Stephen, Capone & White Named 2004 Football Team Captains

LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College head football coach Shawn Halloran has announced tailback Scott Stephen (Jr., Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock), linebacker/defensive lineman Matt Capone (Jr., Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale) and linebacker Chris White (Sr., Vestal, NY/Vestal) were elected to serve as football team captains for the 2004 season.

They will lead a Diplomats' squad which finished the year 4-6 overall, 3-3 in the Centennial Conference.

A 2003 All-Centennial Conference honorable mention selection, White tallied 48 tackles and ranked eighth in the Conference in tackles-for-loss with 11.5 for 74 yards last year.

He finished sixth on the team in tackles with 48, including one sack for loss of 10 yards. Further, he recorded an interception and notched four passes defended.

An All-Conference second team selection on the defensive line last year, Capone earned his second All-Conference as he finished second on the team in tackles and tackles for loss with 80 and 11 for loss of 35 yards, to raise his career total to 151 tackles, 7.5 sacks for loss of 37 yards and 21 tackles for loss of 70 yards with two passes defended.

A 2003 first team All-Conference selection and a 2004 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America selection in men's lacrosse, he established the NCAA record holder in all divisions (I, II and III) in face-off winning percentage. Against Gettysburg, he won 26-of-31 face-offs and collected 18 ground balls as the Diplomats downed the then defending national runner-ups, 15-12.

On offense, Stephen finished second in scoring with 54 points off nine touchdowns, while placing fifth in receiving with 17 catches for 160 yards with three touchdowns, an average of 16.0 yards per game.

Further, he completed three-of-four passes for 45 yards with three touchdowns, while leading the team in rushing with 190 attempts for 676 net yards and six touchdowns.

He finished second in all-purpose yards with 676 rushing, 160 receiving and 68 off punt returns for 904 total yards, 82 less than 2003 All-America wide receiver Justin Salton '03. In addition, he finished third in total offense with 721 yards.

Against Gettysburg College in the season finale, he rushed 28 times for 141 yards and tossed two touchdowns to account for the Diplomats' scoring as Franklin & Marshall recorded a 14-13 victory at home on Williamson Field.

Trailing 3-0 in the opening minutes of the second quarter, Stephen completed a one-yard pass to Salton on fourth-and-goal to put the Diplomats in front 7-3 with 13:06 left in the first half. He completed his second pass of the game with 10:36 left in the fourth quarter as he found tightend Dan Houseman in the right corner of the endzone for a two-yard TD reception for all the Diplomats needed to record the win and even the series record at 41-41-7.

The victory marked the Diplomats second straight over the Bullets following a 20-14 win to conclude the 2002 season in which Stephen ran for 213 net yards for the first 200+ yard rushing performance since 1996.

For his career, he has rushed for 1,425 yards with eight touchdowns and has completed 24 of 75 attempts for 288 yards with three touchdowns.

Franklin & Marshall will open the 2004 season on September 4 at home versus Bethany College. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

The only non-Division I institution to have played 1,000 games, Franklin & Marshall holds an all-time record of 542-427-47 since the program's founding in 1887.