2010 Scouting Report: Fourth-year walk-on who ranks among Pitt's most respected players on and off the field...a past recipient of the Demale Stanley Award, which goes to the team's most inspirational player...Cafaro earned the admiration of his teammates while undergoing treatment for cancer in 2007...he additionally was a 2008 finalist for the "Rudy Award," which honors college football players who demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment...was granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA after suffering a torn ACL in the '09 season opener...will provide depth in the secondary and contribute on special teams this year.
2009: Was limited to just one game after sustaining a season-ending left knee injury in the opener against Youngstown State...had one tackle against YSU on the kickoff coverage unit.
2008: Earned his first letter...played in 11 games, establishing himself as an asset on Pitt's kickoff coverage unit...had two tackles, including stops against Notre Dame and West Virginia.
2007: Joined team as a walk-on and redshirted.
High School: Three-time all-section honoree at Upper St. Clair High under Coach Jim Render...earned three letters as a receiver, cornerback and kick returner for USC...compiled 16 interceptions and 12 blocked kicks during his three-year varsity career...scored 16 touchdowns and blocked eight kicks as a senior...helped team to a three-year record of 32-5 (.865), including three WPIAL Class AAAA playoff berths...his junior year, Upper St. Clair captured its conference title and advanced to the WPIAL championship game, finishing 12-1...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"... selected to play in the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game...also an all-state performer in baseball, earning three letters in that sport...named captain of both the football and baseball teams.
Personal: Daniel Michael Cafaro, born 5/12/87, is the son of Jim and Cindy Cafaro...has one brother and one sister...father played baseball at Duquesne and also in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system...communication major.
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