LANCASTER, PA - All-Centennial Conference (CC) and All-America punter Dan Eggertsson (Sr., Royal Palm Beach, FL/Suncoast) has been named the 2005 Edward Garrigues '25 Men's Senior Athlete of the Year by the Franklin & Marshall Department of Athletics & Recreation.
Historically, Eggertsson is the first golfer and the 27th football player to earn the Senior Athlete of the Year award since Bill Iannicelli '48 was first presented with the Senior Athlete of the Year Award in 1948. He joins Iannicelli, Charles Cope '51, Sam Hauck '54, Henry Eberle '55, Ed Kraft '58, George Darrah '59, Calvin Thompson '61, Gordon Kraft '62, Stephen Hall '65, Alton Stone '69, Bob Olender '73. Richard Davis '75, Ronald Lindberg '76, Joe Coviello '77, Thomas May '78, Dave Heiges '80, Doug Fulmer '84, Gerald Canavan '85, John Ridinger '86, John Rogers '89, Brian Fisher '90, Steve DeLuca '96, Beau Eckert '97, Greg Stambaugh '99, Andy Gilburg '01 and Chris Gallino '03 as his selection marks the third time in the last five years a football player won the award.
A unanimous All-Centennial Conference first team selection at both place-kicker and punter and the 2004 Tom Gilburg Division III Punter of the Year award recipient, Eggertsson led the Centennial Conference and finished fifth in the nation in punting with a 40.7 yard average (63 punts for 2,567 yards).
An All-America punter as he was named to the 2004 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches first team, D3football.com All-America second team, Associated Press Little All-America third team and Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-America third team, he became the first Franklin & Marshall player to earn recognition on all four All-America teams in one season.
Historically, his selection marked 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.
His 2,567 yards during the 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 5,898 yards in his intercollegiate career with 46 punts inside the 20-yard line, eight fair catches and eight touchbacks for a 38.4 career average to finish second in punting average behind Bushey (40.1) and fourth in total punts in program history.
At place-kicker, 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.
Founded in 1787, Franklin & Marshall College is a coeducational, liberal arts institution. F&M supports 26 intercollegiate athletic teams, all on the NCAA Division III level except wrestling (NCAA Division I) and men's and women's squash (independent). F&M also supports numerous club and intramural activities for both men and women.
Edward Garrigues '25 Men's Senior Athlete of the Year
1948 William Iannicelli - football, track
1949 Tom Smith - soccer, track
1950 Robert Zink - basketball, tennis
1951 Charles Cope - football, wrestling, track
1952 Ivan High - swimming
1953 Walter Lenz - soccer, basketball, baseball
1954 Samuel Hauck - football, wrestling
1955 Henry Eberle - football, basketball
1956 F. Irvin Augstadt - baseball
1957 Donald Martin - soccer, track
1958 Edward Kraft, Jr. - football, swimming, track
1959 George Darrah - football, basketball, baseball
1960 Dean Crystle - swimming, lacrosse
1961 Calvin Thompson - football, track, baseball
1962 Gordon Kraft - football, swimming, track
1963 Kevin O'Connor - cross country, track
1964 Donald Mengel - cross country, track
1965 Stephen Hall - football, track
1966 Robert Penney - soccer, basketball, baseball
1967 Jonathan Crawford - baseball
1968 James Clair - wrestling
1969 Alton Stone - football
1970 Michael Keating - swimming
1971 Peter Reinhart - track
1972 Henry Lane - soccer, squash, track
1973 Robert Olender - football, baseball
1974 John Hargraves - cross country, track
1975 Richard Davis - football, lacrosse
1976 Ronald Lindberg - football, baseball, (ice hockey)
1977 Joseph Coviello - football, baseball
1978 Thomas May - football, track
1979 Donald Marsh - basketball, baseball
1980 Dave Heiges - football, baseball
1980 Brian Brown - wrestling
1981 Eric Holmboe - cross country, track
1982 Allen "Scott" Barry III - swimming
1983 J. Allen Taylor - basketball, baseball
1984 Douglas Fulmer - football, baseball
1985 Gerard Canavan - football, lacrosse
1986 John Ridinger - football, track
1987 Morris Clothier - squash
1988 Terry Scott - basketball
1989 John Rogers - football, lacrosse
1990 Brian Fisher - football, wrestling, baseball
1991 Robert Nusum - wrestling
1992 Will Lasky - basketball
1993 Anthony Vattilana - soccer
1993 Ed Plakans - basketball
1994 Vic Bernardino - wrestling
1995 Dave Janetta - basketball
1996 Steve DeLuca - football
1996 Jeremiah Henry - basketball
1997 Jess Berline - squash
1997 Beau Eckert - football, baseball
1998 Brendan James - wrestling
1999 Greg Shambaugh - football, baseball
2000 Frank McCartney - cross country, track
2000 Steve Michaels - swimming
2001 Andy Gilburg - football
2002 Scott Runyon - men's soccer
2002 Alex Kraft - men's basketball
2003 Chris Gallino - football
2004 Steve Juskin - men's basketball
2005 Dan Eggertsson - football, golf