NWU Football Leads NAIA with Seven Academic All-Americans

In football, all it takes to put seven on the scoreboard is a touchdown and PAT. Putting seven on the Capital One Academic All-America Team is considerably harder. But that’s exactly what the Prairie Wolves did in 2011.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s four football Academic All-America First Team selections top the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Three more Prairie Wolves earned second team honors, bringing NWU’s total to seven. Only one other NAIA football program, Central Methodist in Fayette, Mo., produced as many Academic All-Americans this year.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s first team selections included Stephen Anderson of Omaha, Neb., Garek Bebee of Wakefield, Neb., Kelby Vandenberg of David City, Neb., and Russell Walton of Franklin, Neb.

Second team selections included Matt Edwards of Omaha, Cody Eiler of O’Neill, Neb., and Brett Kaczor of Ewing, Neb.

Nebraska Wesleyan University historically ranks among the nation’s best in all divisions with a total of 116 Academic All-America Awards in all sports.