Trojans mourn a loss- Mario Danelo #19
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Southern California kicker Mario Danelo was found dead Saturday about 120 feet down a rocky cliff near Point Fermin lighthouse. The body was reported by a passer-by at about 4:30 p.m., said Martha Garcia of the Los Angeles Police Department Danelo, the 21-year-old son of former NFL kicker Joe Danelo, made 15 of 16 field goals this season and led the Trojans in scoring with 89 points. The junior made two field goals in the Rose Bowl on Monday to help USC beat Michigan 32-18.
Speaking on behalf of Trojans coach Pete Carroll, USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said: “We were stunned to hear about this tragedy. This is a great loss. Mario was a wonderful young man of high character. He was one heck of a kicker. He was a key ingredient in our success the past two years. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Trojan family go out to the Danelo family on this sad, sad day.”
History found on usclegends.org
He was born on July 3, 1985 in San Pedro, California. He currently plays as a place kicker in the USC Trojans. He shares the same passion for football like his father Joe, who was a placekicker at Washington State (1972-74) before playing in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers (1975), New York Giants (1976-82) and Buffalo Bills (1983-84). Mario prepped at San Pedro High, where he played football and soccer. Where he was an All-L.A. City first team linebacker as a senior in 2002. He was a redshirted first-year freshman walk-on placekicker in 2003. In the 2004 season, he was a freshman reserve placekicker. He earned a scholarship in the fall of 2005 and won the starting placekicking job as a sophomore, setting records in the process. Recorded hits 83-of-86 PATs and 11-of-12 field goals. He set the NCAA, Pac-10 and USC season records for PATs and PAT attempts. He was 17th nationally in scoring. He hit his last 11 field goals after missing his first-ever try. He made 2005 All-Pac-10 honorable mention. He also won USC’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award. While his career got off to a quick start as he tied a USC game record by hitting all 9 of his PATs at Hawaii in his first USC action. Then, for the second week in a row, he set the USC game record by hitting all 10 of his PATs versus Arkansas. In the 2006 season, he returns for his second season as USC’s placekicker as a junior.