Dereck Pacheco of Hyannis, a member of the WPI football team, has been honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-District I team member.
Senior Dereck Pacheco and junior Nick Day have garnered CoSIDA Academic All-District I Football accolades, as voted upon by the sports information directors from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The civil engineering majors now move on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
Pacheco, a 2015 Academic All-District selection and 2017 All-NEWMAC first teamer, made three stops - including one for-loss - and a QB hurry in the Engineers New England Bowl Series triumph on Saturday. He has been upgraded each of the past three years as he began as a Liberty League honorable mention in 2015 and a second teamer in 2016. Overall, the co-captain finished third in the NEWMAC with 17.5 tackles and 75 yards for-loss. Pacheco also amassed 47 tackles - 33 solo, six sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick. The three-year starting defensive end and conference academic honoree performed a stock market IQP and his MQP involves reconstruction of a ski resort parking lot. He is also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Day, a mainstay on the O-line, helped the team score the most points (354) in a single-season in the 128 years of WPI Football, which is also third in the NEWMAC. He also helped fuel Sean McAllen's single-season record for rushing yards in a campaign, as well as rank second in rushing yards per game and touchdowns. The two-time conference academic selection has been the starting right tackle on a team that allowed only eight sacks in 320 attempts. Day also supported Blake Rice, who led the league in touchdowns and rank second in yards per game. Three receivers appear in the top five in the TD column. The mechanical engineering minor is also a repeat NWCA (wrestling) scholar.
Eighth-year head coach Chris Robertson's Engineers finished the season 9-2 with a seven-game winning-streak and a New England Bowl trophy. The nine wins tie the 1992 team that went to the NCAA tournament and the bowl triumph is the first postseason win in the 128 years of WPI Football.
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