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89 Joe Fortunato

AT DELAWARE
Former walk-on who became a four-year letterwinner • was exceptional during his career as a deep snapper • served as team's deep snapper on punts all four years and as short snapper on placements his final two seasons • never missed a game during his career and played in team-leading 46 contests • Delaware had just two punts blocked in 224 attempts during his career and the Hens led the CAA in net punting in both 2013 and 2014 and ranked among the top 10 in the NCAA both years • during his two years as long snapper on placements, Delaware was 47 of 50 on PATs and 16 of 27 on field goals • recorded five career tackles on special teams • came to Delaware as a tight end. 

2015 SEASON (GAME BY GAME STATISTICS)
Team's deep snapper on punts for fourth straight year and on placements for second straight year • played in all 11 games and was nearly flawless working with All-American punter/holder Eric Enderson and kicker Frank Raggo • Delaware did not have a punt blocked in 61 attempts and had just one kick blocked in 33 attempts (PAT and FG) • earned the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Outstanding Senior on Special Teams award. 

2014 SEASON
Team's deep snapper on punts for third straight year and first year on placements • 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). 

2013 SEASON
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.

2012 SEASON
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.

HIGH SCHOOL
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.

PERSONAL
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. 

CAREER STATISTICS

Year G/S Tackles (Solo)
Sacks/TFL
FR/FF
Int./PD
2015 11/0 0 (0) 0/0  0/0 0/0
2014 12/0 2(2) 0/0 0/0 0/0
2013 12/0 1 (1) 0/0
0/0
0/0
2012 11/0 2 (2) 0/0 0/0 0/0
TOTALS 46/0 5 (5)
0/0
0/0
0/0

CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 1 vs. 5 teams

Position: Long Snapper
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 240
Year: Senior
Hometown: Linwood, N.J.
High School: Mainland Regional
Major: Sport Management & Management
Experience: 3 Letters
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