With 21 starting assignments over the last three seasons, this rugged safety has the experience and physical ability to contend for All-Pac-10 honors his senior season ... ranked as the No. 24 safety in college football by Lindy's magazine entering this fall...a physical player who has steadily improved during his college career and has the pros eyeing him closely...noted for his tough, tenacious style of play.
1998: earned honorable mention Pac-10 honors as a junior...finished as Cal's third-leading tackler with 66 stops, including 38 unassisted tackles, despite missing the USC and Washington games with a knee sprain...came on strong at the end of the season, posting 25 tackles over the last three games...had 10 tackles at Arizona State, nine tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage, against Arizona and six tackles with a forced fumble in the Stanford finale.
1997: a 10-game starter during the 1997 campaign...ended the season with 38 tackles (27 unassisted), tying him for fifth-most on the team...posted a career-high eight unassisted tackles vs. Arizona State...also had five-tackle games at Louisiana Tech, vs. Oregon State and at Stanford...opened the season with four tackles at Houston, including a 7-yard sack.
1996: started a pair of games, but was on the field in every contest as a member of Cal's special teams...finished the year with 24 tackles, including 16 unassisted stops...entered the season as the starter at free safety and recorded six tackles (four unassisted) in his college debut at San Jose State...coaches decided, however, that his level of experience would be better served in a reserve role...came back to start the final game of the season against Stanford and had five tackles...recovered a fumble on punt coverage against UCLA.
1995: redshirted his first season at Cal.
High School/Personal: Played wide receiver, linebacker, defensive back, running back and quarterback as a prep at Mitty HS in San Jose...earned honorable mention all-state honors from Student Sports magazine...a Blue Chip Illustrated All-America selection as the No. 10 ranked defensive back in the West...earned first team All-Bay Area as named by the San Francisco Examiner...also was first team WCAL and Central Coast Section...led team with 101 tackles and five interceptions as a senior...also accounted for 1,640 yards rushing and receiving on offense...biggest thrill was catching a Hail Mary pass that won the WCAL title his senior year...set a school record with 20 career interceptions...was also recruited by UCLA, Utah and Air Force...was a standout catcher on prep baseball team...hit .363 as a junior, earning team MVP honors...started eight games for Cal's baseball team in 1997 and had four hits in 32 at-bats with four RBI...father, Dennis, played football at San Jose State and then under coach Bill Walsh for the semi-pro San Jose Apaches...dad currently works in the district attorney's office in San Jose...mother, Marie, works as a flight attendant...majoring in political science at Cal...born April 16, 1976 in Redwood City, CA.
Destefano's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1996* 16 8 24 0-0 0.0 0 0 1997 27 11 38 1-7 1.0 0 1 1998 38 28 66 4-9 0.0 0 1 Totals 81 47 128 5-16 1.0 0 2
* includes stats from bowl game
The Pete Destefano File
- An experienced player with 21 starts in his career, he enters his senior season rated the No. 24 safety in college football by Lindy's magazine.
- Father, Dennis, played college football at San Jose State and under Bill Walsh with the semi-pro San Jose Apaches.