Honors: 2009 - Named a candidate for the Ray Guy Award in October ... Earned the Dr. Sidney McPhee senior academic award at the conclusion of spring drills ... 2008 - Voted the most improved specialist in strength and conditioning during the spring ... Earned Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors after Maryland win ... 2007 - Named All-Sun Belt by Phil Steele Magazine.
2009: Was the team's primary punter and kickoff specialist for all 13 games ... Had eight winning grades from the coaching staff ... Registered a 38.7-yard average on 81 punts and placed 22 inside the opponents 20-yard line to give him 63 for his career ... Averaged 61.2 yards on 63 kickoffs and recorded five touchbacks ... Had seven punts go 50 or more yards ... Matched his career-best by placing five punts inside the 20-yard line in win over Maryland ... Had a personal-best 10 punts against North Texas for a 41.2-yard average ... Punted 11 times at Troy and placed five inside the 20-yard line ... Had a 41.2-yard average on four punts at FAU ... Averaged 41.0 yards a punt on five attempts against FIU, including a 54 yarder ... Put four of his five punts against Louisiana inside the 20-yard line ... Averaged 41.7 yards on three punts at ULM.
2008: Served as the team's punter in all 12 games ... Had a 40.9-yard average on 62 punts and placed 13 inside the 20-yard line ... Also had nine punts to go more than 50 yards ... Had three winning grades from the coaches ... Averaged 40.2 yards a punt against Troy and had a long of 52 yards ... Had a 42.0-yard average on four punts against Maryland while also completing a 28-yard pass on a fake punt to Alvin Ingle ... Punted four times for a 45.2-yard average and placed one inside the 20-yard line against Arkansas State ... Had two punts downed inside the 20-yard line in win over FAU ... Placed four punts inside the 20-yard line against Louisville ... Had a season-best 47.2-yard average on four punts against ULM to go along with a 64-yard boot ... Turned in a 46.7-yard average at WKU while booming a career long 71-yard punt that tied for the fourth longest in school history.
2007: Started all 12 games as punter and the last four games as the placekicker ... Averaged 40.9 yards per punt and led the Sun Belt Conference with 28 punts placed inside the opponent's 20-yard line ... Connected on 4 of 6 field goals including his last three in a row ... Earned the starting job at punter and had eight attempts for an average of 36.0 per kick and put two inside the 20-yard line ... Punted just twice at Louisville for a 39.0 average and one went inside the 20-yard line ... Recorded a 52-yard punt at LSU ... Hit a 56-yard punt in win over FIU ... Enjoyed a great game against Virginia by placing five of his eight punts inside the UVA 20-yard line to go along with a 40.0-yard average ... Put two of his four punts inside the 15-yard line against Memphis ... Placed three of his four punts inside the 15-yard line against Arkansas State ... Averaged a career-best 47.2 yards on eight punts and placed four inside the 15-yard line including three at the 1-yard line against North Texas to set up two safeties ... Also hit a 39-yard field goal versus the Mean Green ... Had a 41.5-yard average on four punts against ULM while also adding a career long 47-yard field goal ... Registered the third-best single-game punting average when he boomed seven attempts for a 53.0-yard average against ULL ... He also had three of his seven attempts downed inside the 20-yard line ... Connected with a career-best 70-yard punt at Troy.
2006: Transferred to Middle Tennessee.
2005: Made 1 of 3 field goal attempts as a freshman at Marshall University while connecting on 2 of 3 extra points ... Attempted one kickoff.
High School: Averaged 42.3 yards per punt during his prep career at Franklin High School under Coach Kurt Jones ... Was all-Midstate in 2003 and 2004 ... Helped Franklin to its first-ever state championship his senior year ... A four-year letterwinner in football and soccer.
Full Name: David Robert DeFatta ... Parents: Joe and Jodi DeFatta ... Born: 2/8/87 ... Major: Construction Management.