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December 18, 2012

Westerberg named to two All-America teams

Junior linebacker Erik Westerberg was named to the D3football.com and Beyond Sports Network All-America teams for the 2012 season. Westerberg, who earlier this year was selected as the "Player of the Year" in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin and was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team for the second year in a row, is the 81st football player in Augustana history to be named All-American.

Augustana junior linebacker Erik Westerberg (York HS, Elmhurst, Ill.) continues to pull in honors well after the 2012 football season has been completed. He was named to the NCAA Division III All-American team by Beyond Sports Network and D3football.com.

Westerberg, who earlier this fall won Capital One Academic All-America team for the second consecutive season, is the first Viking to be named to an All-American team since offensive tackle Blaine Westemeyer in 2009. He was a third team selection on both the Beyond Sports Network and D3football.com teams.  

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 ranked 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.  

He is the 81st player in Augustana's storied football history to earn All-American recognition.  

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.