TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has placed four football players on the College Sports Information Directors of America NCAA Division III Academic All-District Seven squad for their efforts in the classroom and on the field this season.
Senior Zack Murphy, senior Matt Murray, senior Alec Thompson and sophomore Garrett Wight were honored by the CoSIDA for their performances. The four players each advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America national ballot, with the national teams scheduled for release December 13.
Murray earned second-team Academic All-America honors last year and was also a first-team Academic All-District selection in 2016. He earned first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors earlier this week and was the 2016 HCAC Special Teams Player of the Year.
Murray ranks No. 7 in NCAA Division III punting this year with an average of 41.7 yards per kick. He also made 9-11 from field goal range, highlighted by a 40-yard boot. In the classroom, he carries a 3.76 grade point average as a chemical engineering and mathematics double major.
Murphy had a breakthrough season at wide receiver with 38 receptions for 635 yards and seven touchdowns. He increased his career totals to 64 catches for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns with a season that included two 100-yard receiving performances.
In the classroom, the civil engineering major carries a 3.73 grade point average.
Thompson captured academic all-district honors last season and was a consensus first-team preseason All-American in 2017. He earned first-team all-HCAC honors for the third time this fall with 53 tackles, three interceptions with two touchdown returns and two blocked kicks.
Thompson's career totals include 133 tackles, 11 interceptions and 27 pass breakups as a Fightin' Engineer. In the classroom, he carries a 3.72 grade point average as a mechanical engineering major.
Wight became the first 1,000-yard rusher and the first HCAC rushing champion at Rose-Hulman since 2011 with his performance this season. He rushed for 1,036 yards and nine touchdowns, with one 200-yard game (Earlham) and five 100-yard rushing performances.
Wight closed the season with four consecutive 100-yard rushing performances. In the classrom, he carries a 3.96 grade point average as a mechanical engineering major.
Rose-Hulman finished 8-2 overall and were the HCAC runner-ups with a 7-1 record. The Fightin' Engineers open the 2018 season with a trip to perennial power Mount Union on Sept. 1.