LANCASTER, PA - Tailback Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock), has been named the 2004 Franklin & Marshall College Football Most Valuable Player.
A 2004 All-Centennial Conference second team selection, he carried 236 times for 934 net yards with seven touchdown, caught 16 passes for 252 yards with four touchdowns and returned six punts for 60 yards in 10 games. In addition, he passed once for 11 yards and a touchdown as he hit wide receiver Derek Boyce (Jr., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) with a strike for the winning touchdown in a 35-14 win at Sponaugle-Williamson Field versus Hobart College.
Historically, he combined with quarterbacks Jeff Harner (So., Mohrsville, PA/Schuylkill Valley), Doug Hiltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) and Kyle Turner (So., Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield) and place-kicker/punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) to complete 155 of 312 passes for 21 touchdowns and 2,342 yards as F&M reset the program single season record for passing offense previously held by the 1995 team (2,189 yards).
Stephen's best game of the season came on November 20 as he carried 32 times for 125 yards with a touchdown, returned a punt for 28 yards and caught a team high three passes for 72 yards with a touchdown to earn Most Valuable Player honors as Franklin & Marshall defeated Moravian to win the 2004 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southwest Bowl at Sponaugle-Williamson Field.
He caught a 16-yard pass from quarterback Doug Hiltner (Sr., Margate, NJ/Atlantic City) with nine seconds remaining in the second quarter for a 23-7 halftime lead and added a 30 yard rush for a touchdown with 4:05 left in the third quarter as the Diplomats claimed the third ECAC Championship in program history.
In the season opener on September 4, Stephen scored three touchdowns and registered 153-yards of total offense as defeated Bethany College (WV) 35-7 to earn the September 5 Centennial Conference Player of the Week award and a spot on the D3Football.com Team of the Week.
The game marked the second straight season opener Stephen finished with three touchdowns, as he totaled 138-yards of total offense in a 30-6 victory over the Oberlin College Yeomen in Lancaster in 2003.
Overall, Stephen gained 149 yards on 28 carries, including one and 25 yard touchdown runs, and reeled in a four yard pass from quarterback Hiltner to highlight a team performance in which the Diplomats offense racked up 370 net yards on 68 plays.
Stephen's senior season was also memorable as he moved into second place in single season rushes (236) and raised his career numbers to 15 touchdowns on 651 carries for 2,356 yards as he ranks second in both categories in the history of Franklin & Marshall College and is only the second player to reach 2,000 rushing yards.
In addition, Stephen caught 43 passes for 458 yards with seven touchdowns and completed 25-of-76 passing attempts for 299 yards with four touchdowns as he amassed 3,113 yards of total offense in his career.
On special teams, he returned 19 punts for 140 yards and ran back a kickoff for 13 yards.
The team's starting quarterback as a freshman in 2001, Stephen's career highlights a dramatic five year comeback by the Diplomats as F&M finished 0-10 in 2000, 1-9 in 2001, 4-6 in 2002, 4-6 in 2003 and 8-3 in 2004.
The 2004 Centennial Conference co-champions with Muhlenberg, McDaniel, Johns Hopkins and Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall (8-3, 4-2 Centennial Conference) finished with eight wins in a season for the first time since 1996 (9-2), won their first Centennial Conference title since 1995 (7-3) and advanced to the postseason for the first time since 1996.