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Mike Salvatore '05
Salvatore paced the Jeffs with 82 tackles, including a game-high 16 stops in the season-finale.

Wagstaff, Walsh, Salvatore Named Football Gazette All-East Region

December 1, 2004

AMHERST, MA - Amherst College placed three seniors - return specialist Jay Wagstaff (Tewksbury, MA/Tewksbury), defensive back Rob Walsh (Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn) and linebacker Mike Salvatore (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) - on the 2004 Don Hansenís Weekly Football Gazette NCAA Division III All-East Region Team, as selected by a panel of sports information directors representing the 62 colleges that sponsor football throughout the region. As a first-team selection, Wagstaff moves onto the national ballot for Football Gazette All-America consideration. Walsh and Salvatore were both third-team All-Region picks.

Wagstaff - who earned First-Team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors for the third consecutive season - led the conference and finished 16th in the nation in punt return average (13.7 yds.) and finished seventh in the league in all-purpose yards (757), highlighted by a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 19-10 win over visiting Colby. He topped the Jeffs in receptions (25), receiving yards (359) and receiving touchdowns (three) as well.

Walsh joined Wagstaff as a First-Team All-NESCAC honoree after leading the conference and finishing seventh in the nation with six interceptions, falling just one pick shy of an Amherst single-season record. He also led the conference and placed 11th nationally with 14 pass defenses. A First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and a finalist for Academic All-America, Walsh earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week, Don Hansenís National Weekly Football Gazette Defensive Player of the Week and ECAC Division III New England Defensive Player of the Week honors after tying a 27-year-old single-game school record with four interceptions in a 34-28 double-overtime win at Bowdoin.

A Second-Team All-NESCAC pick, Salvatore led the Jeffs and finished third in the conference with 82 tackles, which was the most by an Amherst player since the college began archiving defensive statistics in 1997. He topped the team and tied for seventh in the NESCAC with 9.0 tackles for loss and tallied a game-high 16 tackles in his final collegiate game, a season-ending 13-10 win over visiting Little Three rival Williams. As a sophomore, Salvatore earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week, ECAC Player of the Week and Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette National Quad-Defensive Player of the Week honors after torching Bowdoin for a career- and game-high 17 tackles, a sack and an interception in his first collegiate start.