TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior offensive guard Kie Bates (Indianapolis/Ben Davis) and senior defensive tackle Dean Griffing (Plano, Ill./Aurora Christian), earned all-North Region honors from d3football.com, in results released by the national website.
Bates and Griffing were named third-team all-North Region honorees for their efforts on Rose-Hulman's first conference championship team since 1988 this fall.
Bates completed his fourth year as a starter on the offensive line, earning first-team all-conference honors this season and honorable mention all-league accolades in 2012. His blocks over 10 starts allowed Kyle Kovach to become the all-time leading rusher in 2012 and helped Ryan Landwehr set a total offense school record in 2013.
In addition, Bates helped the offense gain 4,154 yards of total offense to rank second in single-season school history. Rose-Hulman's 322 points scored this year also ranks No. 2 on the single-season list.
Griffing completed his fourth year as a key member of the Rose-Hulman defensive line this season. The two-time first-team all-conference honoree finished his career ranked third in Rose-Hulman history 20.5 sacks and amassed 140 tackles and 44.5 tackles-for-loss in his four years on the defensive line.
This season, Griffing ranked second in the HCAC in tackles-for-loss (16.5) and sacks (8.5) while leading the Fightin' Engineers in both categories. He also recorded two of Rose-Hulman's six blocked kicks this fall.
Rose-Hulman won a share of its first football conference championship since 1988 with a 7-3 record, including a 7-1 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Fightin' Engineers open the 2014 season at Kalamazoo College on Sept. 6.