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Mike Riley Named First-Team Associated Press All-American

Mike Riley Named First-Team Associated Press All-American

2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS LITTLE ALL-AMERICA D-III FOOTBALL TEAM

D3FOOTBALL.COM ALL-AMERICA TEAM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior Mike Riley has been selected to the 2017 Associated Press Little All-America Division III football team, released on Dec. 14 by the national organization.

Riley is one of four defensive linemen chosen to the first-team All-America squad.  He 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. 

Riley was also chosen as an honorable mention All-American on the D3football.com national team released Dec. 15.  He was later named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award as the nation's top NCAA Division II, III or NAIA defensive player.

Riley's accolades this season include being named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player and a second-team D3football.com all-North Region selection. 

Riley becomes the 19th All-American selection in the history of Rose-Hulman football, and is the first chosen to the AP Little All-America squad since Kyle Kovach in 2011.  He is also the first Fightin' Engineer since Todd Holthaus in 1992 to earn first-team All-American honors from a nationally recognized organization.

Riley also became the third defensive lineman in Fightin' Engineer history to earn All-American honors, joining Jake Vieck (2004) and Adam Helmerich (2006).

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.