TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed three football players on the Capital One NCAA Division III Football Academic All-America Team, including a pair of first-team honorees, in results released by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Senior Ryan Landwehr (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) claimed first-team honors at quarterback, while senior Matt Angel (Cassville, Mo.) earned first-team honors at placekicker. Only one first-team Academic All-America quarterback and placekicker are chosen from the over 250 football playing institutions at the NCAA Division III level.
Junior Nick Buchta (North Barrington, Ill./Lake Zurich) captured his second career Academic All-American award, earning second-team honors on the offensive line. Two teams of five offensive linemen are chosen from the over 250 NCAA Division III football institutions.
Angel, Buchta and Landwehr earned the 102nd, 103rd and 104th Academic All-American awards in the history of Rose-Hulman athletics. The football team has earned 34 awards in its history, including 15 first-team Academic All-American honors.
At least one Rose-Hulman student-athlete has earned Academic All-American honors for the last 28 years, the sixth longest streak among all NCAA Division I, II or III institutions. Buchta became the seventh player in school history to earn two Academic All-American awards, and the football program has earned 15 total Academic All-American accolades since 2002.
Landwehr set single-season school records for pass completions (234) and total offense (2,915 yards) this season. He finished second in single-season school history in completion percentage (65.0%) and touchdown passes (21). The three-time conference Offensive Player of the Week passed for 2,456 yards and also rushed for 459 yards and an HCAC leading 11 touchdowns to earn all-league recognition.
In the classroom, Landwehr carries a perfect 4.00 grade point average in electrical engineering and was honored as the Most Outstanding Sophomore for his academic achievements. He has also been named a Heminway Scholar, is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society, and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Landwehr also became the first Rose-Hulman quarterback chosen as a first-team Academic All-American. Jason Duff was a second-team Academic All-American at quarterback in 1988.
Angel tied for second on the team in scoring with 48 points this season to earn second-team all-conference recongition. He finished 4-6 on field goals, with a season-long effort of 35 yards, and also ranked second in single-season school history with 36 extra points made.
In the classroom, Angel carries a 3.98 grade point average as a mechanical engineering major. He is a member of the campus Alpha Lambda Delta honor fraternity and is also a Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity member on campus.
Buchta earned Academic All-American recognition for the second straight year due to his efforts at the left tackle position on the offensive line. His efforts helped the Rose-Hulman offense set a single-season school record for pass completions with 240 and plays run with 855. The 2013 offensive unit also ranked second in school history in touchdown passes (21), completion percentage (64.5%), total offense (4,150 yards), touchdowns scored (45) and total points (322).
In the classroom, Buchta holds a 3.94 grade point average as a mechanical engineering major. He has earned the Heminway Bronze Medal, was named Greek of the Year as a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.
Rose-Hulman earned its first football conference championship since 1988 this fall. The effort included a 7-1 league mark, the largest in-game comeback victory since 1988 (20 points against Bluffton) and tied for the team's best overall record since 1988 (7-3). The 2014 season opens on Sept. 6 with a trip to Kalamazoo College.