Salton Named to 2003 D3football.com All-America Team

LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College wide receiver Justin Salton (Sr., Gillette, NJ/Watchung Hills) has been named to the 2003 D3football.com All-America Football Team.

The son of Phyllis and Alan Salton, he was named to the website's honorable mention team for the second straight year to become the fourth two-time All-America and the 30th All-America selection in program history. Overall, he joins Sam Roeder '39 (1937, 1938), Bill Iannicelli '48 (1943, 1947) and Andy Zuch '90 (1988, 1989) as the only players to earn All-America honors twice as the honor capped a record breaking senior season.

A unanimous All-Centennial Conference first team selection for the second straight year, Salton rewrote the Centennial Conference record book finishing the season with new Conference single season (84) and career (241) receptions records.

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 and a Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Region first team selection.

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 became the first receiving tandem that each recorded over 100 career catches.

In the latest NCAA Division III statistics, Salton ranks sixth in receptions (8.4) and 25th in receiving yards (96.8) as he closed out his career by being named the 2003 Franklin & Marshall College Offensive Player of the Year.

Recipients of D3football.com All-America honors are nominated by their college/university sports information director. A panel of prominent coaches and media in conjunction with D3football.com then vote based upon information presented in each player's electronic nomination form.

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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.