TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed three players selected on the CoSIDA Academic All-America NCAA Division III Football Team, in results released by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Senior defensive back Chris Sander was named a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American for his efforts on the gridiron and in the classroom. Senior wide receiver Aaron Abbott and junior tight end Joe Moehrle captured second-team Academic All-American honors.
Sander earns his second consecutive first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American award with this year's efforts. Abbott joins Sander as a two-time Academic All-American, while Moehrle picks up his first career Academic All-American honor.
Rose-Hulman student-athletes have now combined for 116 Academic All-American awards, including 30 consecutive years with at least one Academic All-American. The 30-year streak ranks sixth among all NCAA institutions and first in NCAA Division III. The football program alone has earned 23 total Academic All-American accolades since 2002.
Sander amassed 182 career tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a three-year starter in the Rose-Hulman secondary. This season, he tallied 40 tackles, two forced fumbles, one interception, one fumble recovery and six pass breakups. He has also started all 10 games for a defensive unit that led the HCAC in fewest yards allowed per game and ranked second in scoring defense.
In the classroom, Sander carries a perfect 4.00 grade point average as a chemical engineering major. He is a member of the American Society of Chemical Engineers and the Rose-Hulman HERE program.
Abbott completed his four years as a Fightin' Engineer with Rose-Hulman school records of 218 receptions and 2,509 receiving yards. He also ranks second in program history with 26 career touchdown receptions. This season, Abbott caught 53 passes for 626 yards and three touchdowns. The dual threat also rushed for 211 yards and nine touchdowns this season, increasing his career totals to 536 rushing yards and 12 rushing scores.
In the classroom, Abbott has a 3.84 grade point average as a mechanical engineering major.
Moehrle started at the tight end position with 34 receptions for 550 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Known for acrobatic catches, Moehrle has twice earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Play of the Week honors during his career. He has hauled in 89 receptions for 1,111 yards and 12 touchdowns during his first three years at Rose-Hulman.
In the classroom, Moehrle carries a 3.79 grade point average as a mechanical engineering major.
Rose-Hulman completed its fifth season with eight or more wins in school history this fall. The Fightin' Engineers finished 8-2 for their best record since 1988 and tied for second place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings. The 2016 season begins with a home game against Illinois College on Sept. 3.