Six First-Team Selections Lead All-HCAC Honors

Six First-Team Selections Lead All-HCAC Honors

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed six football players on the first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference squad and 14 total players received league-wide recognition in awards released on Wednesday.

Senior wide receiver Aaron Abbott, senior offensive tackle T.J. Demos, senior wide receiver Alec Fisher, sophomore linebacker Kaelen Garner, junior defensive lineman Connor Kispert and sophomore cornerback Alec Thompson represented Rose-Hulman on the first-team all-conference honors.

Rose-Hulman also placed six players on the second-team all-league team.  Sophomore safety Tyler Brutofsky, sophomore running back Kevin Dufauchard, sophomore linebacker Mike Henry, senior kicker/punter Craig Larew, junior tight end Joe Moehrle and junior quarterback Austin Swenson each earned second-team all-conference honors for their performances this fall.

Senior Jacob Dye and senior Chris Sander were selected to the honorable mention all-conference squad to round out Rose-Hulman's 14 honorees.  Garner also claimed a spot on the league's all-sportsmanship team.

Abbott set Rose-Hulman's career school records with 218 receptions for 2,509 yards this season and stands second in school history with 26 touchdown catches.  Abbott led the 2015 team with 53 receptions for 626 yards and three touchdowns receiving, and also rushed for 211 yards and nine touchdown on 35 rushing attempts.  The award marks Abbott's second career all-conference award.

Demos started every game of his Rose-Hulman career and is part of an offensive unit that has set more than 40 school records over the past two seasons.   The two-time all-conference award winner was the team's starting right tackle this fall.  His efforts helped Rose-Hulman set team school records for points scored (426), touchdowns (58), extra points (52), passing efficiency as a team (162.8) and fewest sacks allowed (8). 

Fisher earned first-team all-HCAC honors for the second consecutive year after leading the team with 701 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions this season.  He hauled in 46 passes at a 15.2 yard-per-catch average despite missing the last two games of the year.  Fisher set Rose-Hulman's school record with 27 career touchdown catches this fall and has hauled in 149 catches for 1,863 yards in his career.

Garner led Rose-Hulman with 60 tackles, including 41 solo efforts, this season.  He also had six tackles-for-loss, one sack and one interception.  Garner increased his career totals to 111 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and seven pass breakups as part of a unit that led the conference in total defense by allowing just 310.4 yards per game.

Kispert ranked second in the HCAC in tackles-for-loss and second in the league in sacks to lead the defensive line this season.  He tallied 38 tackles, 19.5 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks, with three forced fumbles and three quarterback hurries.  Kispert's career totals include 67 tackles, 27 tackles-for-loss and 12.5 sacks.

Thompson moved from the offensive to the defensive side of the ball for his sophomore season and became one of the top cornerbacks in the conference.  He tied for team-high honors with five interceptions and ranked third on the team with 41 tackles, including 28 solo efforts.  Thompson also recorded four pass breakups.

Brutofsky tied for team-high honors with five interceptions and recorded 32 tackles and one fumble recovery this season.  His career totals include 82 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, six interceptions, six pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

Dufauchard started for Rose-Hulman in his first year in the Fightin' Engineer backfield, leading the team with 945 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.  He crossed the 100-yard mark in a game three times this season, highlighted by a career-high 192 yards on 46 carries against Mount St. Joseph.

Henry ranked second on the team with 53 tackles, highlighted by 29 solo efforts.  He also recorded six tackles-for-loss, three sacks, one fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries this season. Henry's career totals include 61 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, four sacks and one fumble recovery.

Larew capped his career ranked second in school history in career extra points (117) and total kicking points (165).  He finished 49-50 on extra points and 6-12 on field goals this season.  His career totals include 16 field goals to go along with 117 extra points.  As a punter, Larew averaged 39.2 yards per kick this season with 14 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line and four punts beyond 50 yards.

Moehrle moved to the tight end position and made 34 receptions for 550 yards and seven touchdowns this season.  He improved his career totals to 89 receptions for 1,111 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.  Moehrle is also a two-time HCAC Play of the Week recipient in his career.

Swenson completed 196-of-287 passes for 2,374 yards and 26 touchdowns.  His completion percentage (68.3%) and passing efficiency rating (165.58) ranked as school record performances.  He established a new career school record with 57 touchdown passes and ranks in Rose-Hulman's career top five in completions (490) and passing yards (5,862).

Dye hauled in 31 receptions for 399 yards and eight touchdowns at the wide receiver position this fall.  He ranks in Rose-Hulman's career top 10 in career receptions (136), receiving yards (1,719) and touchdown catches (14).

Sander started all 10 games at the safety position with 40 tackles, one interceptions, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles.  His career totals include 182 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss, three interceptions, 22 pass breakups and one fumble recovery.

Rose-Hulman finished 8-2 overall this season for its first eight-win season since 1988.  The Fightin' Engineers also crossed the eight-win mark in a season for the fifth time in school history.  Rose-Hulman tied for second place in the HCAC standings with Mount St. Joseph, behind NCAA Playoff qualifier Franklin.  The 2016 season begins at home on Sept. 3 with a home matchup against Illinois College.