Four Fightin' Engineers Earn D3football.com All-Region Honors

Four Fightin' Engineers Earn D3football.com All-Region Honors

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed four players on the D3football.com All-North Region Football Team, in results released by the website on Wednesday.

Senior cornerback Alec Thompson earned first-team all-region honors.  Senior linebacker Kaelen Garner, junior defensive end Mike Riley and senior offensive center Parker Young were second-team all-region honors.

Thompson was named a consensus first-team preseason All-American and backed up the accolades with his on-field play.  He is a three-time all-conference and three-time D3football.com all-region performer with 53 tackles, three interceptions with two touchdown returns and two blocked kicks in 2017.  Thompson's career totals include 133 tackles, 11 interceptions and 27 pass breakups as a Fightin' Engineer.

Garner earned first-team all-HCAC honors for the third consecutive year and is a first-time all-region honoree.  He recorded 52 tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss and 7.5 sacks and ranks No. 2 in NCAA Division III with four blocked kicks this season.  Garner increased his career totals to 211 tackles, 41 tackles-for-loss, 20.5 sacks and five blocked kicks as a Fightin' Engineer.

Riley completed the 2017 regular season as the NCAA all-divisions leader in sacks (17) and sacks per game (1.7) to set a new Rose-Hulman single-season record.  The software engineering major tallied totals of 53 tackles, 20 tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, in addition to his 17 sacks.  His career totals include 86 tackles, 21.5 sacks and 28 tackles-for-loss.

Young played every position on the offensive line at some point in his career, with the majority of time coming at center in 2017.  He earned two first-team all-HCAC honors in his career and was a three-year starter on the Fightin' Engineer offensive line.  This mark Young's second D3football.com all-North Region honor. 

Rose-Hulman finished 8-2 under the leadership of head coach Jeff Sokol, who improved his career record to 48-23 in seven years at Rose-Hulman.  The Fightin' Engineers were 7-1 in league play to earn outright league runner-up honors.  Rose-Hulman opens the 2018 season at perennial power Mount Union on Sept. 1.