LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) and defensive back Chris Santaniello (So., Somers Point, NJ/Mainland) rank among the nation's best in the October 4 NCAA Division III football statistics.
A member of the October 4 Centennial Conference Special Teams Honor Roll after averaging 42.8 yards per punt off 11 punts for 471 yards in a 15-10 win at Muhlenberg College, Eggertsson ranks fifth in the nation with a 42.2 punting average.
Historically, Eggertsson's 11 punts tied for the fourth most in a single game in school history (behind 13 by Bill Meekings versus Georgetown in 1991, 12 by Andy Gilburg versus Muhlenberg in 2000 and 12 by John Stockdale vs. Albright in 1997) and his 471 punt yards placed third in a single game in school history (behind 489 by Andy Gilburg in 2000 versus Muhlenberg and 476 by Bill Meekings in 1991 versus Georgetown).
In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, Eggertsson leads the Conference in punting with a 42.2 yard average (31 punts for 1,309 yards) and ranks third in point after efficiency (17-for-18). Further, he ranks fifth in field goals (three), third in field goal percentage (three-for-four, 75.0 percent) and scoring by kick (26 points) and eighth in scoring with 5.2 points per game as the Diplomats have opened the season 4-1 for the first time since 1996.
For his career, Eggertsson has punted 124 times for 4,731 yards with 33 punts inside the 20-yard line, seven fair catches and four touchbacks. For his career, he is averaging 38.15 yards per punt as he is currently 0.25 off the school career punting record of 38.4 held by Jon Bushey and is on pace to erase the single season punt average record of 39.9 held by Bushey from 1996.
Santaniello ranks fifth in forced fumbles with four through the first five games of the season. Against Muhlenberg, he forced two fumbles to aid in the Diplomats five point win over the Mules.
For his career, he has 61 tackles, two interceptions for 30 yards, nine pass breakups, four fumbles forced and three blocked kicks.
As a team, the Diplomats rank 35th in passing offense (246.2 ypg) as Franklin & Marshall has completed 81-of-163 attempts for 1,231 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Franklin & Marshall (4-1, 1-0 Centennial Conference) will continue the season on October 9 versus Johns Hopkins University at Sponaugle-Williamson Field. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.