2009 SEASON (SENIOR): Played in all 13 games with nine starts at free safety . . . played in 51 career games with 18 starts . . . had 54 tackles, three pass break-ups and 2.5 tackles for loss in 2009 . . . recipient of MSU's Clarence J. Underwood Jr. Sportsmanship Award . . . graduated in December 2009 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science - human resources . . . recorded five tackles in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech . . . on Senior Day vs. Penn State, had his third career double-figure tackle game with 10 and also tied a career high with two pass break-ups . . . returned to the starting lineup vs. Purdue and collected six tackles . . . saw limited action in the Western Michigan game and a majority of the game at Minnesota due to a head injury . . . tallied seven stops vs. Iowa . . . collected six stops and a pass break-up against Northwestern . . . huge game in victory at Illinois, returning an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to extend MSU's lead to 24-0 . . . also produced a season-high 10 tackles against the Fighting Illini . . . in the win over Michigan, tipped a Tate Forcier pass on third down in overtime that led to an interception in the end zone . . . also had four tackles, including a half tackle for loss, against the Wolverines . . . started the first two games at free safety . . . recorded two tackles each against Wisconsin and Montana State.
2008 SEASON (JUNIOR): Saw action in all 13 games in 2008, including nine starts at free safety . . . moved into the starting lineup when Kendell Davis-Clark suffered a shoulder injury in the season opener . . . finished fourth on the team in tackles with 69 (42 solos, 27 assists) . . . tied for team lead with seven pass break-ups and tied for second on the club with two interceptions . . . selected Spartan Defensive Player of the Week vs. Indiana and Northwestern . . . credited with seven stops and two pass break-ups vs. Purdue . . . produced a career-high 12 tackles vs. Wisconsin . . . registered seven tackles, two pass break-ups and an interception at Northwestern . . . made eight tackles vs. Iowa, including a 2-yard loss . . . his first career interception came in the fourth quarter at Indiana . . . also picked off a pass on a failed two-point conversion attempt by the Hoosiers . . . recorded seven stops and two pass break-ups vs. Notre Dame . . . had four tackles vs. Florida Atlantic and recovered a fumble at the MSU 4-yard line that halted a scoring drive and preserved the shutout . . . recorded six tackles in his first career start vs. Eastern Michigan . . . credited with six stops at California.
2007 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, to earn his second letter . . . recorded a tackle vs. Notre Dame.
2006 SEASON (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in 12 games, primarily on special teams in 2006 . . . ranked No. 11 on special teams with 59 production points . . . credited with seven tackles, including six solo hits . . . made a season-best five stops vs. Northwestern.
2005 SEASON: Redshirted . . . earned Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week honors three times in 2005 (vs. Ohio State, Northwestern and Indiana).
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Received special mention on the 2004 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio Team . . . earned All-Southwest Ohio, All-Dayton and All-Greater Catholic League honors as a senior . . . wishbone quarterback led the Knights to a 9-3 record in 2004, including the school's third-straight GCL title . . . accounted for 3,500 all-purpose yards as a senior . . . rushed for nearly 1,100 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2004 . . . averaged 38.5 yards per punt in 2004 . . . . played wide receiver as a junior and caught eight passes for 520 yards (65.0 avg.) and three TDs . . . had six receptions for 360 yards vs. Licking Valley in the third round of the 2003 playoffs, including a 75- yard TD grab . . . three-year starter on the Alter basketball team . . . son of Rick and Linda Fortener . . . born July 4, 1986 . . . majoring in interdisciplinary studies in social science - human resources.
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