CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three members of the MIT football team picked up the first individual honors of the 2012 season when USA College Football announced its 2012 Division III Preseason awards. Senior offensive lineman Ethan Peterson (Rutland, Vt.) and junior defensive linemen Joel Santisteban (Lawrence, N.Y.) and Derek Vaughn (Goodlettsville, Tenn.) were all selected to the organization's Northeast Regional All-Star team.
A three-year starter on the offensive line, Peterson was a first team All-NEFC pick in 2011, his second all-conference honor. A two-time Academic All-NEFC selection, Peterson was also named a second team Capital One Academic All-American after last season. He will be a key player along the offensive front for the Engineers in 2012 after playing in every game over his first three seasons at MIT.
Playing in all nine games for a second straight season, Santisteban started in six games in 2011 and was selected second team All-NEFC (Boyd Division) as well as earning Academic All-NEFC honors. He finished sixth on the team with a career best 34 tackles and toped on the squad with 9.5 tackles for loss, recording at least one tackle in each game.
Vaughn started in all nine games along the defensive front for the Engineers and finished the season with 27 tackles. He was third on the team in tackles for loss with five and shared the team lead with a pair of blocked kicks.