34 - Rhys Borchert
Rhys Borchert
Height: 5-10
Weight: 190
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Pocatello, Idaho
High School: Century
Position: DB
Major: Physics

2013: Started all nine games for a second consecutive season in the defensive backfield for MIT as a senior … All-NEFC second team … NEFC Hal Chalmers Senior Student-Athlete of the Year … CoSIDA Academic All-District … Academic All-NEFC … tied for seventh on the team with 31 tackles … led the team with nine passes broken up and led the NEFC in passes defended … also returned three kickoffs for an average of 13.7 yards … made three solo tackles, intercepted a pass and broke up three others at Salve Regina (9/28) … four stops and a pass break up against Curry (10/5) … season-high seven tackles at Western New England (10/26) … four solo stops against Endicott (11/2) … five tackles and a pair of pass breakups against Maine Maritime (11/9) … three tackles and another pair of passes broken up at Coast Guard (11/16).

2012: Started all nine games in the defensive backfield for MIT as a junior … second team Academic All-America … Academic All-District … Academic All-NEFC … finished fourth on the team with a career-high 54 tackles … second on the team with two interceptions and three passes broken up … second on the squad with 13 kick returns and three punt returns …fifth on the squad with 328 all-purpose yards … broke up a pass and made five tackles in the season opener against Becker (9/8) … nine tackles against Coast Guard (9/15) … returned a season-high three kicks for 60 yards against UMass Dartmouth (9/29) … first interception of the season came against Plymouth State (10/6) setting up an MIT scoring drive … 20-yard punt return in that game set up another scoring drive … nine stops at Western New England (10/13) … picked off a pass and returned it 20 yards in MIT’s upset win over nationally ranked Salve Regina (10/19) … ended the season with a career-high 10 tackles along with a pass break up at Endicott (11/3).

2011: Played in seven games for MIT as a sophomore … six starts in the secondary … Academic All-District … Academic All-NEFC … recorded 25 tackles with one interception … second on the team with 10 kick returns … led the Engineers with his 20.6 yard average …ninth in the NEFC in kick return average …  two stops and a pass broken up in the season opener at Becker (9/10) … returned four kicks for 56 yards at Mass. Maritime (9/17) … brought back one kick 42 yards that set up a touchdown drive at UMass Dartmouth (10/1) … five tackles against Curry (9/24) … three solo stops at Plymouth State (10/8) … picked up his interception against Nichols (1/29) … returned it 27 yards to halt a Nichols scoring threat … season-high seven tackles against Endicott (11/5).

2010: Saw action in all nine games for MIT… starter at cornerback … led the team with three interceptions and three fumble recoveries … shared the team lead with four passes broken up … totaled 30 tackles for the season … recorded a season-high six tackles in the season opener against Becker (9/11) … picked off a pair of passes at Curry (9/25) … returned them for a total of 26 yards … five tackles and another interception the next week against UMass-Dartmouth (10/2) … recovered a fumble in each of the last three games of the season … returned his recovery at Endicott (11/6) 35 yards.

Off The Field at MIT: Majoring in physics … nanofluids research for MIT's Nuclear Science Department … materials research for MIT's Nuclear Science Department … inflationary cosmology research for MIT's Center for Theoretical Physics … construction and testing of particle detectors for Idaho State University's physics department …  theoretical physics research at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics … materials and nanofluids research at the Green Lab.

High School: A 2010 graduate of Century High School.