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#13 Vincenzo D'Amato
Position: Place Kicker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 205
Year: Senior
Hometown: Lake Forest, CA
High School: El Toro HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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D’Amato finished his collegiate career with 212 points, making 40-of-55 field goal attempts (72.7%) with a long of 52 at Washington State during his junior season and 92-of-96 extra-point tries (95.8%). He played in 35 games from 2009-13, including all 24 possible contests over his final two campaigns. D'Amato connected on a career-high 17-of-20 field goal attempts as a 2013 senior to tie for second in the Pac-12 and tie for 23rd nationally in field goal percentage (85.0%), making all 14 of his attempts from inside 45 yards. He was also tied for third in the Pac-12 and tied for 25th nationally with an average of 1.42 field goals made per contest. D’Amato led the Golden Bears in scoring with a career-high 82 points, earning spots on 2013 All-Pac-12 teams selected by the league’s coaches (second team), Athlon (third team) and Phil Steele (third team). He was also an honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic selection, one of 20 national semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and one of 30 final candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. In addition, he was a Phil Steele fourth-team Midseason All-American selection.

Career Stats
Game Logs: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

Pronunciation
vin-CHEN-zo duh-MAHT-oh

After Cal
► Has exhausted his collegiate eligibility and is eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft
► Accepted an invitation and played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan., 18, 2014, where he contributed five points by making one-of-two field goals on a 35-yard attempt and both of his extra points for the American team in a 31-17 loss to the National squad
► Participated at the 2014 Cal Pro Timing Day and San Francisco 49ers Pro Day
 
Cal Career (2009-13)
► Handled Cal’s kickoff and placekicking duties each of his final two seasons in 2012 and 2013, leading the team in scoring both campaigns
► Shared kickoff and placekicking duties with Giorgio Tavecchio as a true freshman in 2009 before backing up Tavecchio in 2010 and redshirting in 2011 then reemerging as the starter his final two seasons in 2012 and 2013 after Tavecchio exhausted his collegiate eligibility following the 2011 campaign
► Played in 35 games including all 24 possible over his final two seasons and finished his career with 212 points, making 40-of-55 (72.7%) field goal attempts with a long of 52 at Washington State as a 2012 junior and 92-of-96 (95.8%) extra-point tries
► Kicked off 128 times for 7,617 yards (59.5 avg) with 39 touchbacks
► Did not have a field goal or extra-point attempt blocked
► Threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Bouza on his lone collegiate pass on Cal’s first drive of his 2013 senior season
► Scored a career-high 14 points against Southern Utah as a 2012 junior
► Changed his uniform to the No. 13 he finished his career with beginning in 2012 spring practices after wearing No. 16 for each of his first three seasons with the program from 2009-11
 
