2006 All-American at punter...named All-American by the Associate Press and Football Gazette...also named an ECAC All-Star...named First Team All-Patriot League...named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week once in 2006...led the Patriot League and was third in the NCAA I FCS (formerly I-AA) in punting average in 2006...recorded the second best single season punting average in Fordham history...boomed a 77-yard punt in the 2007 Spring Game...handled the kickoff and long field goal chores in 2004 and 2005...provides the Rams with deep kickoffs...booted his first collegiate field goal in 2005.
2006: Named Third Team All-American by the Associated Press...also named Honorable Mention All-American by The Football Gazette...First Team All-Patriot League selection...started all eleven games as the punter...also handled kickoff duties...punted 58 times for 2,587 yards, an average of 44.6 yards/punt...led Patriot League and was third in the NCAA I FCS (formerly the NCAA I-AA) in punting average...the 44.6 average was the second best single season mark in Fordham history (former All-American Barry Cantrell averaged 45.8 yards/punt in 1997)...long punt covered 66 yards in the Columbia game with four of his kicks traveling more than 60 yards on the year...did not have a punt blocked in 2006 while placing four inside the 20....named Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week in week nine after punting eight times for 396 yards, averaging 49.5 yards/punt, against Colgate...averaged 51.0 yards/punt on five punts, including a long punt of 61 yards, with four punts of more than 50 yards in the Lehigh game...punted four times for a 50.8 yards/punt average against Columbia with two punts of more than 50 yards.
2005: Appeared in all eleven games as a sophomore, taking care of kickoffs and long field goals...converted his only field goal attempt of the year, a 44-yarder against Lehigh, his first collegiate three-pointer...the 44-yard field goal was the longest for a Fordham kicker since Brian Colsant connected on a 44-yarder against Brown in 2000...averaged 52.1 yards/kickoff.
2004: Appeared in all 11 games as a freshman, handling the kickoff job...also attempted one field goal, a 49-yarder in the Lafayette game that was short.
Before Fordham: A graduate of Wyomissing Area High School in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania...lettered with the football, soccer and track and field programs...named to the First Team All-Pennsylvania Class AA football team as a punter...also named to the Intra County First Team Offense as a placekicker and to the Intra County First Team Defense as a punter...set school record with a 53-yard field goal...earned First Team All-County honors as a sweeper with the soccer squad...served as soccer team captain...earned 2003 All-State honors on the track as a member of the 4x800 relay (8:03)...received the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence.
Personal: Son of Darnal and Robert Dato...majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Communications.