HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore
Grant DePalma (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) has
been named the NCAA Division III Football National Defensive Player
of the Week for his efforts in Saturday's Homecoming win over
NCAA.com declared DePalma as the National Player of the Week
after his performance that included 20 tackles and 18 solo
efforts. He became just the fifth player in Rose-Hulman
history to compile 20 tackles in a game and also recorded four
sacks and six tackles-for-loss.
In addition, DePalma was named to the Beyond College Sports
Network National Team of the Week, the d3football.com
National Team of the Week, and he was also named the
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the
Week for his performance.
DePalma's total of 20 tackles ranks as the third most in an NCAA
Division III football game this season. His four sacks ranks
second on the season's national single game list, and his 18 solo
tackles are the most in any NCAA Division III game this season.
The civil engineering major narrowly missed Rose-Hulman's
single-game school records of 4.5 sacks and 22 tackles in the
performance. He currently leads the HCAC with 30 solo tackles
and stands as the conference leader with 4.5 sacks.
With the score 28-26 in the game's final two minutes, the
Fightin' Engineer defense stopped a Manchester two-point play that
could have forced overtime.
Rose-Hulman improved to 2-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference play and 2-2 on the season. The Fightin' Engineers
travel to Hanover College on Saturday.