November 9, 2007

James Oleinik Named Offensive Lineman of the Year

Nov. 9, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The New England Football Conference recently announced its 2007 All-Division Teams and MIT was rewarded with five player accolades. Junior guard James Oleinik paced the Engineers' contingent by earning Boyd Division First Team honors as well as plaudits for Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Oleinik served as the cornerstone for MIT's offensive front, which finished sixth in the 16-team conference in rushing yards per game and fifth in sacks against. On Oct. 20, Oleinik fueled a dominating effort by the MIT line as the Engineers controlled the time of possession for nearly 42 minutes and rushed for an Institute-record 477 yards.

Junior defensive lineman David Nackoul and senior defensive back David Kalk also earned spots on the Boyd Division First Team. Kalk, who has been among the league leaders in tackles every season donning the Cardinal and Gray, led the Engineers this year with three interceptions and two blocked kicks. Nackoul has been praised for his technical skill along the defensive front, while his outstanding play also resulted in a First Team selection on the Academic All-District squad. That honor moves Nackoul to the national ballot and could lead to a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team.

MIT secured additional honors as senior linebacker Samuel Jasinski and sophomore running back DeRon Brown were named to the Boyd Division Second Team. Jasinski was the third-leading tackler on the team and filled the stat sheet in a number of categories throughout the season. Brown led the Engineers in rushing with 664 yards and finished the campaign with 951 all-purpose yards. Brown topped 100 yards rushing in a game twice, including a career-high 144 yards in MIT's win over Salve Regina.

In addition to Nackoul's first-team honor, Oleinik and Thomas Franklin were selected to the Academic All-District Second Team. Qualifiers are selected to the teams by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).