|2009 (JUNIOR): Appeared in nine games primarily as part of the special teams units, registering two tackles ... had a solo tackle against Marshall ... started the year as the Miners' long snapper before filling a reserve role.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 11 games mainly on special teams duty, where he recorded one solo tackle (versus Texas) ... also served as a reserve tight end and the Miners' backup kick snapper.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Did not see action.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Played tight end and defensive end at Americas High School in El Paso ... first team All-District defensive end and second team All-Region as a senior, when he was also chosen the outstanding defensive end in the El Paso County High School All-Star Game ... first team All-City defensive end and second team All-District tight end as a junior ... sophomore honors included first team All-District defensive end and second team All-District tight end ... led Americas High with six sacks as a junior, and led the city with 11 sacks as a senior ... made four catches for 112 yards as a senior ... four-year varsity letterwinner for coach Jack Murphy.
PERSONAL: Parents are Serge and Mary Amato ... has two brothers ... brother Brandon played football at Texas A&M Kingsville in 2002 and 2003 ... full name is Geoffrey Martin Amato ... he is left-handed ... born 10/14/87 (El Paso, Texas) ... Criminal Justice major.