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Fall Student-Athletes Earn Top Marks On, Off Playing Fields

December 4, 2014

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Football Academic All-Americans: Earning first- and second-team Academic All-American honors this fall were (from left) senior offensive lineman Eric Taylor, senior tight end Zac Erba, junior defensive back Chris Sander, junior receiver Aaron Abbott, and senior offensive lineman Nick Buchta. This is the first time in Rose-Hulman history that four players have been chosen first team in the same sport in the same year. (Photos by Chris Minnick)

Six Rose-Hulman student-athletes have earned Capital One Academic All-American honors after achieving success in the classroom and on their playing fields this fall. The group has a 3.93 accumulative grade point average (GPA).

At least one Rose-Hulman student-athlete has earned Academic All-American honors for the last 29 years, the sixth longest streak among all NCAA institutions (Division I, II, or III). There have been 110 Academic All-Americans in the history of Rose-Hulman athletics.

Five football players and one women’s soccer player recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America were:

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Senior Academic All-American: Junior Mallory McDevitt became the eighth women’s soccer player to earn Academic All-American honors. She has a 4.0 grade point average in electrical engineering.

Four Fightin' Engineers were among the 25 football players selected to the first-team Academic All-America squad, marking the first time in Rose-Hulman history that four players have been chosen first team in the same sport in the same year.

The football team has earned 39 Academic All-American awards in its history, including 19 first-team selections.

Meanwhile, Rose-Hulman once again led the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) with 42 academic all-conference honorees during the fall sports season. The football team had 12 academic all-conference honorees, followed by women's soccer with eight award winners.

The successful fall sports season featured the men’s cross country qualifying for the NCAA Division III national championship after winning the HCAC title, and the men’s soccer team playing in the NCAA tournament for the second straight season as the HCAC postseason champion. Also, the volleyball, women’s tennis, and women’s soccer qualified for their HCAC tournaments, and the football team posted a 7-3 record for the second straight year in a season that featured 37 team school records.