F&M-Gettysburg Football Game Notes II - November 15, 2003

WHY IS F&M CALLED THE DIPLOMATS?: Franklin & Marshall College's nickname of Diplomats comes from New York Times sportswriter Arthur Daley who coined the name after watching Fordham come back in the fourth quarter behind NFL Hall-of-Famers Vince Lombardi and Alex Wojciechowicz to defeat F&M 14-7 at the Polo Grounds in the season-opening game of the 1935 season. Prior to the game, F&M teams were known as either "Nevonians" or "Big Blue". The name "Diplomats" was derived from the fact that F&M was five minutes late coming out of the locker-room to begin the second half, tardiness, according to Daley, "customary in the diplomatic services of both hemispheres."

BACK IN BLOCK: Watch out for Diplomats' cornerback Chris Santaniello (Fr., Somers Point, NJ/Mainland) as the first year defensive back has been deadly on special teams blocking three kicks. The mark ties the single season Franklin & Marshall College record set by John Schropp in 1991 and 1992.

EGGING THE OPPONENTS: A big factor in today's game will be punting. For Franklin & Marshall, Dan Eggertsson is averaging 36.8 yards per punt off 53 punts for 1,950 yards, including 11 punts inside the 20-yard line and three touchbacks. This year, he has been the CC's best, including a career-long bomb of 70-yards versus Centre in week two. The kick marked just the fifth 70+ yard punt in program history. Against Oberlin in the season opener, he punted five times for 175 yards (35.0 average) with a game long 41-yarder and one punt inside the 20-yard line and connected on a 27-yard field goal. Against Washington & Jefferson, he punted six times for 242 yards (40.3 ypk average) with a 49-yarder and two punts inside the Presidents' 20-yard line. For Gettysburg, Tom Pettit ranks fifth in the CC as he is averaging 34.0 yards per boot off 48 kicks for 1,632 yards.

WHITE SACK: Linebacker Chris White (Sr., Vestal, NY/Vestal) is fourth in the Centennial Conference in sacks with 8.5. Fellow linebacker Dan Nadler (Sr., Scarsdale, NY/Edgemont) is fifth in the Conference with eight sacks, while Gettysburg's Matt Pinkney ranks seventh with 5.0 sacks.

KICK IT: Gettysburg's John Edgar leads the CC in field goal percentage making six-of-seven (85.7 percent). F&M's Eggertsson s two-of-three on field goals (66.6 percent) to rank sixth. On extra points, Eggertssson ranks fourth making 16-of-21 (76.2 percent), while Edgar is fifth making 17-of-26 (65.4 percent).

BRING IT BACK: Gettysburg kick returner Nate Smith ranks second in the CC with 26.5 yards per return. F&M's Derek Boyce (So., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) ranks fourth with 24.6 yards per return.

PICKING IT OFF: Gettysburg's Mark Johnson ranks second in the Conference in interceptions with five for two yards, an average of 0.56 picks per game. Further, Jay Cage is tied for third in the Conference with three for 20 yards, an average of 0.33 per game.

BEARS TO BULLETS: The last time F&M played Ursinus and Gettysburg back-to-back to end the season was 1925 as the Bullets tallied 3-0 win following a 30-0 F&M victory over the Bears. From 1914-1925 (with the exception of the three game 1918 season), the Diplomats met the Bears then Bullets on the final two weeks. During that stretch, F&M went 4-5 against the Bullets with scoreless ties in 1920 and 1921. When F&M beat Ursinus the week before, the Diplomats are 1-3-2 against the Bullets. In 1920 and 1921 F&M knocked off the Bears 9-7 and 41-0, but ended up in scoreless ties with Gettysburg.

THE GOOSE IS LOOSE: Gettysburg quarterback Joe Gossweiler needs 81 rushing yards to become just the fifth signal-caller in CC history to surpass the 1,000 yard mark in a career. He is currently 30 yards shy of the fifth place spot on the all-time CC list held by former Bullets' QB Gary Ricci (949).

OTHER CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE GAMES: The 2003 season regular season draws to a close this week as Muhlenberg host Moravian (1:00 p.m.); Ursinus visits Dickinson (1:00 p.m.) and Gettysburg visits Franklin & Marshall (1:00 p.m.). In the CC game of the week, McDaniel and Johns Hopkins clash in Westminster, Maryland with a share of the CC title on the line. If McDaniel wins, they will share the Conference crown with Muhlenberg and receive the CC bid to the NCAA playoffs. If Hopkins wins, they will share the title with Muhlenberg and the Mules will receive the Conference's bid to the playoffs.

