LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) has been named to the 2004 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches All-America Team.
The selection marks the second All-America team Eggertsson has been named to this season as he earned Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-America third team honors earlier this week.
Historically, his selection marks the 46th All-America honor bestowed upon Franklin & Marshall in football since S. Woodrow Sponaugle '37 earned the College's first All-America honor in 1936. In addition, he is just the second punter to earn All-America honors as Jon Bushey '97 was named to the Football Gazette All-America third (1995) and honorable mention (1996) teams.
Further, he becomes just the third Franklin & Marshall player named to the AFCA All-America team following offensive lineman Vin Carioscia '83 (1981 & 1982) and wide receiver Dale Amos '90 (1989).
A Football Gazette NCAA Division III All-South Region second team selection, Eggertsson was a unanimous All-Centennial Conference first team selection at both place-kicker and punter and a 2004 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team selection as he led the Centennial Conference in punting with a 40.7 yard average (63 punts for 2,567 yards).
Historically, his 2,567 yards during this season marked 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 Bushey (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 nine of 19 field goals and 71-of-83 PATs.
This season he 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 concluded his intercollegiate football career by kicking five times for an average of 39.6 yards per punt with one kick inside the 20-yard line to help Team USA to a 23-3 win over Team Mexico in the 34th Annual Aztec Bowl at Estadio Cancun 86 in Cancun on December 11.
A member of the only national football team fielded by the United States, Eggertsson was one of 42 NCAA Division III seniors from around the country who made up this year's team under former Central (Iowa) College Head Coach Ron Schipper.
The Aztec Bowl title marked the third championship Eggertsson earned this year as he 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.
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 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Region first team and Academic All-America College Division second team as his selection to the Academic All-America team marked the 35th time an F&M student-athlete has garnered national recognition, as there have been 13 third team, 15 second team and seven first team selections. Overall, 24 individuals have earned Academic All-American honors while competing for Franklin & Marshall College since 1977.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all four of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best - the coaches themselves.
The four teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams, University Division and College Division, were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams - Division I-A and Division I-AA. In 1996 the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III respectively. From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997 a return specialist was added for the current 25-player team.