35 - Mark Balestracci
Mark Balestracci
Height: 5-11
Weight: 188
Year: Senior
Hometown: New Bedford, Mass.
High School: New Bedford
Position: DB
2004: Played in 11 games on the season with two starts ... Totaled 21 tackles on the year, with 16 solo stops and one tackle for loss ... Recorded a season-best eight tackles against Duquesne ... Totaled three solo tackles and an interception in the victory at Dartmouth ... Posted four solo tackles against Lehigh.

2003: Appeared in eight games, making one start ... Recorded 40 total tackles, including 28 solo and 12 assisted stops ... Notched his first career interception against Harvard ... Posted a career-high 16 tackles on the road against San Diego ... Picked up eight solo and eight assisted stops against the Toreros ... Recorded eight tackles, including seven solo marks, against Yale ... Posted six tackles against Georgetown and five against Harvard.

2002: Played in four games, mostly on special teams ... Made his collegiate debut against Army.

High School: Two sport All-Star at New Bedford High School ... Two-time Boston Globe Division I All-Star ... Big 3 Conference All-Star and served as the team's tri-captain ... Winner of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award ... Most Valuable Player of the Thanksgiving Day Game ... Led team in scoring, touchdown receptions, receptions, receiving yards, kickoff returns and punt returns.

Personal: Full name is Mark Lemieux Balestracci ... Born on May 4, 1983 ... Son of Dante and Judith Balestracci ... Brother, Dante, was a first team All-Ivy League linebacker at Harvard ... Majoring in History.

Balestracci's Defensive Statistics
YEAR   GP-GS   UT   AT   TT   SACK   TFL      INT   PBU
2002     4-0    0    0    0    0-0   0-0      0-0     0
2003     8-1   28   12   40    0-0   0-0   1-(-3)     1
2004    11-2   16    5   21    0-0   1-2     1-11     2
TOTAL   23-3   44   17   61    0-0   1-2      2-8     3