TOWSON, Md. – Three members of the 2012 MIT football team earned national recognition for their athletic and academic accomplishments today. Senior offensive lineman Ethan Peterson (Rutland, Vt.), senior defensive lineman Russell Spivak (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and junior defensive back Rhys Borchert (Pocatello, Idaho) were named to the Capital One 2012 Academic All-America Division III Football Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Peterson earned first team honors while Spivak and Borchert were each named to the second team.
Peterson, a first team All-NEFC selection this season, was a second team Academic All-American last season. A nuclear science and engineering major with a 4.8 GPA (5.0 scale), Peterson was recently named a finalist for the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Trophy that recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation. Peterson was the leader of the MIT offensive line that that was among the national leaders in allowing the fewest sacks. The Engineers allowed just nine sacks all season, tying for the best mark in the NEFC.
Spivak earned Academic All-America honors for the first time in his career. A starter along the defensive front, Spivak was among the leaders on the line with 29 tackles this season. A management and political science major with a 4.8 GPA, he also tied for the team lead with 5.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 29 yards.
Also a first time Academic All-America selection, Borchert finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles. Majoring in physics with a 4.9 GPA, he intercepted two passes and broke up three others for the Engineers as well as serving as one of the team's primary kick returners, averaging 20.3 yards per kick return and 12.3 on punt returns.