Football Team Ranked #20, Mike Riley Named Preseason All-American

Football Team Ranked #20, Mike Riley Named Preseason All-American

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team has been ranked No. 20 nationally and senior Mike Riley has been named in a preseason All-American in Street & Smith's 2018 College Football Preview, available on newsstands nationwide.

Rose-Hulman was ranked No. 20 in the publication's preseason Top 25 poll after completing an 8-2 season last fall.  The Fightin' Engineers also appeared in the 2016 NCAA Division III Playoffs for the first time in program history as part of an 8-3 season.

Riley was named as one of four defensive ends on the Street & Smith's Division III All-America Team after a stellar 2017 season.  He led all NCAA Division I, II and III football players with 17 sacks during the 2017 regular season and was chosen a first-team NCAA Division III Associated Press Little All-America Team selection.  He was a finalist for the 2017 Cliff Harris Award as the nation's top defensive player, earned honorable mention All-American honors, and was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Riley recorded 53 tackles, 17 sacks and 20 tackles-for-loss during the 2017 season.  He ranks second in Rose-Hulman history with 21.5 sacks entering this year's campaign.

In addition, Riley has also been named to a first-team Podyum Preseason All-American.

Eighth-year head coach Jeff Sokol returns an experienced crew featuring four returning first-team all-conference players after the team's second-place finish in the HCAC last season.  Projected returnees who earned first-team all-league honors last year include Riley; safety John Kirby; offensive lineman Lucas Leiner; and HCAC rushing champion Garrett Wight.  The offense also returns its starting quarterback in honorable mention all-league honoree Andrew Dion along with four members of the offensive line. 

The 2018 HCAC champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs, which begin on Nov. 17.

Rose-Hulman has a high profile season opener, traveling to No. 1 ranked Mount Union to face the defending national champions on Sept. 1.  The home opener is Sept. 8 against Rhodes College.

2018 STREET & SMITH PRESEASON TOP 25 (2017 Record in Parenthesis)
 1. Mount Union (15-0)
 2. Wisconsin-Oshkosh (12-1)
 3. Mary Hardin-Baylor (14-1)
 4. St. Thomas (11-2)
 5. Linfield (9-2)
 6. Wisconsin-Whitewater (7-3)
 7. North Central (10-2)
 8. Wesley (10-2)
 9. Washington & Jefferson (11-1)
 10. Delaware Valley (12-1)
 11. Saint John's (9-2)
 12. John Carroll (6-4)
 13. Wheaton (Ill.) (8-2)
 14. Hardin-Simmons (9-2)
 15. Wartburg (12-1)
 16. Frostburg State (11-2)
 17. Franklin & Marshall (10-1)
 18. Johns Hopkins (9-2)
 19. Washington and Lee (8-3)
 20. Rose-Hulman (8-2)
 21. Springfield (10-1)
 22. Trinity (Conn.) (8-1)
 23. Alfred (8-3)
 24. Amherst (7-2)
 25. Cortland State (7-4)