LANCASTER, PA -- Punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast), defensive back Chris Santaniello (So., Somers Point, NJ/Mainland) rank among the national leaders in the November 29 NCAA Division III football statistics.
A unanimous All-Centennial Conference first team selection at both place-kicker and punter, Eggertsson led the Centennial Conference and ranks fifth in the nation 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 place-kicker, 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.
He will continue the season on December 11 in Cancun, Mexico as one of 42 NCAA Division III seniors from around the country who will make up this year's American Football Coaches Association's team that will represent the United States against the Mexican National Team in the 2004 Aztec Bowl.
Santaniello ranks 23rd in the nation in forced fumbles with four in 11 games (0.36 per game) as he has 50 tackles, two interceptions and six breakups this year.
For his career, he has 90 tackles, three interceptions for 30 yards, 13 pass breakups, four fumbles forced and three blocked kicks.
This year Eggertsson & Santaniello 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.
Franklin & Marshall will return to the field to defend its Centennial and ECAC titles on September 3, 2005 at Bethany College in West Virginia.