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December 4, 2012

Westerberg named Academic All-American again

For the second year in a row, linebacker Erik Westerberg has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Westerberg now becomes the 141st student-athlete in Augustana history to earn Academic All-American honors.

Augustana junior linebacker Erik Westerberg (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team for the second consecutive season. He was a second team selection on the elite team that combines academic excellence and athletic achievement, two things that Westerberg has excelled at throughout his career with the Vikings.

He was named the "Defensive Player of the Year" by the coaches in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin and he was a first team all-conference selection for the second year in a row. He led the CCIW in total tackles for the second straight season, finishing with 118 (66 solo and 52 assists). He ranks 14th in the nation in NCAA Division III in both solo and total stops. His 14 tackles for loss also led the Vikings, while his four sacks were tied for second on the team. He became the first Augustana player to win CCIW "Player of the Year" honors since cornerback Tom Anthony in 2005.

A year ago he was a first team all-conference selection and was named to the D3football.com all-region team. He was a team captain this year and was named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin "Player of the Week" earlier this season. A math major, Westerberg carries a 3.87 grade point average and is the son of Peter and Annette Westerberg of Elmhurst, Illinois.

Westerberg helps to continue the tremendous tradition of Augustana Academic All-Americans. Since the program began in 1951, the Vikings have generated a total of 141 Academic All-Americans and currently rank sixth in the nation (all divisions) in number produced. Augustana is second among NCAA Division III schools and tops in the CCIW. The Academic All-America selection process is conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

He is the second Augustana athlete to win the coveted honor this fall, joining junior Maggie Hoscheit (St. Charles East HS, St. Charles, Ill.), who made the Academic All-America team in women's soccer as a defender.