LANCASTER, Pa. – Ten former Franklin & Marshall student-athletes earned a spot on the Centennial Conference (CC) Silver Anniversary Team for football announced by the league office on Wednesday.
John Ridinger '86, Jack Savage '89, Dale Amos '90, Joe King '91, Alberto Mascaro '92, Beau Eckert '97, Jon Bushey '97, Andy Gilburg '01, Jordan Zackery '15, and Andy Zuch '90 all garnered the accolade.
The Centennial Silver Anniversary teams are in celebration of the Conference's first 25 years of competition, which began in 1993. However, since the CC operated as a football-only Conference from 1983-92 the silver anniversary team was expanded for this sport. During the remainder of July and the first two weeks of August, the CC will honor its member schools' most-distinguished student-athletes in 24 sports.
Criteria for the inclusion of a team are as follows:
Must be a graduate of the institution AND one of the following:
- 3-time or 4-time first-team All-Centennial performer (win same event in swimming, track)
- 2-time Centennial Player of the Year
- 1st team All-America AND 2-time first-team All-Centennial performer
- 2-time All-America (1st, 2nd or 3rd team)
John Ridinger '86
Ridinger garnered All-CC First Team recognition on three occasions, earning the accolade as a left tackle from 1983-85. He is one of only 41 three-time All-CC First Team selections in the history of the Conference and one of four F&M players. A team captain his senior year, Ridinger was given the program's Outstanding Offensive Player award following his final season in Lancaster.
Jack Savage '89
Savage was the only defensive player in Centennial Conference history to be named Player of the Year when the CC awarded the 5-9, 195-lb. defensive tackle with MVP honors in 1988. An All-American in both 1987 and 1988, Savage places 11th in program history with 17 career sacks and recorded a total of 223 tackles, including a career-high 102 in 1988. He captained the team during his senior season and garnered All-CC accolades in his final two years. Savage was elected into the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
Dale Amos '90
As a receiver, Amos broke more than 40 F&M, Centennial Conference (CC), ECAC or NCAA records during his career. The program's only three-time All-American, Amos was the Centennial's Player of the Year in 1988 and 1989 while landing on the All-CC Team three times. His career totals of 3,846 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns are F&M records, while his 233 pass receptions stand in third. His career yardage record was also an NCAA Division III national mark that was broken midway through the 1997 season. Following graduation, Amos was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL, the Alabama Flames of the World Football League, and the Utah team of the spring professional league. He was elected into the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
Joe King '91
King is one of only two football players in the history of the Centennial Conference to be named a four-time All-CC First Team member. F&M's most-decorated punter, King leads the program in punt yards (9,489) and punt attempts (264).
Alberto Mascaro '92
Mascaro twice earned a place on an All-America team list, garnering a spot on the Sports Information Directors' (SID) Second Team in 1989 and the SID Third Team in 1991. A two-time captain, Mascaro was dominant on the defensive line, recording 24.5 career quarterback sacks, a mark which led the program at his time of graduation and still places fourth in the F&M record books. Mascaro was also a two-time All-CC member, finishing his career with 265 total tackles, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
Beau Eckert '97
Eckert is one of just three Centennial players, and the only F&M member, to garner two CC Offensive Player of the Year awards when he earned the honors as a quarterback in 1995 and 1996. One of F&M's most prolific passers, Eckert's 312 career completions rank ninth, his 4,263 passing yards are eighth, and his 29 passing TD's are ninth.
Jon Bushey '97
Bushey was named an All-American in 1995 and 1996 while being one of only 41 three-time All-CC First Team selections in the history of the Conference and one of four F&M members. He excelled at multiple positions for the Diplomats. As a punter, his 6,867 career punting yards are fourth in F&M history, while as a linebacker, his 41 tackles for a loss rank third.
Andy Gilburg '01
Gilburg shined as a two-position athlete, being named a three-time All-CC First Team member as a punter and a two-time All-CC First Team member as a tight end. His 8,527 career punting yards rank second in F&M history, while his 37.4 yards per attempt are good for eighth.
Jordan Zackery '15
F&M football's most-recent All-American (third team in 2013), Zackery was a three-time All-CC First Team member and was a unanimous First Team selection in 2014. His 262 career receptions set a school and Centennial record, while his 4,612 all-purpose yards rank first in program history. He finished fourth in reception yards (2,517) and kick return yards (1,161), while his 21 reception TDs rank fifth and his total points scored (144) is good for seventh all-time.
Andy Zuch '90
Zuch was a two-time All-CC First Team member as a defensive back and one of only 10 Diplomats to garner multiple All-America honors when he received the distinctions in 1988 and 1989. He set a CC record for interceptions during the 1988 season with 11 and broke the F&M career record for interceptions during his senior year with 18 - a mark which still tops the program record book. His 273 career tackles place ninth among all F&M players and his eight blocked kicks stand in third. Zuch was inducted into the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.