Sept. 17, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On Wednesday, junior DeRon Brown earned the New England region's top weekly honor in football after being selected as the Boston Globe Gold Helmet award winner following the Engineers' impressive victory against Mass Maritime last Saturday. Brown delivered the second-highest single-game rushing total in school history while MIT opened the fall slate with two straight wins for the first time since 2004.
Brown was electrifying in the Engineers' season-opening win against Maine Maritime as he rushed for 184 yards and two scores to pace a tremendous performance for the MIT offense. Against Mass Maritime, the junior from Galax, Va., was even better as he rushed for a career-high 251 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 9.3 yards per carry. Through the first two games of the season, MIT has authored the best running attack in the New England Football Conference (NEFC), averaging 316 yards and a league-best nine touchdowns.
Brown's Gold Helmet selection marks the fourth in program history and the second since 2005. Running back Jose DeLeon captured the honor after setting the single-game rushing record in 1995 (269 yards), while Shane LaHoussse accepted the award after leading MIT past Stonehill College in its inaugural varsity game in 1988. After throwing for an Institute-record 387 yards and four touchdowns toward the end of the 2005 season, current MIT junior Rick Mancuso was honored with Tech's first Gold Helmet selection in 10 years.