August 30, 2006

Season Preview: Defensive backfield solid at top

In the defensive backfield, safety Zach Catanese proved to be a revelation in his first season as a Sun Devil after coming to the program as a mid-year JUCO transfer in the spring of 2005. Catanese will pair up with Josh Barrett to form perhaps the best starting safety duo on the Pac-10.

Catanese finished second on the team in tackles with 107, three of which were for loss, and he also had two sacks, one interception, four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles last season. He is the leading returning tackler in the Pac-10, a legitimate candidate to earn next season's Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year and among 33 defensive backs named to the preseason Jim Thorpe Award watch list.

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