December 11, 2004

Eggertsson Punts Team USA to 23-3 Win Over Mexico in Aztec Bowl

CANCUN, MEXICO -- Franklin & Marshall College punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm, FL/Suncoast) kicked 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.

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 2004 Don Hansen's 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 Jon Bushey '97 (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.

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 977.

The Aztec Bowl title marks 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.

The Aztec Bowl is the traditional season-ending game for Mexico's college football season. The game has been played 33 times since 1947 with the last seven contests featuring the United States-Mexico match-up. The United States is now 7-1 in the series as Mexico's lone victory came in last year's game, which was also played in Cancun.

The Bowl is part of the American Football Coaches Association's involvement with Football Federation USA. FFUSA was organized in 1998 for the purpose of uniting amateur football athletes around the world through education, special events and travel.

Two former Aztec Bowl Team USA members, London Fletcher and Clint Kriewaldt, are currently playing in the National Football League. Fletcher, who played collegiately at John Carroll and was a member of the 1997 U.S. team, is a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills. Kriewaldt was the Detroit Lions' 1999 fifth-round draft pick out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and played in the 1998 Aztec Bowl. He is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 10,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.

For more information on the AFCA and its programs, log on to the AFCA's website at www.afca.com. Information on the Aztec Bowl in available at www.aztecbowl.com