CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT saw six of its football student-athletes honored today when the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District football team was released by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). With six selections, the Engineers had the most picks of any team in the district. Senior defensive back Rhys Borchert (Pocatello, Idaho), senior defensive back John Wenzel (Mandeville, La.), senior defensive lineman Max Powers (Rochester, N.Y.), senior defensive lineman Joel Santisteban (Lawrence, N.Y.), senior linebacker Jake Laux (Dousman, Wis.) and junior running back Justin Wallace (Palatine, Ill.) were the Engineers selected for the honor. All will now advance to the Capitol One Academic All-America ballot, from which first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected later in November.
Borchert, who earned his third all-district distinction, has been a four-year starter in the defensive backfield for MIT. A second team Academic All-American last season, he leads the Engineers in passes defended and is among the top tacklers on the squad. A physics major, he will finish his career among MIT's all-time leaders in interceptions and passes defended.
Wenzel, an academic all-district selection as a sophomore, made a switch from quarterback to defensive back this season and ranks among the team leaders in tackles from his safety position. An aerospace engineering major, he leads the team in interceptions, returning one for 59 yards and a score against Curry, the third longest interception return for a TD in school history.
This is the first appearance on the academic all-district list for Powers. Originally on the offensive side of the ball when he arrived at MIT, he made the switch to the defensive line last season and earned a starting slot in 2013. Majoring in materials science and engineering, he is among the leaders on the defensive line in tackles and tackles for loss.
Another repeat selection from last season, Santisteban is a starter along the defensive line along with Powers. An aerospace engineering major, he leads the line in tackles and shares the team lead in sacks. He will finish his MIT career among the program's all-time leaders in sacks and tackles for loss.
Laux makes his first appearance on the academic all-district team and has been a four-year starter at linebacker for the Engineers. A two-time All-New England Football Conference selection and a chemical engineering major, he set the MIT school record for career tackles earlier this season and leads the squad in stops again this season.
One of the top running backs in the NEFC, Wallace is making his second appearance on the academic all-district list. A second team All-NEFC pick last year, he leads MIT and is fourth in the NEFC in rushing this season. Majoring in aerospace engineering, he is already second all-time at MIT in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.