Austin, Texas (December 12) -- Senior quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas) and junior defensive back AJ Iversen (Kansas City, Mo.) have both been honored as Google Cloud First Team Academic All-Americans, as announced by CoSIDA on Wednesday.
In addition, Goyal was named as the Google Cloud Division III Football National Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for the second straight season. He is just the seventh football student-athlete to earn the award in back-to-back seasons at all divisions and the first in Division III. The other six repeat winners include Heisman Trophy winners Danny Wuerffel and Tim Tebow of the University of Florida.
MIT is now the second school to surpass the 300 mark for all-time Academic All-America honorees as the Engineers lead Division III with 302 selections overall. MIT trails only the University of Nebraska for the all-time lead in all divisions. In addition, the MIT football program now has 46 all-time Academic All-Americans to rank 10th nationally.
Goyal, who was a team captain and started all 11 games for the Engineers, carries a 4.9 GPA as a computer science and engineering major. The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Offensive Athlete of the Year, Goyal helped lead the team to the NEWMAC Championship and the program's second berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. For the season, Goyal finished with 1,710 passing yards and 18 touchdowns while being named as the NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Week twice. He was also a NEWMAC First Team All-Conference performer for the second straight year and was named to the league's Academic All-Conference Team.
Iversen, who was a NEWMAC Academic All-Conference performer, finished the season with 50 tackles that included 26 solo stops. As an earth, atmospheric and planetary science major, Iversen carries a perfect 5.0 GPA while also serving as the House Manager for the Phi Beta Epsilon fraternity and playing in the MIT Wind Ensemble. On the field, Iversen added 3.5 sacks, five tackles for a loss of 16 yards and three games with at least eight tackles. He had a season-high nine stops in a win at Endicott to go along with eight total stops in the team's NEWMAC-clinching victory over Springfield College.
MIT finished the season with a 9-2 record overall that featured a 6-1 NEWMAC mark and a 5-0 record at home.