Cambridge, Mass. (June 14) -- MIT football senior Sam Gantman (Mendota Heights, Minn.) and junior Nathan Basinger (Dalton, Ohio) have been named to the 2020-21 Academic All-District Football Team, selected by CoSIDA. This program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The program recognizes football honorees in four divisions - NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
This marks the second career Academic All-District selection for Gantman and the first for Basinger. The duo will now advance to the national Academic All-America ballot, with the First and Second Team Academic All-America selections being announced in early July.
Gantman graduated from MIT with a degree in mechanical engineering and a concentration in music while compiling a 4.9 cumulative GPA (on MIT's 5.0 grading scale). Basinger is pursuing his degree in mechanical engineering and also boasts a 4.9 cumulative GPA.
A linebacker for the Engineers, Gantman appeared in 13 career games and his team posted a 23-8 four-year record and captured back-to-back NEWMAC Championships. Finishing with 51 career tackles, including 22 solo stops and 29 assisted tackles, he also added three tackles for loss for 13 yards. Earlier this spring, Gantman was inducted into the 2021 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society. In addition, he is also a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference performer.
Basinger is an offensive lineman who has been part of back-to-back NEWMAC Championship teams with an overall record of 16-5. He is a two-time NEWMAC First Team All-Conference performer, a two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection and a team captain. In 2018, the MIT offensive line allowed only two sacks, which ranked second in the nation in Division III. In addition to his performance on the football field, Basinger was also named as the 2019 NEWMAC Outdoor Track and Field Rookie of the Year after capturing the conference title in the shot put and posting a pair of All-New England D3 performances as a thrower.
MIT leads all of NCAA Division III with 339 all-time CoSIDA Academic All-America recipients and trails the University of Nebraska (340) by just one for the all-time lead across all NCAA Divisions. The Engineers have posted 20 or more Academic All-America honorees in each of the last four years, including an all-time program record of 24 in the 2017-18 academic year.