Brown named pre-season all-America

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 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Following a historic season last fall, DeRon Brown was selected to the d3football.com 2009 Preseason All-America first team. The senior running back was the lone representative from the 16-team New England Football Conference (NEFC) to earn this honor and was MIT’s 10th overall pick and first since 1998.

Last year Brown was tabbed as MIT’s first football All-American in 11 years by being voted to the d3football.com second team. The former Grayson County standout finished the 2008 campaign as the nation’s second-leading rusher. He shattered the single-season MIT record for rushing yards in a season with 1,816 yards in addition to a school-record 22 touchdowns. Brown averaged 6.6 yards per carry en route to establishing a new career rushing record at MIT with 2,778 yards. During the season, Brown was a recipient of the Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award while he also earned NEFC and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) player of the week accolades. He authored the second and third best single-game rushing performances in team history, including a career-high 251 yards on 27 carries against Massachusetts Maritime. Brown topped 200 yards on three occasions while his season low was 127 yards in a loss at Umass-Dartmouth. He scored at least two touchdowns in each of the first eight games of the season and tied a school record with four TDs in back-to-back weeks against Western New England and at Salve Regina. A computer science and engineering major, Brown earned a bevy of postseason awards including New England Football Writers All-New England and NEFC Boyd Division offensive player of the year. Two Emory and Henry players were also mentioned on the d3football.com second team. Former Richlands star Caleb Jennings has been named as a return specialist, and Evin O’Sullivan is a second-team linebacker.