HAUTE, IND. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology preseason football camp is officially underway, in
preparation of the team's home opener against Kalamazoo College on
Nearly 100 players, including more than 55 freshman,
reported to the Rose-Hulman campus in mid-August to prepare for the
upcoming season. The freshman class of 55 marks the largest
in school history. The roster also represents over 20
The Fightin' Engineers finished 5-3 in
conference play last season and tied for second place in the HCAC
standings. Rose-Hulman returns five starters on offense, six
starters on defense and the starting punter from the 2011
Offensively, the Fightin'
Engineers return two all-conference players and five overall
starters. Senior Kyle Kovach
(Munster/Andrean) led NCAA Division III in all-purpose
yardage and earned SI.com/Associated Press Little All-American
honors last fall. Sophomore offensive tackle Eric
Taylor (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) earned second-team
all-league honors in 2011.
Senior quarterback Mitch
Snyder (Casey, Ill./Casey-Westfield) returns behind
center, with a total of three offensive line starters providing
depth up front. Snyder recorded the sixth 2,000-yard passing
season in Rose-Hulman history last fall.
Defensively, Rose-Hulman returns
two starters on the line, two at linebacker and two in the
secondary. Senior linebacker Ryan Gallagher
(Greenwood) claimed first-team all-league honors, with
sophomore linebacker Grant DePalma (Mount Prospect,
Ill./Prospect), junior defensive lineman Dean
Griffing (Plano, Ill./Aurora Christian) and senior
defensive back Jordan Martin (Shelbyville/Triton
Central) earning spots on the honorable mention
Junior punter Eric
Schaible (Findlay, Ohio) also returns after claiming
second-team all-league honors last fall with 15 punts inside the
opponent's 20-yard line and just four touchbacks.
Rose-Hulman's schedule begins
with a home matchup against Kalamazoo College on Saturday September
1 at 7 p.m. The Homecoming Game features a battle with
Manchester College on Sept. 22. The remaining home contests
include matchups with Bluffton, Anderson and Earlham.
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