LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) has been named to the 2004 Associated Press Little All-America Team.
A third team selection, the honor marks the third All-America team Eggertsson has been named to this season as he earned American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches first team and 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.
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.
Overall, he led F&M to the Centennial Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southwest titles this year 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.
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.
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 Associated Press All-America Team honors the best players in Division II, III and NAIA.
2004 Associated Press Little All-America Team
Quarterback: Brett Elliott, Linfield (Ore.), junior.
Running backs: Derrick Wimbush, Fort Valley State (Ga.), senior; Tony Sutton, Wooster (Ohio), senior.
Wide receivers: Chris Samps, Winona State (Minn.), senior; Dallas Mall, Bentley (Mass.), senior.
Tight end: Leonard Weaver, Carson-Newman, senior.
Linemen: Nathan Baker, Pittsburg State (Kan.), senior; Nick Didier, Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.), senior; Scott Blum, Rowan (N.J.); Joe Berger, Michigan Tech, senior; Todd Herremans, Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), senior.
All-purpose: Jamaica Rector, Northwest Missouri State, senior.
Kicker: Will Rhody, Valdosta State (Ga.), senior.
DEFENSE Linemen: Kendrick Triplett, North Alabama, senior; Keyonta Marshall, Grand Valley State (Mich.), senior; Justin Brown, East Central (Okla.); Jason Trusnik, Ohio Northern, junior.
Linbackers: Charles Roberts, Fayetteville State (N.C.); Kevin Myers, Ferris State (Mich.), junior; Isaac Sieling, Gustavus Adolphus, senior.
Defensive backs: Frank Pilato, Washington & Jefferson, senior; Matt Crispell, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) junior; Walt Williams, Fayetteville State (N.C.); Martell Foster, Northwood (Mich.), senior.
Punter: Jeff Williams, Adams State (Colo.).
Quarterback: Chad Friehauf, Colorado Mines, senior.
Running backs: Germaine Race, Pittsburg State (Kan.), sophomore; Danny Woodhead, Chadron State (Neb.), freshman.
Wide receivers: Brandon Simmons, West Chester (Pa.), junior; Nick Cushman, Albright (Pa.), senior.
Tight end: Vince Dargush, Ithaca (N.Y.), senior.
Linemen: Adam Hernandez, Hardin-Simmons (Texas), senior; Chris Kuper, North Dakota, junior; Rodney Magwood, Albany State, (Ga.); Jeff Oliver, Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), senior; Jahri Evans Bloomburg (Pa.), junior.
All-purpose: Danieal Manning, Abilene Christian (Texas), sophomore.
Kicker: Justin Gray, Emporia State (Kan.), senior.
Linemen: Cedric Cursh, Arkansas Tech, sophomore; Jason Ripke, Simpson (Iowa), junior; Damian Gilyard, C.W. Post, sophomore; Walter Curry, Albany State (Ga.), junior.
Linebackers: Brent Gailey, Hardin-Simmons (Texas); Deandrae Fillmore, Texas A&M-Kingsville, junior; Shaun Spisak, Mount Union (Ohio), senior.
Defensive backs Scott Greenberg, John Carroll, senior; Danny Gagner, North Dakota, senior; Howard Wiilliams, Elizabeth City State, junior; Jordan Talge, Concordia-Moorehead (Minn.), senior.
Punter: Jeff Carpenter, West Georgia, junior.
Quarterback: Drew Beard, Southeastern Oklahoma, senior.
Running backs: Brett Trichilo, Wilkes (Pa.), senior; John Kuhn, Shippensburg (Pa.), senior.
Wide receivers: Elfren Quiles, Merrimack (Mass.), freshman; Brad Musso, Wheaton (Ill.), senior.
Tight end: Cole Drussa, Missouri-Rolla, senior.
Linemen: Brian Alderson, South Dakota, junior; Matt Bush, Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas), senior; Vinnie Olson, Sioux Falls (S.D.), senior; Torrey Howard, Valdosta State (Ga.), senior; Greg Bzorek, Edinboro (Pa.), junior.
All-purpose: Mark Robinson, St. John Fisher (N.Y.), sophomore.
Kicker: Scott Greene, Grand Valley State (Mich.), senior.
Linemen: Lawrence Frierson, Bridgewater (Va.), senior; Josh Lane, Aurora (Ill.), senior; Jacob Galloway, Central Washington, senior; Ryan Meredith, Pittsburg State (Kan.), sophomore.
Linebackers: Jeff Howard, Eastern New Mexico, senior; Digger Anderson, North Dakota, junior; Anthony Ostland, Occidental (Calif.), freshman.
Defensive backs: Bo Busch, Clarion (Pa.), junior; Will Galusha, Hardin-Simmons, sophomore; Rocky Myers, Wesley (Del.), senior; Mitchell Denne, St. Cloud State (Minn.), sophomore.
Punter: Dan Eggertsson, Franklin & Marshall (Pa.), senior.