Cambridge, Mass. (November 15) -- Five members of the MIT football team have been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team, as announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Football Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
This year's MIT honorees include senior quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas), senior wide receiver Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.), junior offensive lineman Will Roberts (Sacramento, Calif.), junior defensive back AJ Iversen (Kansas City, Mo.) and senior defensive back Mitch Maisel (Newtown, Pa.). Garcia-Montes has now been recognized three times, while Goyal and Maisel are named for the second time and Iversen and Roberts are being honored for the first time.
Goyal, who was named as the 2017 CoSIDA Division III Football National Academic All-American of the Year, currently carries a 4.9 GPA and a computer science and engineering major. The 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Offensive Athlete of the Year, Goyal has led the Engineers into the NCAA Division III Tournament after capturing the NEWMAC Championship.
Garcia-Montes, who was a Second Team Academic All-American in 2017, carries a 4.7 GPA in mechanical engineering and has been named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team in both 2017 and 2018. For the season, he has a team-high 43 receptions for 411 yards and three touchdowns and ranks among the league leaders in each category.
Roberts, who was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team this season, is a physics major who holds a 4.8 GPA. A starter on the offensive line all year, he has helped block for an offense that has averaged 301 yards and 23.1 points per game. In addition, the offensive line ranks second nationally with allowing just two sacks all season.
Iversen ranks second on the team in total tackles with 48 and carries a 5.0 GPA in earth, atmospheric & planetary sciences. A two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree, he also has 3.5 sacks and five tackles for a loss of 16 yards.
Maisel, who was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team for the first time, is now a two-time All-District honoree and a three-time Academic All-Conference selection. Holding a 4.8 GPA in mechanical engineering, Maisel has a career-high 48 tackles to go along with two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and seven pass breakups.
All five Engineers will now advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot, with those All-America Teams being announced in early December.