LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College wide receiver Justin Salton (Sr., Gillette, NJ/Watchung Hills) has been named to the 2003 Don Hansen's Football Gazette NCAA Division III All-South Region First Team as voted on by a panel of sports information directors from the region.
The honor marks the third consecutive year a Franklin & Marshall College player has been recognized on the All-South team following second team recognition over the last two seasons for defensive lineman Chris Gallino '03 (2001 & 2002) and punter Mark Rowand '02 (2001). Gallino and Rowand's selection in 2001 marked the first for F&M since defensive end Mike Quartey '00, linebacker Joe Gillespie '00 and punter Andy Gilburg '01 were named to the third team in the Fall of 1999.
A unanimous All-Centennial Conference first team selection for the second straight year following first team honors as a junior, Salton rewrote the Centennial Conference record book finishing the season with new Conference single season (84) and career (241) receptions records to earn offensive MVP honors.
This year, he caught a Centennial Conference record 84 catches for 968 yards, eclipsing the previous CC and Franklin & Marshall record of 77 catches that he established last season. In addition, he closed his career with 241 catches for 3,146 yards to establish new Centennial Conference, Franklin & Marshall and Eastern College Athletic Conference records in career receptions erasing the previous record of 233 for 3,846 yards held by Franklin & Marshall College's Dale Amos '90.
The second CC receiver to gain 3,000 yards or 200 receptions in a career, he ranks sixth in Centennial Conference history in career touchdowns as the fifth-year senior finished with 23.
A D3football.com All-America preseason selection and a nominee for the 2003 Gagliardi Award, the equivalent in Division III of the Heisman Award, Salton finished as the 2002 and 2003 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year runner-up.
Statistically, Salton recorded several top five finishes on the Diplomats' record board as he caught 13 passes versus the #1 nationally pass defense of Johns Hopkins to tie for the second best receiving performance in school history. He followed the mark up with 11 catches for 149 yards at Ursinus in a 37-17 for the fifth best performance in the annals of Franklin & Marshall College. For his performance at Ursinus, in which he grabbed 42 and 27 yard TD receptions, he was named the November 9 Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
In single season touchdown passes, he pulled down nine this year for the fourth best performance in school history, and combined with classmate Matt Wagaman (Sr., Lititz, PA/Warwick) on 379 catches for 4,952 yards to obliterate the Conference career catches mark by a pair of receivers.
Part of the "Dynamic Duo" receiving corps, he was one-half of the best pair of receivers in Conference history as Wagaman and Salton become the first receiving tandem that each has over 100 career catches.
Franklin & Marshall 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.
A total of 78 players were chosen for the Football Gazette All-South Region team by sports information directors from the 63 schools that sponsor football in the South Region. The All-South first and second team selections will now be on a national ballot to choose the 2003 Football Gazette All-America Team
This year marks the 14th straight year that the region's sports information directors have selected an All-South Region team.
The Football Gazette website is at http://www.donhansen.com, while the entire South Region team is available at http://capitalcrusaders.net/footballgazette.