This Mandeville native returned to join his hometown team and made solid contributions on both defense and special teams when he was acquired off of waivers from the Minnesota Vikings at the conclusion of the 2015 preseason. The son of former Saints wideout and special teams ace Rich Mauti, Michael Mauti appeared in 39 games with two starts in three NFL seasons and has tallied 28 tackles (20 solo), 29 special teams stops and one blocked punt he recovered for a touchdown.
NFL CAREER – This Mandeville native returned to join his hometown team and made solid contributions on both defense and special teams when he was acquired off of waivers from the Minnesota Vikings at the conclusion of the 2015 preseason. The son of former Saints wideout and special teams ace Rich Mauti, Michael Mauti appeared in 39 games with two starts in three NFL seasons and has tallied 28 tackles (20 solo), 29 special teams stops and one blocked punt he recovered for a touchdown.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Claimed by New Orleans Saints off of waivers from the Minnesota Vikings, 9/6/15; Waived by Minnesota, 9/5/15; Placed on injured reserve by Minnesota, 12/10/14; Signed a four-year contract with the Vikings, 5/14/13; Selected by Minnesota in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft (213th overall).
2015 – After being acquired off of waivers from Minnesota at the conclusion of the preseason, Mauti saw significant action in the club’s linebacker rotation and also played an integral role in the special teams units. He played in all 16 contests with two starts and recording a career-high 26 tackles (19 solo), a team-high 12 special teams stops and blocking a punt and recovering it for a touchdown…Recorded two special teams tackles in his Saints home debut vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 20…Vs. Atlanta, Oct. 15, blocked a punt midway through the first quarter and returned it for a touchdown to put the Saints up 14-0. It was his first career blocked punt, as well as his first career touchdown. Michael and his father, Rich, became the only Saints father-son combination to score touchdowns in Black and Gold. Also added two special teams tackles…Saw action on both defense and on special teams vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1 and made four tackles (two solo) and one special teams stop…Made first career start and also saw action on special teams vs. Tennessee, Nov. 8 and made a career-high eight tackles (career-best six solo) and one special teams stop…Started at SLB and saw action on special teams at Washington, Nov. 15 finished with four tackles (three solo)…Saw action on defense and on special teams at Houston, Nov. 29 and tied a career-high with eight tackles (six solo)…Saw action on defense and special teams vs. Carolina, Dec. 6 and made one solo tackle and one coverage stop…At Tampa Bay, Dec. 13, played on both defense and special teams and posted one coverage stop…Vs. Detroit, Dec. 21, saw action on defense and on special teams and made one solo tackle and a team-high two coverage stops. 2014 – Inactive for the first two games of the season before playing the next eight contests. Finished the season with 4 special teams tackles (three solo)...Delivered a highlight-reel hit on a punt return on Tampa Bay’s Trindon Holliday late in the fourth quarter, Oct. 26, swinging momentum back in Minnesota’s favor, helping the Vikings earn a 19-13 overtime victory...Placed on season-ending injured reserve, Dec. 10 (knee). 2013 – Made his NFL debut vs. Cleveland, Sept. 22, and was credited with one special teams tackle...Tallied two special teams tackles at Wembley Stadium vs. the Steelers, Sept. 29...Recorded two special teams stops five times during the season...Credited with two defensive tackles at Seattle, Nov. 17, his first defensive stats in the NFL...Finished tied for third on the team with 13 total special teams tackles. Appeared in 14 games.
COLLEGE – Started 22 of the 39 games he played at Penn State... Part of 8-4 PSU team in 2012 that was not eligible for bowl game...Capped college career by being honored with Big Ten’s Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year award as a senior, the Nittany Lions’ 2012 Outstanding Senior Player Award, serving as co-captain and earned first-Team All-Big Ten honors from both coaches and media, leading the conference with 125 interception return yards and ranking second on team with 95 tackles...Started all four games he played as a junior in 2011...Granted medical redshirt in 2009...Saw action in 13 games as a true freshman in 2008.
PERSONAL – Standout at Mandeville (La.) HS and ended career ranked as the nation’s #3 MLB prospect by ESPN and ranked #58 overall on the ESPN Top 150...Played in US Army All-American Bowl after high school...Earned Louisiana All-Class 5A honors as senior...Father, Rich, played in the NFL from 1977-84, playing as a wide receiver and special teams contributor in his first seven seasons in New Orleans.
Michael Mauti speaks to the media about Colitis, healing, and returning in the fall. (New Orleans Saints Video)
As part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant program, Saints linebacker Michael Mauti visited students at Garyville Magnet School on Oct. 25 (New Orleans Saints)
Saints linebacker Michael Mauti met with media Thursday, Sept. 22 and talked about being at the Superdome reopening game 10 years ago (New Orleans Saints Video)
Saints linebacker Michael Mauti met with media Monday, Sept. 19 and talked about his performance during yesterday's game vs the New York Giants (New Orleans Saints Video)