Castonzo in 2016
|No. 74 Indianapolis Colts|
|Date of birth:||August 9, 1988|
|Place of birth:||Des Plaines, Illinois|
|Height:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight:||311 lb (141 kg)|
|High school:||Lake Zurich (IL)|
|NFL Draft:||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2016|
Anthony Salvatore Castonzo (born August 9, 1988) is an American football offensive tackle with the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). After a college career at Boston College, Castonzo was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with their first round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
High school career
Castonzo attended Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, where he was a two-way tackle for the Blue Devils and also saw action at the tight end spot, playing for Coach John Shuman. He previously attended Lake Zurich High School in Lake Zurich, Illinois.
Considered a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Castonzo ranked No. 44 among prep school prospects in 2007. He did not have any major scholarship offers when he finished high school.
Becoming the first true freshman to start on the Boston College offensive line since Paul Zukauskas in 1998, Castonzo helped hold opponents to only 61 tackles-for-loss (fifth in the nation) and 22 quarterback sacks in 2007. By protecting quarterback Matt Ryan at right tackle, he helped pave the way for the Eagles' 5,924 yards in total offense. Castonzo subsequently received All-ACC Freshman honors by The Sporting News and Freshman All-American honors by the Football Writers Association of America.
Prior to his sophomore season, Castonzo made the move from right tackle to left tackle where he started all 14 games in 2008. Boston College ranked 25th in the country in tackles for a loss allowed (4.77) and 49th in sacks allowed (1.69). Castonzo earned a College Football News All-Sophomore First Team selection.
In 2009, Castonzo was listed at No. 9 on Rivals.com′s preseason offensive tackle power ranking. Following a productive junior season, Castonzo was selected 2009 First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference as voted on by the 40 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He set the record for career starts with 54 straight at Boston College and was a Rhodes Scholar nominee in 2010.
Castonzo became the Colts starting left offensive tackle for the 2011 season. He started 12 games during his rookie season and the Colts finished 2-14 without longtime starting quarterback Peyton Manning. On April 28, 2014, the Colts picked up the fifth-year, $7.438 million option in his rookie contract. In week 11 of the 2014 season, Castonzo recorded his first career reception and touchdown, catching a 1-yard TD pass from Andrew Luck. He played 1,115 snaps during the 2014 season, the most of any offensive lineman in the NFL.
- Prep School Top 50 2007, Rivals.com, January 31, 2007
- "Carimi, OL prospects ready for NFL combine tests". Boston.com. February 24, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
- AON Insurance/FWAA Freshman All-America Team 2007, FWAA, January 7, 2008
- Cirminiello, Richard (December 11, 2008), "2008 CFN All-Sophomore Team", College Football News
- Buchanan, Olin; Dienhart, Tom; Fox, David; Huguenin, Mike; Megargee, Steve (August 22, 2009), "Preseason offensive tackle power rankings", Rivals.com
- Wells, Mike (April 28, 2014). "Colts exercise Castonzo's option". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-08-08.
- Bowen, Kevin (February 11, 2015). "Anthony Castonzo Plays The Most Snaps Of Any NFL Offensive Lineman". colts.com. Retrieved February 11, 2015.