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2004 Amherst Football Milestones


TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Posted a 6-2 overall record and claimed the outright Little Three Championship with a 38-3 win at Wesleyan and a 13-10 Homecoming win over visiting Williams.
  • Ranked fourth in the final New England Division III Football Poll.
  • Finished the season 14th in the nation in team punt returns (12.71 yds/att), 16th in pass efficiency defense (87.3), 23rd in rushing offense (241.2 ypg) and 25th in scoring defense (15.6 ppg).
  • Led the NESCAC in punt returns (12.7 yds/att) and opponent third-down conversions (26.9%) and finished second in scoring offense (24.0 ppg), rushing offense (241.2 ypg) and total offense (355.9 ypg).
  • Placed two players on the 2004 CoSIDA College Division Academic All-District Team - first-team selections Fletcher Ladd ’05 and Rob Walsh ’05. Amherst was the only NESCAC school represented on the Academic All-District team.
  • Had six players earn All-NESCAC honors, including four first-team selections.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    Senior Quad-Captain Tailback Fletcher Ladd (Amherst, NH)
  • Amherst’s first-ever recipient of the 59th-Annual Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award, presented by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, sportsmanship and citizenship.
  • ECAC Division III Northeast Player of the Year.
  • First-Team ECAC Division III Northeast All-Star.
  • One of only 28 players named to the 2004 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team.
  • NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year.
  • First-Team All-NESCAC.
  • Academic All-NESCAC.
  • First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District for third straight season, finalist for Academic All-America (was a Second-Team Academic All-America pick in 2003).
  • NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week and ECAC Division III Northeast Player of the Week for the period ending Monday, Nov. 15, after rushing 34 times for 179 yards and a touchdown in a 13-10 Homecoming win over visiting Williams.
  • NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Monday, Oct. 12, after rumbling for 284 yards on 35 carries in a 34-26 win at Middlebury.
  • Graduates as the college's all-time leading rusher with 3,817 yards over four seasons.
  • Shattered his own school record for long run from scrimmage with a 95-yard touchdown run in a 34-28 double-overtime win at Bowdoin.
  • Led the NESCAC and finished 14th in the nation in rushing (142.1 ypg).
  • Finished third in the NESCAC in all-purpose yards (143.6 ypg), tied for fourth in scoring-TDs (5.2 ppg) and finished fifth in total scoring (5.2 ppg) and seventh in total offense (142.1 ypg).


  • Senior Quarterback Marsh Moseley (New Orleans, LA)
  • Finished third in the NESCAC in pass efficiency (110.4), eighth in passing average (108.6 ypg) and tenth in total offense (119.4 ypg).


  • Senior Quad-Captain Wide Receiver/Return Specialist Jay Wagstaff (Tewksbury, MA)
  • First-Team ECAC Division III Northeast All-Star.
  • First-Team Football Gazette All-East Region.
  • First-Team All-NESCAC.
  • Led the NESCAC in finished 17th in the nation in punt return average (13.7).
  • Also finished seventh in the NESCAC in all-purpose yards (94.6 ypg).


  • Senior Defensive Back Rob Walsh (Fair Lawn, NJ)
  • Third-Team Football Gazette All-East Region.
  • First-Team ECAC Division III Northeast All-Star.
  • First-Team All-NESCAC.
  • Academic All-NESCAC.
  • First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District, finalist for Academic All-America.
  • Named NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week, ECAC Division III New England Player of the Week and Football Gazette NCAA Division III Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Monday, Oct. 4 after tying a 27-year-old school record with four interceptions in a 34-28 double-overtime win at Bowdoin.
  • Led the NESCAC and finished fifth in the nation in interceptions (0.75/gm).
  • Led the NESCAC and finished 11th in the nation in passes defended (14).


  • Senior Defensive Back Bob Sargent (Chantilly, VA)
  • Tied for second in the NESCAC in interceptions (0.50/gm).


  • Senior Place-Kicker David Bodner (Atlantic Beach, NY)
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in PAT kicking percentage (91.7), fourth in scoring by kickers (4.2 ppg) and fifth in field goals (0.50/gm).
  • Graduates as Amherst’s career leader in field goals (22), kicker scoring (148 pts), consecutive games scoring (32) and career PATs (82).


  • Senior Inside Linebacker Mike Salvatore (Greenwich, CT)
  • Third-Team Football Gazette All-East Region.
  • Second-Team All-NESCAC.
  • Finished third in the NESCAC in tackles (10.2/gm) and tied for seventh in tackles for loss (1.12/gm).


  • Senior Tight End Ryan Sykes (Charleston, SC)
  • Second-Team All-NESCAC.


  • Senior Quad-Captain Inside Linebacker Dave Borgonzi (Everett, MA)
  • Finished fourth in the NESCAC in tackles (10.0/gm).


  • Senior Quad-Captain Defensive Lineman B.J. Gaddour (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Tied for second in the NESCAC in fumble recoveries (2).
  • Academic All-NESCAC.


  • Senior Defensive Back Bryan Dolan (Londonderry, NH)
  • Academic All-NESCAC.


  • Junior Outside Linebacker Justin Roemer (Jupiter, FL)
  • One of just 11 players from NCAA Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA named to the 13th-Annual American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, which honors college football players across the country for their dedication and commitment to community service. Roemer was the only player chosen from NESCAC and the third consecutive recipient from Amherst, following former place-kicker Mike Proman ’03 and defensive back Paul Whiting ’04.
  • Finished sixth in the NESCAC in tackles (9.6/gm) and 10th in tackles for loss (1.06/gm).


  • Junior Defensive Lineman L.J. Spinnato (Madison, CT)
  • First-Team All-NESCAC.


  • Junior Outside Linebacker Joe Bickerstaffe (Norfolk, MA)
  • Academic All-NESCAC.


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