US Men's National Team selected for eight-nation IFAF Senior World Championship

USA Football on 06/17/2011


Thirty-nine former college football standouts have been selected to play for the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team in football in the fourth International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Senior World ChampionshipJuly 8-16 in Austria. USA Football assembles America's national teams in the sport for international competition.

The IFAF Senior World Championship is an eight-nation football tournament held every four years since 1999. Games will be played in Graz, Innsbruck and Vienna. Team USA defeated Japan, 23-20, in double overtime in Tokyo, Japan, to win the 2007 tournament, the first that included the United States. Prior to America's participation, Japan earned gold medals at the first two IFAF Senior World Championships played in Palermo, Italy (1999), and Frankfurt, Germany (2003).

Highlighting Team USA's roster are former Colorado starting quarterback Cody Hawkins, former University of Mount Union (Ohio) running back Nate Kmic and former Southern Utah defensive back DeWayne Lewis.

Hawkins established most major passing records with the Buffaloes, including yards (7,409), touchdown passes (70), completions (667) and attempts (1,214). He was named honorable mention Freshman All-America after throwing for 2,693 yards and 19 touchdowns as well as leading Colorado to an Independence Bowl victory in 2007.

Kmic is the NCAA's career rushing leader with 8,074 yards on 1189 carries (6.8 average), eclipsing the all-divisions record his senior year in 2008. Named to The Associated Press Little All-America team in 2008, he led Mount Union to three of its 10 NCAA Division III national championships (2005, '06 and '08).

Lewis played two seasons in the NFL after a brilliant college career at Southern Utah. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, playing parts of that season and the next with Jacksonville before signing with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fifty-nine (59) countries spanning five continents possess national football federations dedicated solely to football.

There are 21 players not on Team USA with either NFL practice squad or NFL Europe experience. In addition, Canada's national team includes 13 current Canadian Football League players. Punter Ben Graham of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals will play for his native Australia.

Team USA is led by former Northwest Missouri State University head coach and three-time NCAA Division II national champion Mel Tjeerdsma (pronounced "CHURCH-ma"). Six players will be added to the U.S. roster in the coming weeks. All IFAF Senior World Championship players must be at least 20 years old.

The United States is part of Group A along with Australia, Germany and Mexico. Group B includes Austria, Canada, France and Japan. A round robin schedule in group play determines who will compete for gold and bronze medals.

USA Football is the sport's national governing body in the United States. National team participation does not affect NCAA eligibility.

Tjeerdsma led Northwest Missouri State to a 183-43 (.810) record in 17 seasons there. He was among the first three coaches inducted into the NCAA Division II College Football Hall of Fame before retiring in 2010.

"Our roster holds tremendously skilled players who recognize that success in football is rooted in playing as a team - and playing for America galvanizes us even more," Tjeerdsma said. "We'll be ready to face excellent competition in Austria and celebrate the world's greatest game on an international stage."

USA Football's national team program is supported by the following corporate partners: Riddell, Marriott, Sports Authority, Gatorade, Shock Doctor and Rawlings.

U.S. Men's National Team roster:

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

College

Hometown

30

Maurice Banks

DB

6-3

212

Georgetown

Brandywine, Md.

5

Matt Bassuener

QB

6-2

210

Georgetown

Port Edwards, Wisc.

91

Charles Bay

DE

6-3

250

Dartmouth

Marietta, Ga.

17

Gregg Berkshire

K-P

6-2

201

Ashland (Ohio)

Ashland, Ohio

3

Greg Betterson

WR

6-0

185

Delta State (Miss.)

Niagara Falls, N.Y.

40

Richie Brockel

FB

6-1

250

Boise State

Phoenix, Ariz.

51

Gerard Bryant

DL

6-0

250

St. Lawrence (N.Y.)

White Plains, N.Y.

9

Myles Burnsides

DB

5-11

194

Northwest Missouri St.

Maryville, Mo.

99

Daniel Calvin

DT

6-3

317

Kansas State

Bakersfield, Calif.

55

Daniel Catalano

DE

6-4

265

Northern Michigan

Belle Mead, N.J.

93

Wacey Coleman

DL

6-2

245

Black Hills State

Rozet, Wyo.

92

Johnny Dingle

DL

6-3

270

West Virginia

Miami, Fla.

42

Demetrius Eaton

LB

6-2

250

Northwestern

Milwaukee, Wis.

27

Jeff Franklin

CB

5-8

185

Central State (Ohio)

Fairborn, Ohio

32

Henry Harris

RB

5-8

185

Southeast Missouri State

Memphis, Tenn.

7

Cody Hawkins

QB

5-11

190

Colorado

Boise, Idaho

43

Terrence Jackson

LB

5-11

235

Indiana-Pennsylvania

Media, Pa.

56

John Jacobs

LB

6-2

230

Saginaw (Mich.) Valley State

Prudenville, Mich.

58

Brandon Jordan

OL

6-4

315

Missouri S&T

New Orleans, La.

1

Nate Kmic

RB

5-9

195

Mount Union (Ohio)

Delta, Ohio

72

Frank Knights

OL

6-1

300

Southeast Missouri State

Aptos, Calif.

65

Josh Koeppel

OL

6-2

273

Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

21

Jordan Lake

S

6-1

215

Baylor

Houston, Texas

2

Ricardo Lenhart

WR

6-3

190

Otterbein

Sidney, Ohio

12

DeWayne Lewis

CB

5-11

190

Southern Utah

Denver, Colo.

20

Taylor Malm

WR

5-9

192

Northwestern (Iowa)

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

13

Ben McLaughlin

QB

6-3

205

Louisiana College

Dierks, Ark.

6

Lane Olson

LB

5-10

210

Wisconsin-Whitewater

Racine, Wis.

24

Osayi Osunde

LB

6-1

245

Villanova

Bloomsburg, Pa.

88

Mike Peterson

TE

6-2

245

Northwest Missouri State

Atlantic, Iowa

33

Joe Sturdivant

S

6-2

210

SMU

Lilburn, Ga.

70

Luke Summers

OL

6-4

290

Mount Union (Ohio)

New Middletown, Ohio

25

Da'Shawn Thomas

RB

5-11

205

Univ. of Western Ontario

Newport, Ark.

23

Daniel Tromello

DB

6-0

200

Occidental

Newbury Park, Calif.

22

Stephan Virgil

CB

5-11

190

Virginia Tech

Rocky Mount, N.C.

77

Dane Warderburg

OL

6-7

290

Northwest Missouri State

Creston, Iowa

44

Zach Watkins

LB

6-0

232

Washburn (Kan.)

Independence, Mo.

8

Korey Williams

WR

6-0

185

Northwestern Oklahoma St.

New Orleans, La.

54

Cameron Zipp

OL

6-1

278

Southern Mississippi

Mandeville, La.

U.S. Men's National Team coaching staff:

Name

Position

College

Mel Tjeerdsma

Head coach

Former Northwest Missouri State head coach

Larry Kehres

Offensive coordinator

Mount Union (Ohio) head coach

Lou Tepper

Defensive coordinator

Former Illinois head coach

Steve Bernstein

Defensive backs

Former Virginia secondary coach

Derrick Williams

Defensive backs

Mary-Hardin Baylor (Texas) secondary coach

Matt Webb

Defensive line

Southeastern Louisiana State defensive coordinator

Erik Raeburn

Offensive line

Wabash (Ind.) head coach

Mickey Joseph

Running backs

Langston (Okla.) interim head coach

Adam Austin

Receivers

Midwestern State (Texas) quarterbacks coach

Jordan Brown

Tight ends/Football Ops

Hastings (Neb.) defensive line coach