ON A ROLL: Steve Ulrich, Executive Secretary of the Centennial Conference (CC), announced that Franklin & Marshall College wide receiver Justin Salton (Sr., Gillette, NJ/Watchung Hills) has been named the November 9 Offensive Player of the Week, while linebacker Joe LoCastro (So., Cherry Hill, NJ/Camden Catholic) earned Centennial Conference Football Honor Roll mention. In a 37-17 win at Ursinus, Salton shattered a pair of CC records as he pulled down 11 catches for 149 yards and touchdown receptions of 42 and 27 yards to reset the Centennial Conference single season and career reception records. Salton, who set the previous single season record of 77 receptions last season, raised his single season total to 78 catches for 922 yards. Further, he eclipsed the Franklin & Marshall College, Centennial Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference career receptions records as he now has 235 receptions for 3,100 yards as he surpassed F&M Hall of Fame receiver Dale Amos '90 (233). He became just the second receiver in Franklin & Marshall and Centennial Conference history with 3,000 receiving yards (behind Amos' 3,846 yards) as he surpassed Johns Hopkins' Joe Richards '94 (2,988 yards) for second in receiving yards in CC history. He also tied Richards for sixth in CC history in career TD receptions as the fifth-year senior now has 22 in his career following a pair of scores against the Bears. In addition, Salton is one half of the best receiving combination in Centennial Conference history as he has combined with classmate Matt Wagaman (Sr., Lititz, PA/Warwick) for a CC record 368 receptions and 4,856 yards. This year, the "dynamic duo" has 104 receptions for 1,451 yards, as the pair could challenge their own Centennial Conference single season receptions mark of 123 catches that they established during the 2002 season. On defense, LoCastro led the team in tackles with 11, including nine solo stops, while adding three tackles-for-loss of four yards, two pass breakups, half a sack for two yards and a quarterback hurry, to lead a Diplomats' defense which limited Ursinus to five-of-15 on third down conversions and 103 net rushing yards.

JUSTIN SALTON, PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA: Franklin & Marshall College wide receiver Justin Salton (Sr., Gillette, NJ/Watchung Hills) was named to the second team of the 2003 D3football.com Preseason All-America squad. A 2002 D3football.com All-America honorable mention selection, he was the only Centennial Conference player on the preseason team. The 29th Diplomats in program history to be named an All-America selection, he became the first wide receiver to earn the honor since Dale Amos '90 garnered the award in 1989. A 2002 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Southwest Football First Team All-Star and a unanimous first team All-Centennial Conference selection, Salton set a new Centennial Conference single-season mark for receptions (77) and closed the 2002 season with 1,078 yards, 12 touchdowns, including 11 receiving TDs, to lead the Conference in receiving yardage and receptions per game (7.70). The fifth CC receiver to gain 1,000 yards in a season, he became only the third receiver in F&M history to record 2,000 career receiving yards last year, joining Amos (3,846) and Zac Kraft '94 (2,160) in the elite club. The Diplomats' top receiver as a sophomore, Salton missed all but two games of the 2001 season with a knee injury. A first team USAFootball.com Sophomore All-America selection and a 2000 second team All-CC receiver, he set an F&M and Centennial Conference single game record with 16 receptions versus Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. Recipients of D3football.com All-America honors are selected by a panel of prominent coaches and media in conjunction with D3football.com.

JUSTIN-CREDIBLE: Justin Salton, who set the previous single season record of 77 receptions last season, raised his single season total to 78 catches for 922 yards with 11 catches for 149 yards versus Ursinus last week. Further, he eclipsed the Franklin & Marshall College, Centennial Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference career receptions records as he now has 235 receptions for 3,100 yards as he surpassed F&M Hall of Fame receiver Dale Amos '90 (233). He became just the second receiver in Franklin & Marshall and Centennial Conference history with 3,000 receiving yards (behind Amos' 3,846 yards) as he surpassed Johns Hopkins' Joe Richards '94 (2,988 yards) for second in receiving yards in CC history. He also tied Richards for sixth in CC history in career TD receptions as the fifth-year senior now has 22 in his career following a pair of scores against the Bears. In addition, Salton is one half of the best receiving combination in Centennial Conference history as he has combined with classmate Matt Wagaman (Sr., Lititz, PA/Warwick) for a CC record 368 receptions and 4,856 yards. This year, the "dynamic duo" has 104 receptions for 1,451 yards, as the pair could challenge their own Centennial Conference single season receptions mark of 123 catches that they established during the 2002 season.

DEFENDING SALTON: Historically, Salton has nine catches for 78 yards and a touchdown versus Gettysburg in two games for an all-time low average of 39.0 yards per game. It is his worst average versus any opponent , including Washington & Jefferson, Centre, Oberlin, Catholic, Hobart, etc., that F&M has played in non-conference games.