In the thick of Fight On State's Linebacker Tournament, we caught up with Mark D'Onofrio, who is currently battling Shane Conlan to advance. Hear what D'Onofrio had to say about Penn State, coaching and more.
One of the tough, no nonsense backers who carried on the "Linebacker U." tradition, D'Onofrio lent a mean streak to the defenses of the early 1990s. He hit so hard that as a junior in 1990, he forced a school-record five fumbles. He also had 11 sacks as a sophomore.
His 10 tackles for Penn State in a season-opening win over Georgia Tech in 1991 helped him earn a spot on the Kickoff Classic All-Decade Team. D'Onofrio seemed certain to win All-America honors as a senior in 1991, but a midseason shoulder injury in a win over BYU forced him to miss the last six games of the year.
A second-round draft pick of Green Bay in 1992, D'Onofrio spent two years in the NFL before retiring due to injury. He is now an assistant football coach at Temple.
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