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WORCESTER, Mass. – After putting together the best individual rushing performance in the history of Massachusetts Institute of Technology football, DeRon Brown was rewarded by the New England Football Conference with the Boyd Division offensive player of the year award at the NEFC’s annual postseason meeting recently.
Brown finished the regular season as the leading rusher in NCAA Division III, gaining 1,816 yards and scoring 22 touchdowns on 275 carries for the Engineers. Brown averaged 181.6 yards per game for MIT, which finished the season at 5-5, its best record since 1999.
Brown, a 5-8, 180 runningback from Grayson County High School, obliterated the single-season rushing yardage and touchdown records at MIT, and as a junior is already the school’s career leader in rushing yards (2,778) and touchdowns (30)
MIT head coach Dwight Smith, who recently retired after leading the Engineers’ program since its resurrection in 1988, was a near-unanimous pick as the conference’s coach of the year.