LANCASTER, PA - Franklin & Marshall College punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm Beach, FL/Suncoast) has been selected to play for the American Football Coaches Association's Division III all-star team that will represent the United States against the Mexican National Team in the 2004 Aztec Bowl on December 11 in Cancun, Mexico.
He is one of 42 NCAA Division III seniors from around the country who will make up this year's team. Former Central (Iowa) College Head Coach Ron Schipper will coach the team for the eighth consecutive year.
This year's game is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. CST on December 11 at Estadio Cancun 86 in Cancun.
A unanimous All-Centennial Conference first team selection at both place-kicker and punter, Eggertsson led the Centennial Conference in punting with a 40.7 yard average (63 punts for 2,567 yards).
Historically, his 2,567 yards this season mark the second 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 (64 for 2,614 yards) to eclipse the previous F&M season record of 39.01 held by the 1996 Diplomats.
A 2003 All-CC honorable mention selection at punter, Eggertsson punted 156 times for 5,989 yards in his intercollegiate career with 46 punts inside the 20-yard line, eight fair catches and eight touchbacks for a 38.39 career average to finish second in punting average behind Bushey (40.1) and fourth in total punts in program history.
At placekicker, he connected on seven-of-12 field goals and 36-of-38 PATs to finish second on the team in scoring with 57 points to finish behind tailback Scott Stephen '05 (66). For his career, he has hit 9 of 19 field goals and 71-of-83 PATs.
This season he has garnered several honors including being named the October 4 Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette NCAA Division III Co-National Special Teams Player of the Week for punting 11 times for 471 yards (42.8) with a long of 62 yards and four punts inside the 20-yard line to aid in a 15-10 win at Muhlenberg on October 2. A member of the September 12, September 19 and October 4 D3football.com Team of the Week to become the first punter ever named to the weekly team three times in one season.
A dual sport athlete at Franklin & Marshall College, Eggertsson plays golf in the spring and was a member of the 2003 Centennial Conference men's golf championship team at the College. This summer, he made history becoming the first Franklin & Marshall College player to compete in the Florida Amateur Golf Championship.
A Religious Studies major, he received the 2004 Rev. Arthur Barley Award, presented to outstanding religious studies student at Franklin & Marshall College.
For his academic and athletic success, he was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-Region first team as he is currently under consideration for the Academic All-America team. He is the 20th F&M recipient to garner All-District II honors following safety tight end Dan Houseman '04 who was named to the College Division All-District first team last year. Further, he becomes the fourth punter to earn the award following Mark Rowand '02, Bushey and Joe King '94. Historically, Rowand and Bushey went on to earn Academic All-America honors.
This year Eggertsson led F&M to the Centennial Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southwest titles as the Diplomats finished with an 8-3 record, 4-2 in Centennial Conference play.
The titles capped a turnaround season for the Diplomats as F&M finished with eight wins in a season for the first time since 1996 (9-2), won their first Centennial Conference title since 1995 (7-3), advanced to the postseason for the first time since 1996 as F&M previously went 0-10 (2000), 1-9 (2001), 4-6 (2002) and 4-6 (2003) over the last four seasons.
The Aztec Bowl is the traditional season-ending game for Mexico's college football season. The game has been played 33 times since 1947 with the last seven contests featuring the United States-Mexico match-up. The United States is 6-1 in the series. Mexico's lone victory came in last year's game, which was also played in Cancun.
Chitwood Sports Media of Jefferson, Texas will again provide a live webcast of the Aztec Bowl in 2004. Along with the game webcast on December 11, announcers Charlie Chitwood and Ned Fratangelo will provide 90-minute preview shows on December 8, 9 and 10. The preview shows will originate from the Team USA hotel and will begin each night at 6:30 p.m. CST.
The preview shows and game webcast can all be accessed via the AFCA's website at www.afca.com and via the Aztec Bowl website at www.aztecbowl.com. Postgame results will also be available at www.afca.com.
Two former Aztec Bowl Team USA members, London Fletcher and Clint Kriewaldt, are currently playing in the National Football League. Fletcher, who played collegiately at John Carroll and was a member of the 1997 U.S. team, is a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills. Kriewaldt was the Detroit Lions' 1999 fifth-round draft pick out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and played in the 1998 Aztec Bowl. He is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 10,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.
For more information on the AFCA and its programs, log on to the AFCA's website at www.afca.com.