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 11 NCAA Division III football statistics.
A member of the October 10 Centennial Conference Special Teams Honor Roll for punting seven times for 279 yards (39.9 avg.) with a long of 49 and three punts inside the 20-yard line in a 20-14 loss to Johns Hopkins on October 9, Eggertsson ranks sixth in the nation with a 41.8 punting average.
In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, Eggertsson leads the Conference in punting with a 41.8 yard average (38 punts for 1,588 yards) and ranks third in point after efficiency (95 percent), sixth in field goals (three), third in field goal percentage (three-for-four, 75.0 percent) and scoring by kick (28 points) and 11th in scoring with 4.7 points per game.
For his career, Eggertsson has punted 131 times for 5,010 yards with 36 punts inside the 20-yard line, seven fair catches and four touchbacks. For his career, he is averaging 38.2 yards per punt as he is currently 0.20 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 six games of the season. In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, he is tied for first in forced fumbles and ranks second in forced fumbles per game behind Bob Zeigler of Dickinson (four in five games).
For his career, he has 66 tackles, two interceptions for 30 yards, nine pass breakups, four fumbles forced and three blocked kicks.
As a team, the Diplomats rank 34th in passing offense (249.7 ypg) as Franklin & Marshall has completed 97-of-200 attempts for 1,498 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Franklin & Marshall (4-2, 1-1 Centennial Conference) will continue the season on October 23 versus Dickinson College at Sponaugle-Williamson Field. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.