SALEM, VA. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior defensive tackle Dean Griffing (Plano, Ill./Aurora Christian) and senior Eric Schaible (Findlay, Ohio) competed in the fifth annual D-III Senior Classic on Friday night.
Griffing and Schaible competed for the South All-Star Team, which narrowly lost 10-7 to the North All-Stars in the contest.
Griffing led the South Team and finished second among all players in the contest with six tackles. Schaible booted two punts for a 31.0 yard average in heavy winds, including a 43-yard effort.
The D-III Senior Classic took place in Salem, Va., at the site of next weekend's 2013 NCAA Division III Football Championship game. The game included several of the nation's top Division III players and has the mission "to provide more opportunity for small college players to gain exposure to the pro scouts."
Griffing earned first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors in 2012 and 2013, and was named a Beyond Sports Network preseason All-American this season. He tallied 52 tackles, 16.5 tackles-for-loss, 8.5 sacks and two blocked kicks this season to lead the Fightin' Engineer defensive line.
The mechanical engineering major completed his Rose-Hulman career with 140 tackles, 44.5 tackles-for-loss and ranks third in school history with 20.5 sacks.
Schaible captured second-team all-conference honors in 2012 and 2013, and leads all current NCAA Division III players in career punting attempts. He established career school record for punting attempts (224), punting yards (8,663) and punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line (49).
The chemical engineering major had just eight touchbacks in his career to go along with the 49 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Griffing and Schaible helped Rose-Hulman earn its first conference championship in football since 1988 this fall. The Fightin' Engineers finished 7-3 and earned a share of the HCAC title at 7-1 in league play. The 2014 season begins on Sept. 6 at Kalamazoo.
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