F&M PICKED FOURTH BY CENTENNIAL CONFERENCE SIDS & COACHES: The Franklin & Marshall College football team was selected to finish fourth in the race for the 2004 Centennial Conference title in a pre-season poll of the Conference's head football coaches and Sports Information Directors. The ranking marked a two-place improvement for F&M over the team's sixth place selection in 2003 and a three spot improvement over the team's projected finish of seventh in 2001 and 2002. Johns Hopkins, who shared the CC title the past two years, was the preseason favorite to win the honor outright in 2004. The Blue Jays were a unanimous choice, receiving all 12 (teams not permitted to vote for themselves) for 72 points in the annual preseason poll of coaches. Muhlenberg was the second pick with two first-place votes and 62 points. McDaniel was third with 49 points. Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg followed in fourth and fifth place with 33 and 32 points, respectively. Ursinus (25) and Dickinson (21) rounded out the poll.
F&M PICKED FIFTH IN CENTENNIAL CONFERERENCE BY D3FOOTBALL.COM: The Franklin & Marshall College football team was selected to finish fifth in the race for the 2004 Centennial Conference title in a pre-season ranking by D3football.com. Johns Hopkins was the preseason favorite to win the honor the title in 2004 according to D3football.com as Muhlenberg, McDaniel, Ursinus, F&M, Gettysburg and Dickinson rounded out the rankings.
HERE'S THE KICKER: A member of the November 7 Centennial Conference Special Teams Honor Roll for punting eight times for 335 yards (41.9 avg.) with a long of 53 yards and four punts inside the Ursinus 20-yard line as part of a 28-21 win over the Bears, punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) has been among the nation's best punters this season. In the latest Centennial Conference statistics, Eggertsson leads the Conference in punting with a 41.0 yard average (55 punts for 2,257 yards) and ranks second in point after efficiency (96.4 percent). Further, he ranks second in field goals (five), third in field goal percentage (five-for-eight, 62.5 percent), second in scoring by kick (42 points) and sixth in scoring with 4.7 points per game. Historically, his 2,257 yards this season mark the fourth most yards ever punted for by a Franklin & Marshall player. In addition, the Diplomats are averaging 41.1 yards per punt as the squad should reset the school single season team record for highest punting average previously held by the 1996 team (39.01 ypg). For his career, Eggertsson has punted 148 times for 5,679 yards with 44 punts inside the 20-yard line, eight fair catches and six touchbacks. For his career, he is averaging 38.3 yards per punt as he is currently 0.10 off the school career punting record of 38.4 held by Jon Bushey and is on pace to erase the single season punt average record of 39.9 held by Bushey from 1996.
KICKING IT: Barring a tragic day for Eggertsson and the Diplomats, the squad will reset the team single season punting record of 39.01 held by the 1996 Diplomats as the Diplomats are averaging 41.1 yards per boot this year.
FINAL TIME: This week's game marks the final regular season contest for F&M seniors Scott Stephen (Sr., Glen Rock., NJ/Glen Rock), Doug Hiltner (Margate, NJ/Atlantic City), Dan Eggertsson (Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast), Justin Koch (Schuylkill Haven, PA/Schuylkill Haven), Matt Capone (Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale), Bill McGrade (Montgomery, NY/Valley Central), John Mervin (Yardley, PA/Hun School) and Chris White (Vestal, NY/Vestal).
F&M PROJECTED STARTERS:
WR Derek Boyce (Jr., 6-0, 190, Lancaster, PA)
WR Rob Donofrio (So., 5-10, 170, Sea Girt, NJ)
TE Matt Mondonedo (So., 6-0, 220, Silver Spring, MD)
LT Jeff Pawlikowski (Jr., 6-2, 237, Bernville, PA)
LG Brian Rice (So., 6-2, 310, Rockville, MD)
C Jeff Gunn (Jr., 6-1, 235, Tunkhannock. PA)
RG Nick Maturi (So, 6-1, 255, Oakland, NJ)
RT Rory Regan (Jr., 6-3, 300, Waretown, NJ)
QB Jeff Harner (So., 6-2, 210, Mohrsville, PA)
TB Scott Stephen (Sr., 5-7, 180, Glen Rock, NJ)
FB Rick Dunlap (So., 5-9, 185, Boothwyn, PA)
CB Matt Pastore (So., 5-10, 175, Ridgewood, NJ)
CB JC Capote (So., 5-10, 180, Ridgefield Park, NJ)
SS Ryan Carrozza (So., 5-10, 175, Cherry Hill, NJ)
FS Ryan Sychterz (Jr., 5-10, 176, Sinking Spring, PA)
DL Matt Capone (Sr., 6-1, 245, Scarsdale, NY)
DL Jack Duncan (Fr., 6-0, 255, Nottingham, PA)
DL Chris White (Sr., 6-0, 200, Vestal, NY)
LB TJ Scanlon (Jr., 5-9, 180, Avon, NJ)
LB George Farrell (Fr., 6-1, 220, Hatfield, PA)
LB Chris Stepien (Jr., 5-9, 175, Fairfield, NJ)
LB John Warnick (So., 6-2, 215, Rockville, MD)
PK Dan Eggertsson (Sr., 6-1, 180, Royal Palm, FL)
P Dan Eggertsson (Sr., 6-1, 180, Royal Palm, FL)