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Football Ranked #19 and 20, Mike Riley Four-Time Preseason All-American

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team has been ranked No. 19 and No. 20 by two national preseason football publications, in results released in July.

Rose-Hulman is ranked No. 19 in the NCAA Division III "Starting Lineup" in the College Football America Yearbook and No. 20 in Street & Smith's 2018 College Football Preview.

In addition, senior Mike Riley has been named in a preseason All-American in the College Football America Yearbook, Street & Smith's Preview, by D3football.com and on the Podyum Preseason All-America Team.

Rose-Hulman was ranked No. 19 and No. 20 in the preseason national publications after completing an 8-2 season last fall.  The Fightin' Engineers also appeared in the 2016 NCAA Division III Playoffs for the first time in program history as part of an 8-3 season.

Riley was named as one of four defensive ends on the Street & Smith's Division III All-America Team after a stellar 2017 season.  He led all NCAA Division I, II and III football players with 17 sacks during the 2017 regular season and was chosen a first-team NCAA Division III Associated Press Little All-America Team selection.  He was a finalist for the 2017 Cliff Harris Award as the nation's top defensive player, earned honorable mention D3football.com All-American honors, and was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player.

Riley recorded 53 tackles, 17 sacks and 20 tackles-for-loss during the 2017 season.  He ranks second in Rose-Hulman history with 21.5 sacks entering this year's campaign.

Eighth-year head coach Jeff Sokol returns an experienced crew featuring four returning first-team all-conference players after the team's second-place finish in the HCAC last season.  Projected returnees who earned first-team all-league honors last year include Riley; safety John Kirby; offensive lineman Lucas Leiner; and HCAC rushing champion Garrett Wight.  The offense also returns its starting quarterback in honorable mention all-league honoree Andrew Dion along with four members of the offensive line. 

The 2018 HCAC champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs, which begin on Nov. 17.

Rose-Hulman has a high profile season opener, traveling to No. 1 ranked Mount Union to face the defending national champions on Sept. 1.  The home opener is Sept. 8 against Rhodes College.

2018 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AMERICA DIVISION III PRESEASON TOP 30
1. Mount Union
2. Mary Hardin-Baylor
3. St. Thomas
4. Wisconsin-Whitewater
5. Wisconsin-Oshkosh
6. Saint John's (MN)
7. Linfield
8. North Central
9. Wesley
10. Delaware Valley
11. Hardin-Simmons
12. Washington & Jefferson
13. John Carroll
14. Frostburg State
15. Wartburg
16. Wheaton
17. Johns Hopkins
18. Berry
19. Rose-Hulman
20. Franklin & Marshall
21. Washington & Lee
22. Brockport
23. Alfred
24. Franklin
25. Wittenberg
26. Huntingdon
27. Framingham State
28. Springfield
29. Trinity (CT)
30. SUNY Cortland

2018 STREET & SMITH PRESEASON TOP 25 (2017 Record in Parenthesis)
 1. Mount Union (15-0)
 2. Wisconsin-Oshkosh (12-1)
 3. Mary Hardin-Baylor (14-1)
 4. St. Thomas (11-2)
 5. Linfield (9-2)
 6. Wisconsin-Whitewater (7-3)
 7. North Central (10-2)
 8. Wesley (10-2)
 9. Washington & Jefferson (11-1)
 10. Delaware Valley (12-1)
 11. Saint John's (9-2)
 12. John Carroll (6-4)
 13. Wheaton (Ill.) (8-2)
 14. Hardin-Simmons (9-2)
 15. Wartburg (12-1)
 16. Frostburg State (11-2)
 17. Franklin & Marshall (10-1)
 18. Johns Hopkins (9-2)
 19. Washington and Lee (8-3)
 20. Rose-Hulman (8-2)
 21. Springfield (10-1)
 22. Trinity (Conn.) (8-1)
 23. Alfred (8-3)
 24. Amherst (7-2)
 25. Cortland State (7-4)