LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College wide receivers Justin Salton (Sr., Gillette, NJ/Watchung Hills) and Derek Boyce (So., Lancaster, PA/Lampeter-Strasburg) and linebackers Dan Nadler (Sr., Scarsdale, NY/Edgemont) and Chris White (Sr., Vestal, NY/Vestal) are ranked among the national leaders in the December 15 NCAA Division III football statistics.
A D3football.com All-America selection, Salton ranks sixth in receptions (8.4) and 25th in receiving yards (96.8).
A unanimous All-Centennial Conference first team selection for the second straight year following first team honors as a junior, 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 Eastern College Athletic Conference 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 D3football.com 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.
In kickoff returns, Boyce ranks 40th with an average of 23.8 yards per return. A transfer from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, he returned 23 kicks for 548 yards.
On defense, Nadler and White are tied for 30th in sacks (0.9) in the week 13 national statistics
White tallied 48 tackles and ranked eighth in the Conference in tackles-for-loss with 11.5 for 74 yards to earn All-Centennial Conference honorable mention accolades this year.
A member of the October 11 and November 1 Centennial Conference Defensive Honor Rolls, he led the Conference in fumbles recovered with three. In addition, he tied Nadler for fourth in the CC in sacks with nine and finished third in sack yardage with 67 yards.
For Nadler, the 2003 season saw the fourth year linebacker finish fourth on the team in tackles (70), first in tackles-for-loss (16 for 70 yards) and second in sack yardage (50 yards) while contributing a fumble forced, two passes defended and a fumble recovery.
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.
Franklin & Marshall will open the 2004 season on September 4 at home versus Bethany College. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.