TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior defensive lineman Dean Griffing (Plano, Ill./Aurora Christian) has earned preseason NCAA Division III All-American recognition from two national organizations.
Griffing was named a first-team preseason All-American on the USA Football Network Division III squad and captured honorable mention All-American honors from Beyond Sports Network.
The extensive USA Football Network list also listed three Fightin' Engineers as players to watch for the upcoming season. Sophomore Aaron Abbott (Lebanon, Ohio) and Jacob Dye (Tipton) joined senior Eric Schaible (Findlay, Ohio) on the mentioned list.
Abbott led Rose-Hulman in receptions (49) and touchdown catches (6) last season, while rushing for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Dye paced the Fightin' Engineers in receiving yards (570) and average per catch (14.6) with 39 receptions and five touchdowns. Schaible ranked second in the HCAC in punting average (40.5) with eight kicks inside the 20 and just one touchback.
Last season, Griffing ranked second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in tackles-for-loss (16) and sacks (10). He led Rose-Hulman defensive linemen with 52 tackles and also contributed four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup on the season.
The mechanical engineering major was also named HCAC Player of the Week for his efforts against Mount St. Joseph that included 14 tackles and 4.5 tackles-for-loss. He was a first-team all-HCAC selection in 2012 after earning honorable mention all-league accolades in 2011.
Rose-Hulman completed the 2012 season with a 5-5 record and a 5-3 mark in HCAC play. The Fightin' Engineers open the 2013 season at Kalamazoo College on Sept. 7.