HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football players
combined for 10 awards from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference, including four first-team all-league honors, in
balloting conducted by league head coaches.
First-team all-conference honorees included senior
center Trey Cahill (Auburn/DeKalb), 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
Second-team all-conference award winners included freshman
receiver Aaron Abbott (Lebanon, Ohio), freshman
receiver Jacob Dye (Tipton), senior running
back Kyle Kovach (Munster/Andrean) and junior
punter Eric Schaible (Findlay, Ohio).
Honorable mention all-conference honorees included junior
offensive tackle Kie Bates (Indianapolis/Ben
Davis) and senior quarterback Mitch Snyder (Casey,
Cahill started 29 games and appeared in 34 contests as a
four-year member of the offensive line. His efforts helped
the Fightin' Engineers gain 3,284 yards in total offense in nine
games, including 1,889 passing and 1,395 rushing yards.
DePalma ranked among the national leaders with 71 solo hits
among his 100 total tackles this season. He earned NCAA
Division III National Player of the Week for his efforts in the
Homecoming win over Manchester and ranked second on the team with
14.5 tackles-for-loss and 7.5 sacks.
Griffing paced the team and ranked in the league's top two in
sacks and tackles-for-loss this fall. He amassed 52 tackles,
16 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks, along with two forced
fumbles. Griffing was also named HCAC Player of the Week for
his efforts against Mount St. Joseph that included 14 tackles and
Martin finished second on the team with 83 tackles, including 45
solo hits and one interception. His career featured a total
of 227 career tackles, with exactly 83 in each of the past two
years. In addition, Martin earned a spot on the HCAC
Abbott was twice named HCAC Player of the Week as part of a
strong freshman season. He led the team with 49 receptions
and six touchdown catches, gaining 505 receiving yards. He
also rushed for 235 yards on 8.4 yards per carry and three
Dye hauled in 39 receptions for 570 yards and five touchdowns,
including a 64-yard scoring strike that marked Rose-Hulman's
longest pass play of the season. He finished fourth on the
team in scoring with 30 points.
Kovach battled through an injury plagued year to rush for 626
yards and eight touchdowns in roughly 20 quarters of action.
He holds school records with 3,631 rushing yards and 6,134
all-purpose yards, and completed his career with two 1,000-yard
rushinh seasons and 100 career receptions for 930 yards.
Bates started at the tackle position and provided blocks for the
balanced offensive attack this season. His career features 27
varsity appearances and 19 consecutive starts.
Snyder finished 170-304 through the air for 1,725 yards and 13
touchdowns as the team's starting quarterback. He passed for
5,133 career yards and 40 touchdowns to rank third in Rose-Hulman's
career record book.