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November 24, 2009

2009 Season - Westemeyer wins Academic All-American honor

For the second consecutive season, Augustana’s Blaine Westemeyer (Blue Valley Northwest HS, Overland Park, Kansas) has been named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-American team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Westemeyer repeated his first team selection of 2008 and the announcement comes in the same week that he was named first team all-conference in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for the third straight time.

Westemeyer is piling up the honors in his senior season. The 6’ 5”, 285 pound offensive tackle is one of just 16 players nationwide to be awarded an $18,000.00 postgraduate scholarship by the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame. He will receive that honor at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on Tuesday, December 8. There are only two NCAA Division III players in that elite group.

A four year starter at offensive tackle, Westemeyer was a big reason why the Vikings consistently ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division III in rushing offense during his first three years. This year Augustana threw the ball quite a bit more and Westemeyer was a big factor as sophomore quarterback David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) erased the legendary Ken Anderson, former NFL MVP, from the school record books twice.

Westemeyer, who has been nominated for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, was an all-North Region selection in 2008 and was named to the NCAA Division III All-American team by the American Football Coaches Association as a junior. He was also a consensus pre-season All-American.

Four times he has been an academic all-conference pick and he was the winner of the Jack Swartz Award in the CCIW in 2008. A team captain in 2009, he helped the Vikings finish the season with a 6-4 overall record and a 4-3 mark in the CCIW, good for third place.

Westemeyer is a biochemistry/pre-medicine major with a sterling grade point average of 3.94. He is the son of Brian and Nancy Westemeyer of Overland Park, Kansas. He was the Vikings freshman offensive MVP in 2006. Westemeyer is an active member of the Student Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) and Athletes-Giving-Back (A.G.B.).

His selection helps Augustana build on a rich history in the Academic All-American program, which is sponsored by CoSIDA. The Vikings currently rank sixth in the nation in the number of Academic All-Americans produced. Westemeyer is the 131st Augustana athlete to win the prestigious honor. Of those 131, 26 have been football players.