Preseason Honors Continue for Babin

KALAMAZOO — The Western Michigan University football season opener may be three months away, but defensive end Jason Babin (Paw Paw, Mich.) continues to draw national attention.

Babin was recently named to the College Football News.com preseason All-America Team, labeled as "one of the premier pass rushers in America," according to the web site. The 6-foot-4, 278-pound senior has also been identified as a candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award, which recognizes college football's top down lineman. Babin is one of three Mid-American Conference players included on the 40-man Lombardi watch list.

Earlier this month, Babin was named to Playboy's All-America Dream Team and was among 36 players included on a watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Award, presented annually to the country's top defensive player.

Babin was selected MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 after setting WMU season records for tackles for loss (23) and pass sacks (15), ranking second and fourth respectively among NCAA Division I players.

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