Jan. 1, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior DeRon Brown capped a historic season in the backfield by being tabbed as MIT's first football All-American in 11 years. Brown was named d3football.com Second Team All-American after finishing the 2008 campaign as the nation's second-leading rusher.
Brown shattered the single-season Institute record for rushing yards in a season with 1,816 yards in addition to a school-record 22 touchdowns. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry en route to establishing a new career rushing record at MIT with 2,778 yards.
During the season, Brown was a recipient of the Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award while he also earned New England Football Conference (NEFC) and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Week accolades.
He authored the second and third best single-game rushing performances in team history, including a career-high 251 yards on 27 carries against Mass Maritime. Brown topped 200 yards versus three teams while his season low was 127 yards in a loss at UMass Dartmouth. He scored at least two touchdowns in each of the first eight games of the season and tied a school record with four TD's in back-to-back weeks against Western New England and at Salve Regina.
Brown earned a bevy of postseason awards including New England Football Writers All-New England and NEFC Boyd Division Offensive Player of the Year.
In addition to Brown, senior offensive lineman James Oleinik was named All-American Honorable Mention.
Brown and Oleinik are MIT's first All-Americans since 1997, when Duane Stevens and Brad Gray were each picked to the Hewlett-Packard NCAA Division III All-American Team.