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December  01, 2008

Blaine Westemeyer -- No. 126!

Augustana junior Blaine Westemeyer has become the 126th Viking to be named an Academic All-American.

The biochemistry major from Overland Park, Kansas, was named to the ESPN - The Magazine Academic All-America football team last week. He was one of only five juniors on the first team. 

His honor adds to the Vikings' tradition of producing Academic All-Americans. Augustana ranks sixth all-time in the number of Academic All-Americans produced since the program began in 1952. The Vikings are second among NCAA Division III institutions, trailing only the 145 produced by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the 19th Augustana football player to be named Academic All-American and the 15th offensive lineman to win the honor.

Westemeyer, a three-year starter at offensive tackle for the Vikings, was a first-team pick on the elite team, which was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

He was the ringleader of the Vikings offensive line that led the way for an offense that averaged 204.6 yards per game rushing and finished the season ranked first in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin and 35th in NCAA Division III. Augustana averaged 29.1 points per game and 370.3 yards of total offense per outing.

He is in the midst of reaping numerous honors for his play this past season. He was a first team all-conference pick in the CCIW for the second consecutive year and earlier in November he was a first team ESPN - The Magazine academic all-district selection.

Westemeyer has a 3.94 grade point average. He is a two-time academic all-conference selection and was the team's freshman offensive MVP in 2006. He also was an all-North region selection by in 2007. He is an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and of Athletes Giving Back.