Pitt Middle Linebacker Caprara Seizes Chance

By DiPAOLA, Jerry | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 8, 2013 | Go to article overview

Pitt Middle Linebacker Caprara Seizes Chance


DiPAOLA, Jerry, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


When Pitt middle linebackers Shane Gordon and Dan Mason look over their shoulders, they may see redshirt freshman Mike Caprara gaining on them. Sometimes Caprara pops up when you least expect him.

Take Woodland Hills summer conditioning in 2008 when coach George Novak noticed several players excitedly huddled around a teammate.

"He was getting them all fired up," Novak said.

Novak assumed a senior was making all the noise. But when he looked closer, it was Caprara, an undersized linebacker only weeks removed from junior high.

"There is this little eighth-grader in the middle leading them," Novak said.

And that's the way it was for the next four seasons at Woodland Hills. Caprara, a four-year starter, helped show the way to 31 victories, two appearances in the WPIAL Class AAAA title game and one championship. As a sophomore, he recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and intercepted a pass late in a 10-0 title-game victory against Gateway at Heinz Field.

By the end of his junior year, he had set the Woodland Hills record for tackles (not bad at place that had eight graduates in the NFL two years ago). He left high school last year with 350 tackles - - and a scholarship to Pitt.

"He was just a natural leader," Novak said.

When spring drills began this week at Pitt, Caprara showed up -- somewhat surprisingly -- in the middle of the first-team defense, with Gordon nursing a neck injury and Mason held out by coach Paul Chryst for off-the-field issues. …

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