Tusculum University placekicker Joe Defatta has been named the Applebee's Male Student-Athlete of the Month for September.

Defatta, a senior from Franklin, Tennessee, leads the TU football team in scoring with his 31 points. He has connected on all 13 of his extra point attempts and is 6-of-8 in field goals with a long of 40 yards.  He has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on two occasions and currently leads the league in field goals per game averaging 2.0 per contest which is ninth in the country.

In Tusculum's 61-14 road win at Shorter University, Defatta scored 11 points going 8-for-8 on extra points and also kicked a 28-yard field goal.  His 11 kicking points are ranked 10th in a TU single-game. He surpassed that with his 13-point effort in a 37-10 win over Limestone College in the league opener.  He made three fields covering 26, 31 and 27 yards and was perfect (4-for-4) on extra points.  The 13 points are fourth in the TU record book.


The Tusculum Student-Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Greeneville.  The Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month Award honors one male and one female student-athlete each month from an in-season sport during the 2018-2019 academic year, recognizing their hard work, effort and performance.