Stepien Named to Don Hansen All-South Region Team
LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College linebacker Chris Stepien (Sr., Fairfield, NJ/West Essex) has been named to the 2005 Don Hansen's Football Gazette NCAA Division III All-South Region third team.
The honor marks the fifth consecutive year a Franklin & Marshall College player has been recognized on the All-South team following first team honors for wide receiver Justin Salton ’03 (2003) in 2004 and second team recognition for defensive lineman Chris Gallino '03 (2001 & 2002), punter Mark Rowand '02 (2001) and punter Dan Eggertsson ’05 (2004). Gallino and Rowand's selection in 2001 marked the first for F&M since defensive end Mike Quartey '00, linebacker Joe Gillespie '00 and punter Andy Gilburg '01 were named to the third team in the fall of 1999.
A 2005 All-Centennial Conference first team selection, he registered 88 tackles (43 solo, 45 assist), with four sacks for 22 yards, three interceptions for 31 yards, four pass breakups, a fumble forced and a fumble recovery in 11 games as he led the team to the 2005 Eastern College Athletic Conference Southeast Bowl.
The September 25, November 6 and 13 Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week, he ranked third in tackles for loss in the CC with 12.5 (10 solo, five assist) for 42 yards, an average of 1.25 per game.
In Centennial Conference games, he finished with 51 tackles, five tackles-for-loss of 16 yards, 2.5 sacks for 15 yards, three interceptions for 31 yards, three pass breakups and a fumble forced as the Diplomats went 4-2 to finish second in the final standings.
The 2004 Al Brooks Defensive Player of the Year, Stepien compiled 54 tackles (27 solo, 27 assisted), including nine tackles-for-loss of 31 yards and 0.5 sacks for nine yards, with two passes defended, one fumble recovery and a forced fumble as a junior as he led the Diplomats to the 2004 Centennial Conference championship and the ECAC Southwest Bowl title.
One of 11 Division I-AA, II, III and NAIA football players named to the 2005 American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) Good Works Team for outstanding performance on the field and in community service activities, Stepien concludes his career with 160 tackles (84 solo, 76 assist), 24 tackles-for-loss of 77 yards, five sacks-for-31 yards, three interceptions for 31 yards, eight passes defended, two fumbles forced and two fumbles as he led the team to a 21-21 record.
A total of 75 players were chosen for the Football Gazette All-South Region team from the 63 schools that sponsor football in the South Region. The All-South first and second team selections will now be on a national ballot to choose the 2005 Football Gazette All-America Team
This year marks the 14th straight year that Don Hansen has selected an All-South Region team.
The Football Gazette website is at http://www.donhansen.com.