MIT Places League-High 28 Student-Athletes on NEFC All-Academic Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT was at the head of the class when the 2012 New England Football Conference All-Academic team was released this week. The Engineers led the league with 28 players earning the honor; the second consecutive year that MIT has had 28 players on the list.

To qualify for the team, a player must have completed three semesters at the same institution and maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. A total of 214 student-athletes from all 16 member institutions collected accolades. MIT's honorees are listed below.

James Balchunas, So., OL, Plainview, N.Y./Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK, Materials Science and Engineering

Rhys Borchert, So., DB, Pocatello, Idaho/Century, Physics

David Christoff, So., LB, Dallas, Texas/St. Mark's School of Texas, Mechanical Engineering

Kevin Clayton, So., WR, Germantown, Md./Bullis School, Chemical-Biological Engineering

Chris Dessonville, Jr., RB, Omaha, Neb./Brownell-Talbot, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Joseph Driscoll, So., RB, San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Ian Fischer, Sr., DB, Coral Springs, Fla./Stonemau Douglas, Aerospace Engineering

Steven Gan, Sr., WR, College Station, Texas/A&M Consolidated, Management Science

Peter Gilliland, Sr., LB, Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Daniel Gillund, So., DL, Wildrose, N.D./Divide County, Mechanical Engineering

James Hedrick, Jr., OL, Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill, Chemical-Biological Engineering

Ben Hessels, WR, Laytonsville, Md./Poolesville, Mechanical Engineering

Justin Kresz, Sr., TE, Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake, Mechanical Engineering

Jake Laux, So., LB, Dousman, Wis./Kettle Moraine, Chemistry

Phillip Marmolejo, So., DB, Clovis, Calif./Buchanan, Mechanical Engineering

Matt Merlino, So., DB, Vancouver, Wash./Union, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Ethan Peterson, Jr., OL, Rutland, Vt./Rutland, Nuclear Science and Engineering

Max Powers, So., OL, Rochester, N.Y./Brighton, Materials Science and Engineering

Joel Santisteban, So., DL, Lawrence, N.Y./Lawrence, Aerospace Engineering

Russell Spivak, Jr., DL, Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale, Management Science

Billy Thalheimer, So., QB, Natick, Mass./Natick, Aerospace Engineering

Raymond Tilden, Jr., WR, Greenland, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy, Mechanical Engineering

Teddy Tzanetos, Sr., DL, Plainview, N.Y./Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK, Electrical Eng. and Comp. Science

Tyler Wagner, Sr., DL, Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall, Chemical Engineering

Kristopher Weaver, Sr., LB, Sheldon, Iowa/Sheldon, Aerospace Engineering

John Wenzel, So., QB, Mandeville, La./Mandeville, Aerospace Engineering

Jackson Wirekoh, Jr., RB, Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton, Mechanical Engineering

Richard Yoon, Jr., DL, Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester, Mechanical Engineering