in early 90s... Older brothers Matt and Chad played football at Santa Clara... Late father, John, Sr., played football at Sac State.