Ken Mastrole

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Ken Mastrole
Date of birth (1977-02-25) February 25, 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Career information
Position(s) Quarterback
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg)
College Maryland (1996–1998)
Rhode Island (1999)
Career history
As coach
2005–2008 Florida Firecats (af2) (OC)
As player
2001 Orlando Predators (AFL)
2002 Chicago Bears (NFL)
2002 Amsterdam Admirals (NFL Europe)
2002 Scottish Claymores (NFL Europe)
2003 Florida Firecats (af2)
2004 Dallas Desperadoes (AFL)
2004 Florida Firecats (af2)
Career highlights and awards

Ken Mastrole (born February 25, 1977) is an American former football player. He played as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL), NFL Europe, and intercollegiate football at the University of Maryland and University of Rhode Island.

Early years[edit]

Mastrole was born on February 25, 1977 and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[1] He attended Cardinal Gibbons High School where he played football.[2] He was highly recruited out of high school, with interest from Duke, Miami, Clemson, and Virginia Tech. He ultimately chose to attend Maryland. His high school coach said that "he liked everything about Maryland—the atmosphere, the school, the curriculum, the football program."[3]

College career[edit]

Mastrole sat out his true freshman year in 1995 on redshirt status.[1] During the following two seasons, he served as the back-up behind starting quarterback Brian Cummings.[4]

In 1996, he saw action in eight games, including three starts.[5] Mastrole was the first redshirt freshman to ever start as a quarterback at Maryland.[5] He recorded a total of 36 completions in 89 attempts for 354 yards and one touchdown.[5] Against Virginia, starting quarterback Brian Cummings separated his right shoulder, and Mastrole relieved him. He recorded nine completions on 15 attempts for 66 yards and two interceptions.[6] Mastrole started against West Virginia in place of an injured Brian Cummings,[7] and became the first quarterback in Maryland history to start as a freshman.[5] The following week, he started against NC State, where he completed 15 of 28 pass attempts for 140 yards and one interception.[7][8] In that game, he completed a career-best 52-yard pass to Geroy Simon in the fourth quarter and then connected with tight end Tim Brown for a two-point conversion.[7] He started against Duke in place of Cummings who had suffered a concussion the previous week. Mastrole completed five of 17 passes for 106 yards including his career first touchdown pass,[9] but suffered a fractured right clavicle which ended his season.[10]

In 1997, he saw action in seven games as a backup and threw 19 passes.[5] Against Florida State, he saw action in the Terrapins' last two series, where he completed one pass for nine yards and made two rushing attempts.[10] Against Virginia, he completed three of 11 pass attempts for 47 yards.[11]

In 1998, Mastrole shared playing time with Randall Jones. Mastrole started against West Virginia, but was held to three completions on nine passes for 27 yards, before being replaced by Jones in the third quarter.[12] In the fourth game of the season, against Temple, Mastrole completed a 39-yard pass for his first touchdown since the 1996 season.[13]

After Maryland head coach Ron Vanderlinden changed the offensive scheme to the option, Mastrole, a drop-back passer,[14] decided to transfer. For his senior season in 1999, he transferred to the University of Rhode Island, which employed a three-receiver offense.[15][16] There, he completed 202 passes on 374 attempts for 2,113 yards, ten interceptions, and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for a net gain of 90 yards.[17] Rhode Island compiled a 1–10 record that season.[18]

Professional career[edit]

In 2001, Mastrole auditioned for the Carolina Panthers, who needed a quarterback to replace injured Chris Weinke.[19] He played for the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League.[20] Mastrole was allocated by the Chicago Bears to the Amsterdam Admirals in the NFL Europe. He was cut on March 31, 2002. On May 3, he was signed by the Scottish Claymores as a reserve behind starter Scott Dreisbach and backup James Brown. On May 16, he was activated from the Amsterdam practice squad to serve as the second-string quarterback, and saw action against Barcelona.[21][22] With Amsterdam, Mastrole completed 12 of 28 passes for 147 yards, two interceptions, and one touchdown.[23] In 2002, he competed for the Chicago Bears third-string quarterback position. In the preseason game against St. Louis Rams, Mastrole led an 81-yard drive for the game-winning touchdown.[24][25] He lost out to Henry Burris.[26]

