1998: Played in two games, starting the Penn State contest ... Broke his foot in preseason practice forcing him to miss the first 10 games of the season ... Did not record a catch.
1997: Sat out season after transferring from Notre Dame ... Was scout champion for the Oklahoma, Michigan and Illinois games.
As a Sophomore at Notre Dame: Played in all 12 games and caught one pass for four yards.
As a Freshman at Notre Dame: Did not see any action.
High School: Named a high school All-American by SuperPrep, Prep Football Report and Bluechip Illustrated ... Ranked fourth nationally among tight ends by Bluechip Illustrated and 12th nationally by SuperPrep ... Rated one of top 100 players nationally by the Chicago Sun-Times ... One of 20 players on Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest Team ... Earned all-state honors and was named a two-time all-area and all-conference pick by the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald ... Caught 27 passes for 490 yards and six TDs, a 17.0-yard average as a senior ... Career totals included 79 catches for 1,199 yards and nine TDs ... Defensively, he recorded 82 tackles and seven sacks ... High school coach was his father, Tom ... Lettered eight times as a prep (3-football, 4-track, 1-basketball).
Personal: Born John Joseph Cerasani on 12/3/76 ... Son of Tom and Joan Cerasani ... Social policy major ... Brother, Tom Jr., played at Indiana State.
Cerasani's Career Stats
Year GP REC YDS AVG TD LNG
1996 (at ND) 12 1 4 4.0 0 4
1998 2 0 0 0.0 0 0
TOTALS 14 1 4 4.0 0 4
The Cerasani File
Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement:
Making it through winter conditioning last year
Q. Three words (or less) to describe Coach Walker: Intense, relentless, short
Q. Which talent would you most like to have: To sing and play lead guitar