2006: The accurate Danelo, coming off a record-setting 2005 performance, returns for his second season as USC's placekicker as a junior in 2006.
2005: Danelo earned a scholarship in the fall of 2005 and won the starting placekicking job as a sophomore in 2005, setting records in the process. Overall in 2005 in his first year as USC's kicker, he hit 83-of-86 PATs and 11-of-12 field goals. He set the NCAA, Pac-10 and USC season records for PATs (83) and PAT attempts (86). He was 17th nationally in scoring (8.9, sixth in Pac-10). He hit his last 11 field goals after missing his first-ever try. He made 2005 All-Pac-10 honorable mention. He won USC's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award. 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 (he missed a 42-yard field goal). Then, for the second week in a row, he set the USC game record by hitting all 10 of his PATs versus Arkansas. At Oregon, he hit his first career field goal (36 yards) and made all 6 PATs, then he hit a 36-yard field goal and all 5 of his PATs at Arizona State. He hit all 6 of his PATs against Arizona, 4-of-5 PATs (his miss was on a 30-yard try because of a penalty) at Notre Dame and 6-of-7 PATs along with a 30-yard field goal (at the first half gun) at Washington. He added a pair of field goals (27 and 22 yards) and all 7 of his PATs against Washington State, a 21-yard field goal and 6 of his 7 PATs against Stanford, all 5 of his PATs at California and all 3 of his field goals (25, 31 and 26 yards) and all 5 of his PATs to set the Pac-10 season marks for PATs and PAT attempts against Fresno State. He set NCAA season records for PATs and PAT attempts as he hit 9-of-9 PATs and a 35-yard field goal against UCLA. He nailed a career-long 43-yard field goal and hit all 5 of his PATs against Texas.
2004: Danelo did not see any action as a walk-on redshirt freshman reserve placekicker in 2004.
2003: Danelo redshirted as a first-year freshman walk-on placekicker in 2003, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: He prepped at San Pedro (Calif.) High, where he played football (he was an All-L.A. City first team linebacker as a senior in 2002) and soccer. Current Trojan Zack Heberer also prepped at San Pedro.
PERSONAL: His father, Joe, 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).
GAME-BY-GAME WITH MARIO DANELO