VILLANOVA:All-American Candidate; Named pre-season first team All-Atlantic 10; One of the top safeties in all of I-AA football; Fierce hitter who plays with great intensity; Possesses outstanding speed and strength.
2003: Earned first team All-Atlantic 10 distinction; Named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team; Started all 11 games and recorded 93 tackles, seven tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, four pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one sack; Registered six tackles in season opener versus Hampton; Tallied four tackles versus Temple; Amassed three solo stops and four assisted tackles at New Hampshire; Credited with seven solo tackles and a sack versus Northeastern; Totaled seven solo stops and a fumble recovery versus James Madison; Recorded nine tackles and two tackles for loss at Rhode Island; Registered seven tackles against UMass; Had nine tackles, a pass break-up and a tackle for loss at Richmond; Returned a fumble 43 yards for a touchdowns and recorded five tackles versus Hofstra; Credited with three assisted stops at Maine; Tallied 13 tackles, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a pass break-up against Delaware.
2002: Finished second on the team with 102 tackles to go with 10 tackles for loss, five pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries; Made two solo tackles at Rutgers; Had three solo stops and one forced fumble at Colgate; Recorded seven sol tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass break-up versus Maine; Tallied five solo tackles versus UNH; Credited with one solo tackle and one assisted stop at JMU; Registered three solo tackles and a pass break-up versus Hofstra; Credited with six solo tackles, two tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups against Penn; Made four unassisted tackles and three assisted stops and a pass break-up versus William & Mary; Recorded six tackles and a tackle for loss at Northeastern; Totaled 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and a tackle for loss versus Rhode Island; Tallied eight tackles and three tackles for loss versus Delaware; Amassed six solo stops versus Furman; Made five tackles against Fordham; Recorded nine solo tackles and one pass break-up versus McNeese State.
2001: Tallied 25 tackles, one pass break-up and one interception; Missed the final five games due to a knee injury suffered against Maine; Recorded three tackles versus Northeastern; Recorded 11 tackles at Richmond; Posted four tackles, one tackle for a loss and one interception against James Madison; Credited with one tackle versus New Haven; Amassed three total stops at Maine.
CHARTIERS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL: Three-time All-Conference performer; 2000 second team All-State; Pittsburgh Post Gazette Fabulous 22; Pittsburgh Tribune Review Terrific 25; National Honor Society; Pittsburgh Tribune Review Scholar Athlete; Career stats includes over 3,000 yards rushing, 36 touchdowns, nine interceptions, over 1,000 yards receiving, 22-of-45 for 322 yards and one touchdown passing, and over 75 tackles averaged per year; Owns three school records in track & field, including long jump (22'6"), triple jump (45'1"), and 100m (10.8).
PERSONAL: Finance major; Oldest of three children of Ray and Denise Ventrone; Sister runs track at the University of Buffalo; Born 10/21/82 in Pittsburgh, Pa.