Two Special Awards Lead 14 All-HCAC Honors

Two Special Awards Lead 14 All-HCAC Honors

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology captured two special awards and 13 players were named all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in results released by the league office on Wednesday.

Jeff Sokol was named HCAC Coach of the Year after helping lead Rose-Hulman to the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time in 118 seasons of Fightin' Engineer football.  Junior Matt Murray also captured a special award as the HCAC Special Teams Player of the Year.

Rose-Hulman earned seven first-team all-HCAC awards after finishing the season 8-3 overall and tying for the league championship at 7-1 in league play.  The Fightin' Engineers competed in the NCAA Playoffs by virtue of defeating league co-champion Franklin 23-22 on the road in October.

First-team all-league honorees included defensive backs Tyler Brutofsky, Kevin Nowak and Alec Thompson; linebacker Kaelen Garner; offensive linemen Shawn McCown and Parker Young; and punter Matt Murray.

Second-team all-conference award winners included defensive linemen Kyle Brewer and Connor Kispert; wide receiver Alec Fisher; linebacker Mike Henry; running back Stanley Hogan III; and tight end Michael Iacono.

Rose-Hulman also had three players capture honorable mention all-conference accolades.  Defensive backs John Kirby and Sterling Mitchell were joined by quarterback Austin Swenson on the honorable mention all-league squad.  McCown was also honored with a spot on the league's all-sportsmanship team.

Sokol improved his overall career record to 40-20 to move into first place on Rose-Hulman's football coaching winning percentage list (.667).  He also improved his career record in HCAC play to 35-13 (.729).

Brutofsky recorded 37 tackles, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and six pass breakups in the secondary this season.  The two-time all-conference selection was also cited for his efforts as a punt returner, with 23 punt returns for 127 yards and a long return of 17 yards.  Brutofsky increased his career totals to 119 tackles and eight interceptions.

Nowak tallied 36 tackles, five interceptions and two forced fumbles in eight games in the secondary.  The four-year starter and three-time all-league honoree has tallied 216 tackles, 15 interceptions and 27 pass breakups as a Fightin' Engineer.

Thompson earned his second first-team all-league award after recording 32 tackles, three interceptions and a team-high nine pass breakups.  His career totals include 73 tackles, 13 pass breakups and eight interceptions at Rose-Hulman.

Garner led Rose-Hulman with seven sacks and ranked second on the team with 38 tackles.  The three-year starter and two-time all-conference honoree has tallied 149 tackles, 10 sacks and seevn pass breakups in his career.

McCown started all 10 games at right guard after missing the 2015 season due to injury.  He also served as team captain for an offense that generated 347 points, including 36.0 points per game during a key five-game stretch in October that put Rose-Hulman in position for the league title.

Young battled back from injury to start at right tackle for the majority of the 2016 season.  His efforts helped the Fightin' Engineers rush for 1,769 yards and 18 touchdowns, while passing for 2,476 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2016.

Brewer recorded 20 tackles, four sacks, and nine tackles for a loss this season for Rose-Hulman. The senior registered 101 tackles, nine total sacks, and 18 tackles for loss over the course of his Fightin' Engineer career.

Kispert also anchored a strong defensive line for RHIT.  This season he registered 34 total tackles, had 2.5 sacks and recorded 12 tackles for loss.  Kispert also forced one fumble this season.  Over the course of his Rose-Hulman career Kispert recorded 101 total tackles, 15 sacks, 39 tackles for loss. 

Fisher became one of the most decorated wide-outs in Rose-Hulman history this season.  The senior led RHIT with 53 receptions, 626 yards and eight reception touchdowns.  Fisher's one-handed touchdown grab against Manchester was featured on ESPN last month.  Fisher needs just nine more yards to be the All-time reception leader at Rose-Hulman.

Henry recorded 45 tackles, including 31 solo efforts, to provide depth to the Rose-Hulman linebacking corps.  Henry added 2.5 tackles-for-loss and has crossed 100 career tackles with 106 total stops.  He recorded a season-high 10 tackles in the NCAA Playoff Game against North Central.

Hogan was Rose-Hulman's leading rusher this season with 733 yards.  He scored five touchdowns for the Fightin' Engineers.  Hogan also caught 20 passes for 130 yards in 2016.  Hogan was also named HCAC Offensive Player of the Week one time this year.

Iacono rounded out the second team selections for Rose-Hulman.  The tight-end was second on the team with 45 receptions for 447 yards this year.  Iacono also caught a career high 5 touchdown passes in 2016.

Kirby led the Fightin' Engineers defense this season with 61 total tackles.  The sophomore defensive back had three pass break-ups and two interceptions in 2016.

Mitchell led Rose-Hulman this season with seven pass break-ups.  The senior defensive back recorded 25 total tackles this season and for his career had 55 total tackles and 11 pass break-ups.

Swenson rounded out the honorable mention team.  The senior quarterback is on of the most decorated athletes in Rose-Hulman history.  This season Swenson has thrown for 2,328 yards and 24 touchdowns.  Swenson holds 23 school records and has thrown for 8,190 yards and 81 touchdowns over his four-year career.