Cambridge, Mass. (November 27) -- MIT senior defensive back Riley Quinn (San Carlos, Calif.) has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Jerry Nason Award for Senior Achievement, presented by the New England Football Writers Association. The award is presented to a graduating senior football player from a college in the New England region who succeeds in football against all odds.
Quinn is the second MIT football player to earn this award as he joins former running back Miaik Flannagan, who received the honor in 1999. Quinn will be presented with the award on Thursday, December 6th at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet at the Rosaria Restaurant and Function Facility in Saugus, Mass.
A four-year defensive back for the Engineers, Quinn was born without a left hand and forearm. Appearing in 27 career games, he finished his MIT career with 38 tackles that included 21 solo stops and one forced fumble. Quinn also has three career interceptions and three pass breakups, including 27 tackles and two interceptions in the 2015 season.
"Riley was a great inspiration for our program and held himself to the highest of standards," said head coach Brian Bubna. "His leadership by example helped him push his teammates and create a 'can do' attitude. Despite breaking his only thumb early in the year, Riley continued to play and compete with his hand wrapped in protective padding. He never stopped practicing and eventually retook the field late in the season."
In addition to his success on the field, Quinn will graduate from MIT with a double major in finance and mathematics to go along with a minor in economics. Boasting a perfect 5.0 grade point average, Quinn is a three-time Academic All-Conference selection who is the Risk Manager for the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, as well as the Finance Managing Director of the Sloan Business Club.
MIT finished the 2018 season with a 9-2 mark that included capturing the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship and advancing to the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament.