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Vincenzo D’Amato

School

California

Position
Placekicker
Major
Legal Studies

Classroom

D’Amato participated in graduation in May of 2013. He is finishing up his required coursework for his degree in legal studies in the fall of 2013. D’Amato has a cumulative 3.036 GPA.

Character

D’Amato is a well-respected leader in the Cal football community, especially with the specialists that he works and practices with on a daily basis. He leads by example by being timely, professional and hard working. He prides himself in striving to be a positive role model to youth.

Community

D’Amato has been involved with the SAGE mentoring group that mentors local youth in one-on-one settings in their school during one previous semester. He plans to participate again this fall. D’Amato has also participated in “loaves of fishes” at Newman Hall, a Roman Catholic community on the Cal campus. He has also worked at the Cal football Sonny Dykes football camps.

Competition

D’Amato is having his best season over the first six games of 2013, having earned fourth-team Midseason All-American and second-team Midseason All-Pac-12 honors from Phil Steele after making 12-of-13 field goal attempts in the first half of the regular season and ranking tied for third nationally and first in the Pac-12 with 2.0 field goals made per game. He is also third in the conference and 22nd nationally in field goal percentage (92.3%). D’Amato leads Cal in scoring with 51 points and is tied for 40th nationally and eighth in the Pac-12 (fifth among kickers) with an average of 8.5 points per game. D’Amato has played in 29 games off the bench and is Cal’s active career scoring leader with 181 points, making 35-of-48 field goal atempts (72.9%) and 76-of-80 extra point tries (95.0%). He has not had a field goal or extra point attempt blocked in his career. D’Amato was a first-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice according to Lindy’s and Sporting News in 2013, while he picked up second-team recognition from Athlon and College Sports Madness, and third-team honors from Phil Steele. He was also listed prior to the season as the No. 8 draft eligible kicker in the nation by Steele, named to the preseason College Football Performance Awards Special Teams Watch List for the Placekicker Trophy and is a candidate for the Lou Groza Award. He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection in 2012, while Phil Steele gave him a second-team nod. D’Amato led the conference and ranked tied for 34th nationally in field goals made (1.33 fgmpg) and was fifth in the league in field goal percentage (16-23, 69.6%) and per-game scoring among kickers (6.5), while ranking 12th in scoring overall. D’Amato scored a team and career-high 78 points, adding 30-of-33 (90.9%) extra points to his 16 field goals.