HAUTE, IND. -- Two members of the Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology football team earned Capital One first-team academic
all-district honors, in results released by the College Sports
Information Directors of America.
Sophomores Nick Buchta (North Barrington, Ill./Lake
Zurich) and Zac Erba (Winona Lake,
Ind./Warsaw) captured first-team Academic All-District
accolades for their efforts on the gridiron and on the offensive
Buchta has appeared in eight games with seven starts for the
Fightin' Engineers this season. The left tackle provided
blocks that allowed senior Kyle Kovach to become the career rushing
leader at Rose-Hulman earlier this season and also offered blocks
in a career-high 342-yard passing effort by Mitch Snyder against
In the classroom, Buchta has a perfect 4.00 grade point average
as a mechanical engineering major.
Erba has started all 10 games as Rose-Hulman's long snapper on
the special teams unit. His snaps have allowed freshman Craig
Larew to make 23-27 extra points and four field goals, while junior
Eric Schaible has averaged 40.5 yards per punt on 61 kicks this
In the classroom, Erba has a perfect 4.00 grade point average
and is a member of the track and field team that won the 2012 HCAC
Buchta and Erba will advance to the national ballot, with
the national team released on Dec. 4.
Rose-Hulman will conclude its regular season with a matchup
against Earlham College on Saturday. The 1:30 p.m. "Battle of
the Borders Broadsword Game" will feature Senior Day for 10 members
of the Fightin' Engineers along with a chance for the team's school
record setting eighth straight season with a .500 or above winning
#1 in the nation for 15 years!
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