TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior offensive tackle Gavinn Bakker has been named a second-team NCAA Division III Preseason All-American in the 2020 Lindy's Sports College Football Preview Magazine, now available for sale on newsstands nationwide.
Bakker is the only Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference player named to the two Lindy's Sports Preseason NCAA Division III All-America Teams. He started all 10 games at right tackle and earned first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors during the 2019 season.
Bakker is part of an offense that returns nine starters, including all five starting offensive lineman, for the 2020 season. Bakker is one of two returning first-team all-HCAC offensive lineman on the Fightin' Engineers in 2020, joining fellow senior Jonathan Bartlett.
Rose-Hulman finished 6-4 last season and faced both perennial national power Mount Union and eventual NCAA Division III semifinalist Saint John's (Minn.) as part of the nation's most demanding non-conference schedule last season. The experienced team returns nine offensive starters an seven defensive starters for the upcoming 2020 campaign. The Fightin' Engineers begin the season on Sept. 5 with a road matchup at Wabash College.