Babin Named Playboy All-American

KALAMAZOO — Jason Babin (Paw Paw, Mich.), a senior defensive end on the Western Michigan University football team, has been named to the Playboy 2003 College All-America Team. Babin will join 25 of the nation's top players for a Dream Team photo shoot to be held May 9-11 at the Pointe Hilton Resort at Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix, Ariz. At the same time, Babin will tape segments for College Football Preview, a syndicated television program.

The Playboy All-America Team will be announced in the magazine's October issue, which hits newsstands in August. Babin becomes the first Western Michigan player named to the team in its 47 years of existence.

Babin is also among 36 players included on the watch list for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, presented each December to the nation's top defensive college player. The award is sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America.

"It's nice to see Jason recognized as one of the premier collegiate players in the country," said WMU Head Coach Gary Darnell. "Jason made a name for himself last year with the success of our defense and we look to see it carry over this season for the Broncos."

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Babin was named the 2002 Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year after setting school records with 23 tackles for loss and 15 pass sacks. Based on game averages, Babin ranked second among NCAA Division I players in tackles for loss (2.17 per game) and sacks (1.17 per game). For his efforts, Babin was named to The Sporting News All-America fourth team, was chosen All-America Honorable Mention by CNNSI.com and selected to the College Football News.com All-America squad. Western Michigan begins its 2003 campaign on Aug. 30, taking on Michigan State of the Big Ten Conference in East Lansing.

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