Peterson, Pogarian Honored by Greater Boston Gridiron Club

Senior Ethan Peterson, Assistant Coach Al Polgarian
Senior Ethan Peterson, Assistant Coach Al Polgarian

BOSTON, Mass. – Postseason awards continued to flow in for the MIT football program today as the Greater Boston Gridiron Club announced its list of New England Football Awards for 2012. Senior offensive lineman Ethan Peterson (Rutland, Vt.) is the Division II-III recipient of the Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award, while defensive line coach, Al Pogarian, was selected as the Division II-III Assistant Coach of the Year.

Peterson is the recipient of the 67th annual Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award, which recognizes exceptional achievement in sportsmanship, academics and athletics. A first team All-NEFC and Academic All-American selection this season, Peterson was also selected as one of 15 national Scholar-Athletes by the National Football Foundation. A nuclear science and engineering major with a 4.8 GPA (5.0 scale), he was the leader of the MIT offensive line that that was among the national leaders by allowing just nine sacks, the fewest allowed in the New England Football Conference. Peterson is the fifth MIT player to be named to the Nelson Award.

Pogarian just completed his sixth season on the MIT coaching staff. He came to MIT in 2007 as the running backs coach and under his guidance the Engineers set a single-game rushing record of 477 yards that season. For the 2008 and 2009 seasons he took over as the offensive coordinator and saw his unit set school records for points, touchdowns, first downs, rushing yards, total offense, and rushing TDs. He moved to his current position with the defensive line in 2010.

Peterson and Pogarian will be presented their awards at the annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Thursday, January 10 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Massachusetts.