TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology seniors Kaelen Garner, Alec Thompson and Parker Young will compete in the 8th annual National Bowl Game on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The National Bowl features the best NCAA Division ll and Division lll college athletes, with the goal of showcasing potential talent to NFL and CFL teams. Brian Ferguson, assistant coach at Tuskingum College and a former NFL and AFL Coach, will coach the American Team. Bobby Rome, a former NFL and European League player, will coach the National Team in the contest.
Former NFL & AFL Coach Brian Ferguson Assistant Coach at Tusculum College will return for the 4th year in a row to Head Coach the American Team while former NFL Player, Team America, UNC Football, and Pro European Coach Bobby Rome is set to Head Coach the National Team in the 8th annual National Bowl.
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.
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 (7-1 in HCAC play) under the leadership of head coach Jeff Sokol, who improved his career record to 48-23 in seven years as head coach.