Fresno State: Will help comprise one of the nation's best lineback corps ? an honorable mention All-WAC performer last season ? has played both end and linebacker in his career ? a strong, physical player who can stop the run and rush the passer ? (1999) Made one of the biggest plays of the season stopping UTEP tight end Elzie Johnson on the goal line to prevent a two-point conversion in overtime that secured a Fresno State 24-23 victory and kept the Bulldog's championship hopes alive ? started the season as an end but moved to linebacker fulltime in the last four games ? finished eighth on the team in tackles ? had 18 solo tackles and 49 total stops ? had four tackles for a loss and three quarterback sacks ? tied for second in the WAC with two fumble recoveries ? has one interception ? had eight tackles against Rice ? was named WAC Defensive Player of the Week vs. UTEP ? needs three more tackles for 100 in his career ? selected honorable mention All-WAC. (1998) Played in 10 games at linebacker, recording seven tackles, including four unassisted. (1997) Recorded 38 tackles, as both a reserve linebacker and on special teams ... had one sack, one tackle for a loss and two pass breakups.
High School: A 1996 graduate of Soquel (Calif.) High School ... lettered two years each in football and track and one in soccer ... earned team MVP honors and was named the All-SCCAL Defensive Player of the Year.
Personal: Born May 14, 1978, in San Diego, Calif. ... son of Michael and Cheryl Chiaramonte ... his older brother, Giuseppe, played baseball at Fresno State from 1995-97, setting the school career record for home runs ... also has a younger brother, Vito.
STATISTICS: Year G-GS Solo Asst. Total TFL-Yds. Sacks-Yds. 1997 12-0 26 12 38 1-2 1-3 1998 10-0 4 3 7 1-2 0-0 1999 13-13 18 34 52 4-20 3-13 Totals 35-13 48 49 97 6-24 4-16