LANCASTER, PA -- Tightend Dan Houseman (Sr., Wyomissing, PA/Wyomissing) has been named the recipient of the 2003 Tom Caterbone '86 Memorial Award.
He is the third tightend to be named the Carterbone recipient following Mark Sernatinger '97 (1996) and Andy Gilburg '01 (2000), as the award is presented annually to an F&M player that "exemplifies Tom Caterbone's love of football, the spirit of competition and enthusiasm for the game."
A 2003 All-Centennial Conference honorable mention selection, Houseman caught 23 passes for 169 yards on the year and reeled in a one-yard toss from tailback Scott Stephen for the winning touchdown versus Gettysburg in the final game of the season.
His performance tied for the most single season receptions by a tightend in Franklin & Marshall College history as he equaled two-time All-CC first team selection Andy Gilburg '01.
A CoSIDA Academic All-America second team and Academic All-District II first team selection, he had a breakout game at Johns Hopkins University as he caught four passes for 49 yards versus the #1 nationally ranked pass of the Blue Jays in only his sixteenth game after being converted from defensive line to tightend at the conclusion of the 2001 season.
A solid blocker, he did not allow a sack and concluded the year ranked 10th in the Conference in receptions per game with 2.88 per contest. Notably, he was the only tightend to rank in the top 15 in the Conference in receptions.
For his career, Houseman finished with 25 catches for 189 yards in 20 games since being converted to tightend.
A former defensive lineman, Houseman was moved to tightend prior to the 2002 season to take advantage of his size (6-3, 225 lbs.) and blocking ability.
On the defensive line earlier in his career, Houseman started 10 games as a sophomore to finish with five tackles for loss of 22 yards, including three sacks for 20 yards, and concluded the season ranked second in the Conference with two fumbles recovered.
Overall, he finished his four-year career with 43 tackles, four sacks for 26 yards, nine tackles-for-loss of 34 yards and two passes defended.
Away from the field, Houseman is active in a number of activities as he serves as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee while serving as a tutor in genetics courses and doing research on the enzyme A4-lactate dehydroganase of the Antarctic fish C. gunnari.
A 2002 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Assistant, Houseman served as a genetics intern at the University of Pennsylvania this year and earned the 2002 Outstanding Entry award at the 2002 Franklin & Marshall College Fall Research Fair.
A 2002 & 2003 lab technician in the Franklin & Marshall College biology department, he serves as a volunteer at the Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center and has been honored on the 2001-2003 Centennial Conference Academic Honor Rolls.
The recipient of a John Marshall Scholarship, he is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med, Skull & Crown and Delphic Athletic Honor Societies, in addition to earning honors list in all six semesters of College.
As a team, the Diplomats concluded the season with a 4-6 record, 3-3 in Centennial Conference play to finish fourth in the seven team Conference. Overall, Franklin & Marshall concluded the year with three Conference wins for the first time since 1998 (4-3) and three home victories in a season for the first time since 1997.