At Michigan ... four-year letterman ... played in 43 career games ... started five contests at left guard and one game at right guard ... two-time Academic All-Big Ten (2008-09) ... moved to defensive tackle from offensive line during 2008 fall camp ... switched to jersey #74 from #94 after shifting positions ... special teams contributor.
Fifth-Year Senior (2010) ... earned fourth varsity letter ... Academic All-Big Ten ... appeared in six games ... saw game action on field goal/PAT protection units vs. Connecticut (Sept. 4) ...missed the next four games against Notre Dame (Sept. 11), Massachusetts (Sept. 18), Bowling Green (Sept. 25) and Indiana (Oct. 2) due to a hand injury ... returned to action vs. Michigan State (Oct. 9), appearing on special teams units ... selected as a game captain vs. Iowa (Oct. 16), contributing on field goal/PAT protection units ... appeared on the field goal/PAT protection units agaisnt Penn State (Oct. 30), Illinois (Nov. 6) and Purdue (Nov. 13) ... missed the Wisconsin (Nov. 20), Ohio State (Nov. 27) and Mississippi State (Jan. 1) games due to injury.
Senior/Junior (2009) ... earned third varsity letter ... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... appeared in all 12 games and made one start at right guard ... played at left tackle and on special teams vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5) ... contributed on special teams vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 12) ... made first start at right guard and sixth career start overall vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19) ... saw action on special teams vs. Indiana (Sept. 26) ... played right guard and special teams at Michigan State (Oct. 3) ... contributed on special teams at Iowa (Oct. 10) ... saw action at right guard and on special teams vs. Delaware State (Oct. 17) ... participated on special teams against Penn State (Oct. 24) and at Illinois (Oct. 31) ... contributed on special teams vs. Purdue (Nov. 7), at Wisconsin (Nov. 14) and vs. Ohio State (Nov. 21).
Junior/Sophomore (2008) ... earned second varsity letter ... Academic All-Big Ten Conference ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... played in all 12 games ... started at left guard in five contests ... contributed on field goal/PAT protection units vs. Utah (Aug. 30), Miami (Sept. 6) and at Notre Dame (Sept. 13) ... earned first career start vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 27), receiving the nod at left guard ... participated on field goal protection unit vs. Illinois (Oct. 4), Toledo (Oct. 11), Penn State (Oct. 18) and Michigan State (Oct. 25) ... started at left guard in road trips at Purdue (Nov. 1) and Minnesota (Nov. 8) ... opened game and played every snap at left guard vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... starting left guard at Ohio State (Nov. 22).
Sophomore/Freshman (2007) ... earned first varsity letter ... played in all 13 games, appearing in 12 contests at defensive tackle ... registered two tackles and one tackle for loss ... made career debut as reserve defensive tackle vs. Appalachian State (Sept. 1) ... tallied two stops and one TFL against Oregon (Sept. 8) ... backup defensive tackle vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 15) and Penn State (Sept. 22) ... made first career road appearance as backup defensive tackle at Northwestern (Sept. 29) ... played as reserve defensive tackle against Eastern Michigan (Oct. 6), Purdue (Oct. 13), Illinois (Oct. 20), Minnesota (Oct. 27), Michigan State (Nov. 3), Wisconsin (Nov. 10) and Ohio State (Nov. 17) ... played on punt return team vs. Florida in the Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1).
Freshman (2006) ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... did not see game action.
Prep ... attended Monsignor Farrell High School (2006) coached by Ben Sarullo ... National Honor Society member ... three-year varsity starter and letterman ... received the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc. and Madison Square Garden Scholar Athlete Award in 2006 ... Key Statistics ... collected 173 tackles, including 28 sacks, during junior and senior campaigns ... broke up 22 passes, recovered five fumbles, and grabbed one career interception during his time at Monsignor Farrell ... blocked two extra points during senior season ... Honors and Rankings ... named all-borough and all-league senior season ... three-star prospect and the No. 3 strong side defensive end prospect nationally according to Rivals.com ... selected as the seventh-best player in the state of New York by Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 46 defensive end prospect by Rivals.com ... named New York Daily News High School Athlete of the Week for Jan. 16, 2006 ... The National Football Foundation & MSG 2005 All-Metro first team ... Staten Island Advance 2005 All-Star ... New York Daily News 2005 first-team all-city and first-team all-borough ... The National Football Foundation & MSG All-Metro second team for 2004 ... Staten Island Advance All-Star junior season ... New York Newsday 2004 All-City first team ... New York Daily News first team all-borough, second team all-city following junior campaign ... Other Sports ... participated in baseball for three years ... competed in basketball for two seasons.
Personal ... John Christopher Ferrara was born January 7, 1988, in Staten Island, N.Y. ... religious education instructor to second-graders at St. Patrick's School ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts ... sociology major.