LANCASTER, PA - Linebacker Chris Stepien (Jr., Fairfield, NJ/West Essex) has been named the 2004 Franklin & Marshall College Football Al Brooks Defensive Award recipient.
The team's seventh leading tackler, he compiled 54 tackles (27 solo, 27 assisted), including nine tackles-for-loss of 31 yards and 0.5 sacks for nine yards, with two passes defended, one fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
For his career, he has 71 tackles with nine tackles-for-loss of 31 yards and 0.5 sacks for nine yards, with four passes defended, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and a blocked kick in 27 games.
Named in honor of longtime defensive coordinator Al Brooks who retired in 2002, the award is presented to a defensive player who excelled on the field.
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 as the Diplomats won the 2004 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southwest Bowl.