Austin, Texas (December 13) -- MIT junior quarterback Udgam Goyal (Frisco, Texas) and junior wide receiver Eddy Garcia-Montes (Miami, Fla.) have each been honored as members of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Goyal was a First Team honoree and is the recipient of the Academic All-America of the Year award for Division III football, while Garcia-Montes was named to the Second Team.
Goyal is third MIT football player and first since Brad Gray in 1997-98 to earn the Academic All-America of the Year award, as well as the 10th overall winner for MIT in all sports. With Goyal and Garcia-Montes being recognized, 44 MIT football players have now been honored with Academic All-America accolades. MIT now has 278 all-time Academic All-America selections, which ranks first among all Division III schools and second between all divisions, trailing only the University of Nebraska.
A First Team All-Conference selection, Goyal led the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in passing yards per game at 213.6 and pass-efficiency rating at 134.7 while leading the Engineers to a 7-3 record. A computer science major, Goyal boasts a 3.92 GPA while starting nine games for MIT and completing 170 passes for 1,922 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also added 337 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground in his top season for the Engineers so far. Goyal is also a two-time member of the Academic All-Conference Team and will study computer science and economics at St. Catherine's College at the University of Oxford in the spring of 2018.
Garcia-Montes was one of the top targets for Goyal as he pulled down 55 passes for 719 yards and six touchdowns, including a 119-yard, two-touchdown outing in a win at Merchant Marine. A First-Team All-Conference performer and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, Garcia-Montes is also a two-time member of the Academic All-Conference team. He finished the season leading the NEWMAC in receptions, yards, yards per game and receiving touchdowns. He is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.76 GPA who now has 93 career receptions for 1,263 yards and nine touchdowns.
Twenty-six of the 42 members of the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Football teams have at least a 3.90 GPA, with five student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.00 GPA. The 25 members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.92.
The Division III Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division III Academic All-America teams program.