Dec. 7, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Kevin Yurkewich was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Yurkewich's appointment makes him the 120th student-athlete at MIT to earn Academic All-America honors since 1980.
Serving as the Engineers starting defensive end, Yurkewich was a First Team selection after leading the New England Football Conference (NEFC) in total tackles. He also finished third overall in tackles for loss.
Yurkewich's selection was the second year in a row for a member of Tech's gridiron unit, and the 24th honor bestowed upon a member of the MIT football team. With 24 selections, the football program has yielded the largest membership from any single team at the Institute. Women's volleyball has earned 11 citations to rank second.
As a whole, MIT ranks third all-time in Academic All-America honors. Only the University of Nebraska and Notre Dame University, both Division I powers, have elicited more accolades.
MIT set a record in 1999, copping 11 Academic All-America honors during the calender year.