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WMU's Lester is candidate for O'Brien quarterback award

Nov. 2, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Senior quarterback Tim Lester of Western Michigan University has been chosen as one of 25 top candidates for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. The award is presented annually by the Davey O'Brien Foundation of Fort Worth, Texas, to the outstanding college quarterback in the nation.

In his fourth year as a starter, Lester has led the Broncos to a 7-2 overall record, a 6-0 mark in the Mid-American Conference, and the MAC West Division title. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound signal caller leads the nation in touchdown passes (29) while ranking third in passing efficiency and fourth in passing yards.

Lester also ranks ninth all-time in NCAA Division 1-A touchdown passes and 13th in career passing. He is the MAC's all-time passing leader.

The Wheaton, Ill., native has twice been named MAC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 7, Oct. 25), a MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (Sept. 27) and a recipient of the Burger King Scholar-Athlete Award (Sept. 23). He owns a 3.41 overall GPA as a mathematics education major.

Lester is the second WMU player to be tabbed for a national award. Running back Robert Sanford was chosen a candidate for the Dr. Pepper Doak Walker Award in September.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4122; daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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