Cambridge, Mass. (November 8) -- Seven members of the MIT football team have been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. With seven selections, that total is the most of any school in District 1.
Earning All-District honors this season are two offensive players, one special teams member and four members of the MIT defensive unit. On the offense, sophomore wide receiver Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) and senior offensive lineman Elliot Tobin (Minnetonka, Minn.) were both named to the team, while senior kicker Tucker Cheyne (Avon, Conn.) was also honored. Defensively, junior defensive backs Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) and Rob DiSanto (Havertown, Pa.), along with senior linebacker Anthony Emberley (Longmont, Colo.) and senior defensive lineman Kevin Kusch (Mobile, Ala.) earned spots on the All-District Team.
Tobin and Emberley are now three-time Academic All-District selections, while the other five individuals are being recognized for the first time in their careers.
Garcia-Montes currently leads the team with 36 receptions for 524 yards and three touchdowns as he is averaging 104.8 receiving yards per contest.
Tobin, a team captain who has started every game over the last three seasons, has been a key part of the offensive line that has helped the Engineers to 115.6 yards per game on the ground.
Cheyne, a two-time NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week, leads the league with 12 field goals this season and through nine games has 50 points as he has also converted 14-of-15 extra point opportunities.
Turley has started all nine games for the Engineers in 2016 and is currently third overall on the team with 51 total tackles. He has 24 solo stops, 27 assisted tackles, two tackles for loss and three pass breakups
DiSanto, a team captain as a junior, is currently fourth on the team with 40 tackles that includes 21 solo stops, three interceptions for 37 yards and a team-leading nine pass breakups.
Emberley, a team captain who has started all nine games, is second on the team with 52 tackles that include 27 solo tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions for 11 yards, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble.
Kusch has enjoyed a solid senior season as he has 34 tackles, including 21 solo tackles, while also being tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with six for a team-leading 37 yards. He also leads the team in sacks with three for 28 yards to go along with three pass breakups and one forced fumble.
All First Team members advance to the Academic All-America ballot, with the teams being announced between November 28th and December 1st.
MIT wraps up the 2016 season on Saturday, November 12th as the Engineers travel to Nichols College for a Noon start.