Salton Named to 2003 ECAC Division III Southwest All-Star Team

LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College wide receiver Justin Salton (Sr., Gillette, NJ/Watchung Hills) has been named to the 2003 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Southwest Football All-Star first team.

The honor marks Salton's second straight selection to the All-ECAC first team as he was named to the squad last year.

A 2002 & 2003 All-America honorable mention team selection, he is 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 ECAC 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 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.

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.

2003 ECAC Division III Southwest All-Stars

Player of the Year: .Scott Froelich, Westminster College
Rookie of the Year: Omar Muhammad, Wesley College

First Team Offense
OL - Glenn Silvidi, Westminster College
OL - Matt Weeks, Johns Hopkins
OL - Jim Hyland, Waynesburg College
OL - Bob Jazwinski, Washington & Jefferson
OL - Chris Radomski, Muhlenberg College
QB - Jeff Dumm, Waynesburg College
RB - Scott Froelich, Westminster College
RB - Matt Bernardo, Muhlenberg College
TE - Roy Olson, Frostburg State
WR - Kodi Shay, Muhlenberg College
WR - Justin Salton, Franklin & Marshall

First Team Defense
DB - Frank Pilato, Washington & Jefferson
DB - James Kostack, Wesley College
DB - Rob Wingfield, McDaniel College
DB - Matt Campbell, Johns Hopkins
DL - Paul Smith, Johns Hopkins
DL - Brandon Doppelheuer, Waynesburg College
DL - Kevin Culbert, Frostburg
LB - Sean Ross, Waynesburg College
LB - Grant Acker, Gettysburg College
LB - Jeff Bonenberger, Westminster College
LB - Rocky Myers, Wesley College

First Team Special Teams
K - Nick Quisgard, Frostburg State
P - Rick Nistler, Salisbury University
RS - Kodi Shay, Muhlenberg College

Honorable Mention
QB - George Merrell, Johns Hopkins
RB - Mike Kitchen, Frostburg State
TE - Josh Kline, Wesley College
WR - Brian Ekis, Westminster College
DB - Ryan Nohe, Bethany College
DL - Anthony Johnson, Wesley College
LB - Eric Field, Washington & Jefferson
LB - Paul Longo, Johns Hopkins
K - Ben Popson, Waynesburg College
P - Corey Allen, McDaniel College