Three Football Players Named Academic All-District

746-acad-districtTERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Three members of the Rose-Hulman football team captured first-team Capital One academic all-district honors in results released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Seniors Jeff Ketchum (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore), Jordan Nielson (Syracuse, Utah/Clearfield) and Nick Schneider (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) were chosen to the first-team NCAA Division III academic all-district seven squad.

The trio will advance to the NCAA Division III Academic All-America National Ballot, with the team release scheduled for Tuesday December 6.  They have helped Rose-Hulman achieve a team record of 23-16 during their college careers.

Ketchum has started all 39 games of his Rose-Hulman career at the tackle position and has been a second-team all-league selection in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  His efforts have helped 2009 graduate Derek Eitel, 2010 graduate Reed Eason and current tailback Kyle Kovach earn some of the top passing, receiving and rushing records in school history.

The mechanical engineering major is a Dean's List honoree and a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Nielson leads the Fightin' Engineers with 494 receiving yards and ranks second on the team with 37 catches for a 13.4 average-per-catch and three touchdowns.  His top effort was a seven-reception, 117-yard performance against DePauw University in the season opener.

The mechanical engineering major is a two-sport athlete who is also a member of the basketball team.  He also completed a two-year LDS religious mission abroad.

Schneider holds every major Rose-Hulman placekicking school record with career totals of 127 extra points, 29 field goals and 214 kicking points.  This season, Schneider is 7-10 on field goals and 16-19 on extra points to rank second on the squad with 37 points.

The mechanical engineering major is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and has been involved in multiple community service projects with his fraternity and academic major.

Rose-Hulman will complete the 2011 season in the Battle of the Borders Broadsword Game at Earlham College on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  The Fightin' Engineers will look for their 11th straight win in the series and could earn a share of second place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a win and a loss by Hanover to Franklin on Saturday.