Senior who has been exceptional during his career as a deep snapper • walk-on and three-year letterwinner • will serve as deep snapper on punts for fourth straight year and on placements for second straight season in 2015 • has played in 35 career games, all as a deep snapper • has recorded five career tackles on punt coverage • working with All-American Eric Enderson (2013-14) and Rauley Zaragozza (2012), Hens have had just two punts blocked in 163 attempts (1 percent) over three seasons • field position is tight end.
2015 SEASON (GAME BY GAME STATISTICS)
Team's deep snapper on punts for third straight year and on placements for second straight year • teamed with All-American Enderson for a near flawless season as the Hens had just one punt blocked in 55 attempts and ranked No. 1 in the Colonial Athletic Association and No. 7 in the NCAA in net punting (38.5) • worked in tandem with Enderson as holder and kicker Garrett Greenway to make 31 of 33 extra points and 6 of 11 field goals • recorded two tackles on punt coverage (vs. Towson and Rhode Island).
Served as team's deep snapper on punts for the second straight year as a sophomore • backup to Eddie Herr on placements but did not see action • teamed with Enderson to form a near perfect tandem • Delaware ranked No. 2 in the NCAA in net punting (41.47 avg.), Enderson led the CAA and ranked No. 3 in the NCAA in punting average (45.0), the Hens did not have any of their 60 punt attempts blocked, and opponents averaged just 6.1 yards per return • named Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Delaware State • recorded lone tackle of the season vs. Wagner • caught one pass for seven yards in Blue-White Spring Game.
Played a key role on Blue Hen special teams as a true freshman • earned the deep snapping duties in pre-season camp and played in all 11 games • also served as backup short snapper behind Herr • teamed with punter Zaragoza as Delaware averaged 38.8 yards per punt and had just one kick blocked in 49 attempts • recorded tackles on punt coverage vs. Maine and New Hampshire.
Three-sport athlete at Mainland Regional High School where he competed for the football, basketball, and baseball squads • played tight end and quarterback and was a deep snapper in football for head coach Bob Coffey • started in six career games • team captured the state title in 2008 • three-year starter in first base and pitcher in baseball and led team to a 13-5 record his final season • played forward in basketball and led team to a 19-4 record in his only season as a senior • National Honor Society student.
Joseph Anthony "Joe" Fortunato ("for-chuh-nahdo") • born Apr. 7, 1994 • son of Joe and Barbara Fortunato • has one younger brother • sport management and business management major at Delaware • has carried sheetrock as part of father's business during the summer • enjoys fishing and playing basketball in his spare time.
|Year||G/S|| Tackles (Solo)
Tackles: 1 vs. 5 teams