Q&A with Utah State safeties coach Mike Caputo

Safeties coach Mike Caputo
Wade Denniston, USU Athletic Media Relations

LOGAN – Mike Caputo was coached by a very familiar face during his last two seasons at Wisconsin. That man was Gary Andersen, and what Andersen got out of Caputo was an All-American safety as well as two bowl victories (2015 Outback Bowl, 2015 Holiday Bowl).

A consensus second-team all-Big Ten safety honoree as both a junior and a senior, Caputo was officially announced as the Aggies’ safeties coach on Dec. 18. Prior to his appointment with the Aggies, Caputo was a defensive graduate assistant for two years at LSU, helping the Tigers to a combined 18-7 record, including a 11-5 mark in the Southeastern Conference, and back-to-back New Year’s Bowl games.

Following one of the team’s practices last week, we caught up with Caputo for a Q&A.

Q: Talk about your first few months on the job as a first-time full-time assistant coach and being a part of Coach Andersen’s staff?

Caputo****: “I love it. I love working for Coach Andersen and I love the guys he hired on staff. Most importantly, I really love the players and people here. There’s a certain culture at Utah State that attracts people to want to work and be around here. It’s a very positive culture.”

Q: Talk about your relationship with Coach Andersen and what is was like playing for him at Wisconsin?

Caputo****: “Coach Andersen and I go back to 2013. The first real connection I had with him was when I wasn’t even on the depth chart, playing at Wisconsin, because I had neck surgery in February, 2013. I went into his office, sat down in front of him and I told him, ‘I came here to play and I wanted to work.’ From that point on, we developed a relationship that led me to where we are now. There’s mutual respect between us and I love working for him.”

Q: You worked for a former Utah State defensive coordinator at LSU in Dave Aranda. Talk about that relationship and what he shared with you about Utah State.

Caputo****: “Coach Aranda took me under his wing. He taught me a lot …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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