Crusaders Named D3Football.com All-Americans
Senior safety John Lunardi, of Exton, Pa., and sophomore punter Bobby Eppleman, of Chester Springs, Pa., earned spots on the 2008 D3Football.com All-America team Dec. 20.
Lunardi and Eppleman both landed on the D3Football.com all–East Region first team on Dec. 9 before earning this second-team All-America honor. Eppleman was the only non-junior or senior to land on the All-America first or second team.
Junior offensive tackle Drew Champney, of Victor, N.Y., was an all-region third-teamer.
Lunardi, a 2008 Susquehanna co-captain, finished the season ranked second in NCAA Division III in passes defended per game with 2.10 (21 in 10 games). He led the Liberty League in that category, as well as in passes broken up (16). He also intercepted five passes for 72 return yards and made 61 tackles (34 solo), including one for a loss. He was an all-Liberty first-teamer this year.
Eppleman was an all-Liberty first-teamer at punter this year and a second-team honoree at place-kicker. His average of 42.74 yards per punt was good for third in Division III. He led the Liberty in that category. He also set a Susquehanna record this year with a 73-yard punt in a 10–3 win over Juniata College on Sept. 13. Fourteen of his punts landed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line in 2008, and none were blocked. He was the Liberty’s Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 15 and Oct. 6.
Champney was a unanimous all-Liberty first-teamer this year. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound left tackle started all 10 games for Susquehanna last season and protected the blind side of a right-handed quarterback. He also helped pave the way for a multiple-record-breaking tailback.
Contributing writers to Scoreboard are Robert Edward Healy III, Cory Prescott ‘10 and Kelly Stemcosky ‘11.