Senior (2013)
► Led the team in scoring with a career-high 82 points while handling the team’s kickoffs and placekicking duties for all 12 contests
► Earned spots on All-Pac-12 teams selected by the league’s coaches (second team), Athlon (third team) and Phil Steele (third team)
► National semifinalist for Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award as nation’s top placekicker
► One of 30 final national candidates for the Senior CLASS Award
► Honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic
► Tied for third in the Pac-12 and tied for 25th nationally in field goals made per game (1.42 fgmpg)
► Made 17-of-20 field goals (85.0%) and 31-of-32 (96.9%) extra points, ranking tied for second in the Pac-12 and tied for 23rd nationally in field goal percentage, with a career high number of field goals made and equaling a career-best in extra points made
► Made all 14 of his attempts from inside 45 yards as well as his first six overall
► Career-high 20 touchbacks on 57 kickoffs and 3,339 total yards for a 58.6 average
► Converted at least one field goal in 10 of 12 games, including each of his first eight
► Started the season strong by scoring 35 points in the first three contests at home against Northwestern, Portland State and Ohio State, making 8-of-9 field goals and all 11 of his extra points during the stretch
► Had 12 points in the season opener against Northwestern to earn Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the lone time in his career and also honorable mention College Football Performance Awards National Placekicker of the Week recognition, connecting on all three field goals and three extra points, while also throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Bouza on a fake field goal on Cal’s first drive of the season in his only career passing attempt
► Registered a season-high 13 points against Portland State in the second game of the season and Cal’s lone win, making 3-of-4 field goals and all four of his extra points to earn honorable mention CFPA National Placekicker of the Week honors for the second game in a row
► Tied career highs with his three field goals made against both Northwestern and Portland State
► Made both of his field goal attempts and all four of his extra-point tries against Ohio State to total 10 points for his third straight double-digit scoring game to open the season
► Made both of his field goal tries in two other games vs. Washington State (2-2 PAT) and at Stanford (1-1 PAT), earning honorable mention CFPA National Placekicker of the Week recognition for the third time against the Cardinal
► Connected on his lone attempt in road games at Oregon (1-2 PAT), UCLA (season-long 51-yarder that tied for the fourth-longest of the season in the Pac-12, 1-1 PAT), Washington (2-2 PAT) and Colorado (3-3 PAT), and made 1-of-2 vs. Oregon State (2-2 PAT)
► Made a season-high-tying four extra points on four attempts on four different occasions at home (Portland State, Ohio State, Arizona, USC)
► Twice averaged a season-high-tying 65.0 yards on kickoffs at UCLA and vs. Arizona
► Had a career-high-tying four touchbacks on a season-high eight kickoffs against Portland State, while posting at least two touchbacks on eight occasions
► Fourth-team Midseason All-American and second-team Midseason All-Pac-12 pick of Phil Steele
First-team (Lindy’s, Sporting News), second-team (Athlon, College Sports Madness), and third-team (Phil Steele) preseason All-Pac-12
► No. 8 draft eligible kicker in the nation according to Phil Steele prior to season
► Preseason CFPA Special Teams Watch List for the Placekicker Trophy
► Cal’s lone returning first-team All-Pac-12 selection

Junior (2012)
► One of Cal’s two first-team All-Pac-12 selections selected by the coaches and its only one returning for 2013, while Phil Steele gave him a second-team nod
► Led the conference and ranked tied for 34th nationally in field goals made (1.33 fgmpg) to give Cal the Pac-12’s top field goal kicker in the category for the second consecutive season after Giorgio Tavecchio became the first in 2011 since Doug Brien in 1991
► Fifth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (16-23, 69.6%) and per-game scoring among kickers (6.5), while ranking 12th in scoring overall
► Scored a team-high 78 points, adding 30-of-33 (90.9%) extra points to his 16 field goals
► Made 11 consecutive field goals at one point during the campaign
► Hit on all nine of his attempts from inside 30 yards, while he was 3-of-5 between 30 and 39 yards, 3-of-8 between 40 and 49 yards, and made his only attempt over 50 yards when he nailed a career-long 52-yarder at Washington State that was the second longest in the Pac-12 in 2012
► Kicked off 59 times for 3,570 yards and a career-high 60.5 yard average with 18 touchbacks
► Scored a career-high 14 points that ranked tied for second among Pac-12 kickers during the season against Southern Utah when he connected on a Pac-12 season-high-tying and career-high-tying three field goals by making all of three of his attempts while adding five extra points
► Equaled a Pac-12 season and career-high-tying three field goals made on four attempts at USC to score all nine of Cal’s points
► Scored nine points at Utah when he hit both of his field goal attempts and all three extra point tries, with one of his field goals made being his second-longest of the year at 49 yards
► Made his first two field goals vs. Washington but missed his third attempt of the game from 41 yards to bring his streak of 11 straight makes to an end
► Made single field goals vs. Nevada, vs. Arizona State, vs. UCLA, at Washington State, vs. Stanford and vs. Oregon
► Made at least one field goal in 10 of 12 contests
► Missed all three of his field goals attempts at Ohio State from 40 and two from 42 yards out
► Averaged at least 60.0 yards per kickoff in eight of his first nine games with a season-high of 65.0 on four kicks at USC
► Had a season-high and career-high-tying four touchbacks at Washington State
 
Junior (2011)
► Redshirted
► Did not play

Sophomore (2010)
► Played in one game, kicking off for 51 yards on the team’s second to last kickoff vs. Colorado

