TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- A school record six 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.
Sophomore Aaron Abbott (Lebanon, Ohio), senior Matt Angel (Cassville, Mo.), junior Nick Buchta (North Barrington, Ill./Lake Zurich), senior Ryan Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe Valley), sophomore Chris Sander (Baileyville, Ill./Forreston) and junior Eric Taylor (Chapel Hill, N.C./Carrboro) were selected in a vote of NCAA Division III sports information professionals from across Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.
The six players have led Rose-Hulman into second place in the HCAC standings at 5-1 in conference play, and in the classroom the group has a combined grade point average of 3.93.
Abbott ranked in the top 10 nationally in receiving touchdowns before suffering an injury in the sixth game of the season. He leads the team with seven touchdown receptions and tallied 40 receptions for 451 yards and an 11.3 yard average-per-catch. In the classroom, the mechanical engineering major carries a 3.89 grade point average.
Angel has made 27-29 extra points and 4-6 field goals to rank third on the Fightin' Engineers in scoring with 39 points this season. His season-long field goal is 35 yards, and the first-year starting placekicker is a perfect 2-2 under 30 yards. The mechanical engineering major has a 3.98 grade point average.
Buchta was a second-team Capital One Academic All-American last season and has started at the tackle position throughout his junior season at Rose-Hulman. His efforts have allowed the offense to gain over 3,000 yards of total offense and score over 30 points in a game four times this season. The mechanical engineering major carries a 3.94 grade point average.
Landwehr has made the most of his first season at starting quarterback, completing 185-291 passes for 1,918 yards and 14 touchdowns. The versatile Landwehr has also rushed for 333 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns on the ground. He ranks second in the HCAC in nearly every passing category, and the electrical engineering major has a 4.00 grade point average.
Sander ranks second on the Fightin' Engineers with 53 tackles and has added five pass breakups, one interception and one tackle-for-loss this season. Rose-Hulman has also blocked six kicks on special teams this season, and Sander is tied for the team high with two. The chemical engineering major also has a 3.89 grade point average.
Taylor has earned all-conference honors during his career on the offensive line and has emerged as the starting center this season. Like Buchta, his efforts have allowed the offense to gain over 3,000 yards of total offense and score over 30 points in a game four times this season. The computer engineering major has a 3.87 grade point average.
Rose-Hulman returns to the gridiron on Saturday, when the 5-3 Fightin' Engineers travel to Anderson University for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup. The team could achieve an outright second place finish in the conference standings with wins in the final two games at Anderson and Earlham, which would mark the best Rose-Hulman football conference finish since 1988.