Five Rose-Hulman Football Players Named All-Region

Five Rose-Hulman Football Players Named All-Region

D3FOOTBALL.COM ALL-NORTH REGION TEAM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology set a program school record with five NCAA Division III All-North Region selections from d3football.com, in results released by the national website on Tuesday.

Senior Shawn McCown and junior Alec Thompson captured second-team all-region honors, while junior Matt Murray, senior Kevin Nowak and junior Parker Young were third-team honorees.  The school record five all-region honorees came for a Rose-Hulman squad that captured the 2016 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and competed in the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs for the first time in school history this fall.

McCown started all 11 games at right guard after missing the 2015 season due to injury.  The first-team all-conference selection served as team captain for an offense that generated 354 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. 

Thompson earned second-team all-North Region honors after capturing third-team all-region accolades in 2015.  The two-time, first-team all-HCAC selection led the team with 11 pass breakups and snagged three interceptions at cornerback this season.  His career totals include 80 tackles, eight interceptions and 15 pass breakups.

Murray was named HCAC Special Teams Player of the Year and first-team all-league for his all-around special teams effort.  He averaged 38.1 yards per punt with 15 kicks inside the 20-yard line, and was also 5-6 on field goals and 28-30 on extra points this season.  The team's kickoff specialist also recorded 15 touchbacks.

Nowak earned three career all-conference honors, highlighted by a first-team all-league selection in 2016.  He led the team with five interceptions this season and ranks fifth in school history with 15 career interceptions.  Nowak ranks third in Rose-Hulman history with 44 passes defensed, including 29 pass breakups.  His career totals included 219 tackles and 18 tackles-for-loss.

Young battled back from injury to start at right tackle for the majority of the 2016 season.  The first-team all-league right tackle helped the Fightin' Engineers rush for 1,876 yards and 19 touchdowns, while passing for 2,579 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2016.

Rose-Hulman finished 8-3 overall and won the HCAC regular season championship with a 7-1 conference record.  The 2017 season begins Sept. 2 with a road matchup at Illinois College.