Freshman (2009)
► Shared placekicking duties for much of the season with Giorgio Tavecchio
► One of only three true freshmen along with offensive lineman Brian Schwenke and tailback Isi Sofele to play during the season, seeing action in 10 of 13 games
► Ranked third on the squad in scoring with 52 points, connecting on 7-of-12 (58.3%) field goals and all 31 (100.0%) of his extra point tries, tying for first in the Pac-10 in extra-point percentage as one of five conference kickers that reached the minimum number of attempts without a miss
► Eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring for kickers with an average of 5.2 points per game and ninth in field goals per game (0.70 fgmpg)
► Booted a season-long 47-yard field goal at Oregon
► Made both of his field goal attempts in the Big Game at Stanford, connecting for Cal’s first points late in the opening quarter to start a winning rally that brought Cal back from a 14-0 deficit and the Golden Bears’ last points with 2:42 remaining in the contest for the final 34-28 margin
► His 2-for-2 field goal game at Stanford was one of 28 times a Pac-10 kicker was perfect on field goals with at least two attempts during a 2009 contest
► In addition to his season-long make at Oregon, he also had single field goals in contests vs. Maryland, Eastern Washington and USC, as well as at Washington
► Had the most PATs made and attempted in a single game in the Pac-10 in 2009 by hitting 8-of-8 against Eastern Washington and also tied for the second-most PATs made and attempted in a game by going 7-of-7 in the season-opener against Maryland
► Perfect in PAT attempts at Minnesota (5-5), at Stanford (4-4), at UCLA (3-3), in the Poinsettia Bowl vs. Utah (3-3) and at Washington (1-1)
► Had his top scoring game against Eastern Washington when he tallied a season-high 11 points on one field goal and eight extra points
► Also had double-digit scoring efforts with 10 points both vs. Maryland (1 FG, 7-7 PAT) and at Stanford (2 FG, 4-4 PAT)
► Accounted for all six points scored by Cal in back-to-back games at Oregon and vs. USC, with one field goal in each contest
► Made his only field goal attempt from inside 20 yards, while going 4-of-5 from 20-29, 1-of-2 from 30-39 and 1-of-4 from 40-49
► Had one touchback and averaged 59.7 yards per kickoff on 11 attempts

El Toro HS (2007-08)
► Earned All-State, first-team All-County and Sea View League Special Teams MVP recognition from Cal-Hi Sports and MaxPreps as a 2008 senior when he booted 13 field goals (including five from 40 yards or more) and 30 extra points while putting 94 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone
► Had a season-long field goal of 48 yards during his senior campaign
► Made 17 field goals and all 33 of his PATs as a 2007 junior

Other
► Full name is Vincenzo D’Amato
► Born March 28, 1991
► Parents are Antonio and Veronica D’Amato
► Graduated from Cal in December of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies

Career Game Highs
Field Goals Made: 3 (four times, last vs. Portland State, 2013)
Field Goals Attempted: 4 (twice, last vs. Portland State, 2013)
Field Goal Percentage (with most field goals made if tie): 100.0, 3-3 (twice, last vs. Northwestern, 2013)
Long Field Goal: 52 (at Washington State, 2012)
PATs Made: 8 (vs. Eastern Washington, 2009)
PATs Attempted: 8 (vs. Eastern Washington, 2009)
PAT Percentage (with most PATs made if tie): 100.0, 8-8 (vs. Eastern Washington, 2009)
Kickoffs: 9 (vs. Southern Utah, 2012)
Kickoff Yards: 528 (vs. Southern Utah, 2012)
Kickoff Average: 65.5, 2-131 (at Oregon, 2009)
Long Kickoff: 70 (multiple times)
Touchbacks: 4 (twice, last vs. Portland State, 2013)
Pass Completions: 1 (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
Pass Attempts: 1 (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
Passing Yards: 10 (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
Passing TDs: 1 (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
Long Pass: 10TD (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
Points: 14 (vs. Southern Utah, 2012)

Last Updated
May 6, 2014

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