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November 17, 2009

2009 Season - Six Vikings named All-CCIW

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin announced its 2009 all-conference football team today and six Augustana Vikings, including five seniors, were honored. Senior offensive tackle Blaine Westemeyer (Blue Valley Northwest, Overland Park, Kan.) led a trio of Augustana first teamers while three more Vikings earned second team recognition.

Westemeyer, a first team selection for the third consecutive year, was joined on the first team by fellow seniors Aaron Setchell (Amboy HS, Amboy, Ill.) and Eric Meyer (Harlem HS, Machesney Park, Ill.). Setchell was named as a defensive back and Meyer at linebacker. Senior receiver Jake Parke (St. Joseph-Ogden HS, St. Joseph, Ill.), senior middle guard Jeff Daisy (Thornton Fractional South HS, Lansing, Ill.) and junior running back Robert Wood (Rockford Boylan HS, Loves Park, Ill.) were named to the second team.

Along with Westemeyer, Parke and Meyer are multiple honorees. After earning first team recognition at running back his sophomore and junior seasons, Parke just missed his third straight first team honors as a slot receiver this year. Meyer was a second team pick a year ago.

A 2009 first team pre-season All-America pick, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Westemeyer continues to add to an impressive list of both athletic and academic achievements. He’s a good bet to earn ESPN the Magazine first team Academic All-America honors for the second year in a row and on December 8 will travel to New York City to accept the National Football Foundation’s post graduate scholarship.

Setchell, a two-time CCIW Defensive Player of the Week this year, led the Vikings in total tackles with 72 as well as both solo stops (43) and assists (29). Five of his tackles went for lost yardage including one sack. He also had a pair of interceptions and fumble recoveries each, forced a fumble, broke up three passes, and for good measure scored two touchdowns on special teams.

Meyer was Augustana’s fourth-leading tackler with 55 (29 solo and 26 assists) and also had one sack and one interception. He’s also a two-time second team academic all-district selection by ESPN the Magazine.

With 42 receptions, Parke caught the third most passes in school history this year (his 46 catches in 2008 are second) and finished third on the school’s career list with 97 receptions. He also rushed for 1,253 yards and 23 touchdowns, averaging 5.5 yards per carry for his career.

Wood led the Vikings this year with 643 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He finished fourth in the CCIW in rushing and has averaged 5.6 yards a carry in his career. Like Meyer, Wood was a second team ESPN the Magazine academic all-district selection this year.

Daisy, a converted fullback, anchored Augustana’s defensive front this year. He recorded 23 tackles (14 solos and nine assists) with team-highs of 11 tackles for loss and six sacks.

CCIW co-champions Illinois Wesleyan and North Central captured the league’s offensive player, defensive player and coach of the year awards as North Central senior quarterback Aaron Fanthorpe won his third straight Offensive Player of the Year honors and Illinois Wesleyan senior linebacker Nick Nikolich was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. Illinois Wesleyan’s Norm Eash was named the Bob Reade Coach of the Year winner for 2009.