#89 Joe Fortunato
Position: Long Snapper
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 245
Year: Junior
Hometown: Linwood, N.J.
High School: Mainland Regional
Major: Sport Mgmt. & Business
Experience: 2 Letters

Junior who returns for third season as Delaware's deep snapper on punts • also slated to take over snapping chores on placements with graduation of three-year starter Eddie Herr • walk-on who is a two-year letterwinner • has appeared in 23 career games • will team with All-American punter Eric Enderson to form a quality special teams tandem • UD has had just one punt blocked in 109 attempts in two seasons with Fortunato doing the deep snapping •
can also play tight end • has three career tackles on punt coverage.

Served as team's deep snapper on punts for the second straight year as a sophomore • backup to Herr on placements but did not see action • teamed with All-American punter 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 Rauley 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, 1974 • son of Joe and Barbara Fortunato • has one younger brother • sport management and business management major at Delaware • 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)
2013 12/0 1 (1) 0/0
2012 11/0 2 (2) 0/0 0/0 0/0
TOTALS 23/0 3 (3)

Tackles: 1 vs. 3 teams

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