The Sports Information staffs from Endicott College and CoSIDA contributed to this report
Three players from the New England Football Conference have been named to the 2016 Academic All-America Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Defensive lineman Craig Anderson from Franklin, Mass., was a defensive line selection for the second consecutive year for Endicott College; MIT offensive line standout Elliot Tobin of Minnetonka, Minn., was also a selection for the second time, and placekicker Tucker Cheyne from MIT and Avon, Conn., was a first time pick. All three student-athletes are seniors.
With his second team honor this season, and his first team selection in 2015, Anderson is now the first-ever two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® award winner in Endicott history. A criminal justice major with a 3.89 cumulative grade point average (GPA), Anderson recorded 28 tackles (15 solo), four sacks, two quarterback hurries and a blocked kick in 2016. He has also earned All-New England Football Conference (NEFC) first team honors in both 2016 and 2015, while garnering second team honors in 2014 and Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2013.
Tobin is a three-time Academic All-District selection, and was a first team Academic All-America selection in 2014. A team captain who has started every game over the last three seasons, Tobin was a key part of the offensive line that helped the Engineers to 127.4 yards per game on the ground. Tobin is an economics and management major with a 3.92 G.P.A., who has completed internships with Complete Solar Solution, Select Equipment and CreditSights in his college years.
Cheyne, a two-time NEFC Special Teams Player of the Week in 2016, lead the league with 12 field goals this season and scored 55 points as he also converted 17-of-19 extra point opportunities. He was the NEFC first team All-Conference placekicker in 2016 and 2014 and was a second team pick in 2015. Cheyne holds every MIT season and career placekicking record. He is a computer science major with a 3.252 grade point average.
CoSIDA Academic All-America Program Requirements
The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined academic and athletic performances.
All first team Academic All-District winners, which includes eight districts total, move to the national ballot, and are then voted upon to the national team by members of CoSIDA's Academic All-America Committee.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com