WORCESTER – For the second consecutive year, WPI senior offensive lineman Nick Day (Northampton, MA) has been selected as a member of the Google Cloud Football Academic All-District I team, as voted upon by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. He is joined this year by senior wide receiver Erik Fyrer (Ipswich, MA), senior place kicker Spencer Herrington (Clearfield, PA), junior linebacker Nick Ostrowski (Charlton, MA) and sophomore defensive lineman Lou Duh (Monroe, CT). All five advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. WPI and MIT shared the lead with five each to go with three from Springfield for a NEWMAC total of 13.
Day, the starting right tackle who earned back-to-back All-NEWMAC accolades including a first team nod in 2018, helped guide the offense which scored on all 16 red zone opportunities in NEWMAC play and was successful 90 percent (28 of 31) of the time over the span of the 10 games. The Engineers were also second overall with 15 passing touchdowns. The civil engineering major, and two-time NWCA (wrestling) All-American, and IQP his team organized expo for vendors, educators and end users to learn about new assistive technology. His MQP will design a building to replace the existing civil engineering building at WPI.
Fyrer led the receiving corps with 42 receptions for 588 yards to go with two touchdowns while also accumulating 2,863 yards on 52 kickoffs for an average of 55.1. In addition to a score in the season opener at Anna Maria, Fyrer represented the final WPI touchdown at Merchant Marine. In just two seasons he caught 62 passes for 881 yards, including an 83-yarder and five touchdowns, as well as, 6,105 yards on 108 kickoffs for an average of 56.5 and seven touchbacks. The business major's IQP looked at beating the stock market and is working with Pratt and Whitney to optimize their working environment for employees for his MQP.
Herrington, the only NEWMAC Special Teams Athlete of the Year in the brief history of the conference sponsoring football and repeat All-NEWMAC first teamer, led the league in points, field goals made and extra points made. In all, he was 12-for-15 with a career-long 42-yard field goal and 30-for-30 in extra point opportunities. His with 66 points also tied for second amongst all NEWMAC student-athletes. Herrington concludes his career a perfect 75-for-75 in PATs, 22-for-27 in field goals, and 141 points. As a punter, Herrington boomed 113 for 3882 career yards with a long of 55 and eight landing inside the 20. The aerospace engineering major developed a mobile website for the Worcester Art Museum for his IQP and his MQP is titled "Detection and Estimation of a Plume with an Unmanned Terrain Vehicle." He is also a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Promotion of Animal Welfare Society.
Ostrowski, a 2018 All-NEWMAC first team and 2017 second team honoree, led the Engineers and ranked fourth in the NEWMAC with 76 tackles – 40 solo – with four for-loss including a sack, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He achieved double digit stops in three games with career-bests 16 total and 11 unassisted to go with a fumble recovery at Merchant Marine. The civil engineering major is set to travel to Costa Rica next term to perform his IQP.
Duh, who recently garnered All-NEWMAC second team status, amassed 32 tackles – 19 unassisted – with a sack in 2018. He notched a career-best seven stops at Merchant Marine and blocked an extra point at Coast Guard. The mechanical engineering major also wrapped up a season-best four solo tackles at Maine Maritime and Kings Point, and broke up a pass against Catholic and Norwich.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution, must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable) and he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
CoSIDA Release (PDF)