In 2003, with the Florida Firecats in the af2, he threw for 2,284 yards and 55 touchdowns in 11 games.[27] He then rejoined the AFL, where he served as a back-up for the Dallas Desperadoes before requesting his release to return to the Firecats.[28] During the 2004 season, he recorded 59 completions on 94 attempts for 733 yards, four interceptions, and 15 touchdowns. He led Florida to the ArenaCup, where they defeated the Peoria Pirates, 39–26.[29][30]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2005, Mastrole became the Florida Firecats offensive coordinator and served in that role through the 2008 season.[31][32][33] Over those four years, he directed the league's number-one scoring offense, the number-one rated quarterback, and three 1,000-yard wide receivers.[34]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Florida with his wife, Kim, and stepson, Dylan. Mastrole now runs his own football training camp in Florida, the Mastrole Passing Academy.[34]


  1. ^ a b 1997 University of Maryland Football Season Preview, University of Maryland, College Park, July 10, 1997.
  2. ^ Mastrole throws four TD passes, The Miami Herald, October 23, 1994.
  3. ^ Maryland lands Gibbons' Mastrole, The Miami Herald, December 14, 1994.
  4. ^ Maryland - Florida State Depth Chart, University of Maryland, retrieved May 7, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d e Maryland Football 1998 Outlook, University of Maryland, August 13, 1998.
  6. ^ Virginia Grinds Out 21-3 Victory Over Terps, University of Maryland, September 14, 1996.
  7. ^ a b c Previewing The North Carolina Game, University of Maryland, October 12, 1996.
  8. ^ Wolfpack Downs Terps, 34-8, University of Maryland, October 5, 1996.
  9. ^ Final Facts From The Field, University of Maryland, October 26, 1996.
  10. ^ a b Terps Play Host to No. 7 North Carolina; Continue Acc Slate, University of Maryland, September 15, 1997.
  11. ^ ACC Rookie-of-the-Year Candidate Jordan Nears Maryland Freshman Rushing Record; Continues to Pile Up Offensive Numbers, University of Maryland, November 5, 1997.
  12. ^ Mountaineers' offense too much for Terps, University of Maryland, September 19, 1998.
  13. ^ Football Tops Temple, 30-20, University of Maryland, September 26, 1998.
  14. ^ Football Gets Much Needed Week Off, University of Maryland, October 19, 1998.
  15. ^ Football Heads to New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, September 5, 2000.
  16. ^ Rams Seniors Await Final Buzzer, University of Rhode Island, 1999, retrieved May 7, 2009.
  17. ^ 1999 Cumulative Season Statistics, University of Rhode Island, 1999.
  18. ^ Tim Stowers named new football coach, University of Rhode Island, April 2000.
  19. ^ Panthers desperate for QB, CBC Sports, November 5, 2001.
  20. ^ Rams in the Pros (PDF), University of Rhode Island, 2005.
  21. ^ 2002 NFLE transactions.
  22. ^ NFL Europe Allocated Players Update.
  23. ^ Ken Mastrole Career Statistics, Football Database, retrieved May 7, 2009.
  24. ^ Ken Mastrole earns kudos in Bears' win, The Chicago Tribune, August 17, 2002.
  25. ^ Chicago vs. St Louis, USA Today, August 16, 2002.
  26. ^ Burris No. 3 QB; Mastrole is gone, Chicago Tribune, September 1, 2002.
  27. ^ Florida Firecats game notes, Out Sports Central, April 27, 2004.
  28. ^ Firecats vets relish last game together, Naples Daily News, August 25, 2004.
  29. ^ Firecats re-sign QB Mastrole, Naples Daily News, March 17, 2004.
  30. ^ 2004 ArenaCup game preview, Our Sports Central, August 26, 2004.
  31. ^ Firecats invite back coaches Mastrole, Hall, Naples Daily News, September 24, 2005.
  32. ^ Midgett waiting for his chance, The Sun Herald, May 30, 2006.
  33. ^ Firecats show their depth at wide receiver in second scrimmage, Naples Daily News, March 12, 2009.
  34. ^ a b About us, Mastrole Passing, retrieved May 7, 2009.

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