Cambridge, Mass. (November 16) -- Seven members of the MIT football team have been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team for the 2017 season. The program honors the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Each student-athlete is now eligible for selection to the Academic All-America team, which will be announced in December.
Senior defensive back Mitch Turley (Westfield, Ind.) and junior wide receiver Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) earn All-District honors for the second time, while junior quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas), sophomore wide receiver/kick returner Sean Kent (Bend, Ore.), sophomore linebacker Sam Cantrell (Seattle, Wash.), senior linebacker Matt Nicolai (Northport, N.Y.) and junior defensive back Mitch Maisel (Newtown, Pa.) were all recognized for the first time in their careers.
Turley, a mechanical engineering major who is a three-time Academic All-Conference selection, earned a spot on the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Sportsmanship Team as he finished the year with 66 total tackles while starting all 10 games at strong safety.
Garcia-Montes was a First Team All-Conference honoree and is also a mechanical engineering major. The wideout started all 10 games and pulled down 55 passes for 719 yards and six touchdowns to average 71.9 yards per game. He is also a two-time Academic All-Conference honoree.
Goyal, a computer science major who was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team, was the top quarterback in the conference as he threw for 1,922 yards and 14 touchdowns in nine games. He also ran for 337 yards and five touchdowns to help the Engineers to a 7-3 record.
Kent, an electrical engineering major who was named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team, was a First Team All-Conference honoree in 2016 and was named to the D3Football.com All-Region Second Team. This season, he posted 321 all-purpose yards in just five games that included a punt return for a touchdown in a road shutout win at Becker to start the season.
Cantrell, a mechanical engineering major who was named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team, posted 57 tackles in 10 games as he had 30 solo stops. He added 1.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a pass breakup, along with a season-best 11 tackles in a home win over Endicott.
Nicolai, a team captain who was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team, is a mechanical engineering major who is also a three-time Academic All-Conference honoree. He finished with a team-leading total of 81 tackles that included five tackles for loss, three interceptions, two pass breakups and five double-digit tackle games.
Maisel, a mechanical engineering major who is a two-time Academic All-Conference honoree as well, finished sixth on the team with 43 tackles that included 24 solo stops. He had two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three interceptions and three pass breakups. In a road win at Coast Guard, Maisel had three tackles, one tackle for a loss, one interception and two pass breakups.