Eggertsson Named to November 14 Centennial Conference Special Teams Honor Roll

LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College place-kicker/punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) has been named to the November 14 Centennial Conference Special Teams Honor Roll for his performance in a 38-20 win at Gettysburg College on November 13 to lead the Diplomats to a share of the Centennial Conference title.

Against the Bullets, he punted four times for 144 yards (36.0 avg.) with a long of 40 yards. In addition, he hit five extra points, as he concluded the regular season 32-of-33 on PATs this year.

In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, Eggertsson leads the Conference in punting with a 40.7 yard average (59 punts for 2,401 yards) and ranks second in point after efficiency (97.0 percent).

Further, he ranks third in field goals (six), fourth in field goal percentage (six-for-10, 60.0 percent), second in scoring by kick (50 points) and fourth in scoring with 5.0 points per game.

Historically, his 2,401 yards this season mark the third most yards ever punted for by a Franklin & Marshall player, while his average of 40.7 yards per punt establishes a new school season record erasing the previous mark of 39.9 set by Jon Bushey '97 (51 for 2,035 yards) in 1996. Further, this year's team averaged 40.8 yards per punt (60 for 2,448 yards) to eclipse the previous F&M season record of 39.01 held by the 1996 Diplomats.

As a team, Franklin & Marshall ranks among the Centennial Conference leaders in scoring offense (first, 25.4 points), scoring defense (fifth, 16.8 points), pass offense (first, 234.2 yards), pass defense (seventh, 183.3 ypg), kickoff returns (third, 18.5 yards), punting (first, 40.8 yards), net punting (first, 35.1 yards), turnover margin (third, +2), rushing offense (fourth, 137.8 yards), rushing defense (fifth, 141.4 yards), total offense (first, 372.0 yards), total defense (fifth, 324.7 yards), punt returns (sixth, 6.3 yards), pass efficiency (first, 127.9), pass defense efficiency (sixth, 103.6), first downs (second, 187), opponent first downs (sixth, 178), sacks by (fifth, 19 for 116 yards), penalties (fifth, 48 for 507 yards), opponent penalties (first, 61 for 550 yards), fourth down conversions (second, 58.3 percent), opponent fourth down conversions (second, 37.9 percent), red zone offense (second, 72.7 percent), red zone defense (second, 55.6 percent), third down conversions (third, 33.5 percent), opponent third down conversions (fifth, 33.7 percent), sacks against (second, 16 for 91 yards), field goal percentage (third, 60.0 percent), PAT kicking (first, 32-for-33), time of possession (sixth, 28:05) and kickoff coverage (seventh, 23.2 yards).

For his career, Eggertsson has punted 152 times for 5,823 yards with 45 punts inside the 20-yard line, eight fair catches and seven touchbacks to finish second in punting average behind Bushey (38.4) and fourth in total punts in program history.

In the Centennial Conference, five teams (Muhlenberg, McDaniel, Franklin & Marshall, Dickinson and Johns Hopkins) in the seven-team league tied for the championship with identical conference records of 4-2 as the Centennial Conference became only the third league to finish with five champions.

In 1976, the Twin Rivers Conference (now known as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference) had five champions - Concordia-St. Paul, Loras, Maranatha Baptist, Northwestern (Minn.) and Northwestern (Tenn.). In 1991, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference had a five-way tie for the championship with Alabama A&M, Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, Fort Valley State and Tuskegee.

The five champions mark the third time in the 22-year history of the Conference that more than two teams shared the title (1983, 2002) and the third time that teams have shared the trophy with two conference losses (1983, 1993).

In F&M history, the title marks the sixth (1986, 1987, 1988, 1993, 1995) Centennial Conference crown and 13th Conference title following Middle Atlantic Conference championships in 1964, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1976.

Franklin & Marshall (7-3, 4-2 Centennial Conference) will now await word from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) regarding a possible bid to the league's postseason Southwest Bowl game. Selections will be announced at noon on November 15.