USA Football selects 45-player roster to represent United States
Forty-five U.S. football players age 20 and older have been selected to play on the 2015 U.S. Men’s National Team, assembled by USA Football.
The team will compete in the fifth International Federation of American Football World Championship, a seven-nation tournament held July 9-18 in Canton, Ohio. IFAF works with 78 countries spanning six continents that possess national federations dedicated solely to American football.
The U.S. Men’s National Team includes athletes from 24 states and will compete in a field against national teams from Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, Mexico and South Korea. The IFAF World Championship has been held every four years since 1999. In 2011, the United States defeated Canada, 50-7, for the gold medal in Vienna, Austria. The U.S. beat Japan, 23-20, in double overtime in Kawasaki, Japan, to win the 2007 tournament, the first that included a team from the United States.
The U.S. Men’s National Team is led by former Boise State and Colorado head football coach Dan Hawkins. Hawkins was 53-11 at Boise State from 2001-05, winning four consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles. His teams compiled a 31-game WAC winning streak, the longest in conference history. His five seasons at Colorado (2006-10) included a win over No. 3 Oklahoma in 2007, the same year he led the Buffaloes to the Independence Bowl.
Prior to Boise State, Hawkins coached Willamette University in Salem, Ore., to a 40-12-1 record from 1993-97, earning two conference titles and a 1997 NAIA championship game berth. Currently serving as a college football analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Hawkins was the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2013.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) granted IFAF provisional recognition in December 2013. Provisional recognition is the initial step toward permanent IOC membership, which IFAF could attain as early as 2016. IFAF’s permanent IOC membership would make American football eligible for a future vote to become part of the Summer Olympics lineup.
All games will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium and available via live stream or ESPN3. Matchups are July 9, 12 and 15 with consolation games and the medal round on Saturday, July 18. Kickoffs are noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on July 9, 12, 15 and 18 to determine gold, silver and bronze medal winners.
USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States.
2015 U.S. Men’s National Team roster:
|1||Bryan Douglas||DB||5-9||175||Boise State||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|3||Dylan Favre||QB||5-10||195||Tennessee-Martin||Martin, Tenn.|
|4||Talir Satterfield-Rowe||RB||5-10||200||West Virginia State||Camden, N.J.|
|5||Drew Banks||WR||5-9||165||Middle Tennessee State||Brandywine, Md.|
|6||Mike Edwards||DB||5-9||190||Hawaii||Beachwood, Ohio|
|7||David Guthrie||LB||5-10||205||New Mexico||Albuquerque, N.M.|
|8||Calvin Burnett Jr.||DB||5-10||180||Indiana State||Orlando, Fla.|
|11||Kevin Burke||QB||5-10||185||Mount Union||Westlake, Ohio|
|13||Trent Steelman||WR||6-0||205||Army||Bowling Green, Ky.|
|18||Andy Erickson||WR||5-10||175||Texas State||San Marcos, Texas|
|20||Robert Virgil||DB||6-0||205||Sioux Falls||Sioux Falls, S.D.|
|22||Curtis Slater||DB||5-8||185||West Texas A&M||Houston, Texas|
|25||Larry Dixon||RB||5-11||239||Army||Bremerton, Wash.|
|27||Nick Griffin||RB||5-11||233||Mississippi State||New Augusta, Miss.|
|30||Cliff Stokes||DB||6-2||185||Iowa State||Tallahassee, Fla.|
|32||Dan Zeidman||P-PK||6-0||205||Idaho State||Charlotte, N.C.|
|34||Alex Gross||LB||5-11||220||Columbia||Kettering, Ohio|
|35||Scott Thompson||LB||5-11||244||North Carolina State||Laguna Niguel, Calif.|
|36||Jack Sherlock||DL||6-4||250||South Dakota State||Chicago, Ill.|
|40||Derrick Webb||LB||6-0||225||Colorado||Memphis, Tenn.|
|41||T.L. Edwards||DB||5-11||184||Middle Tennessee State||Moreno Valley, Calif.|
|42||Lucky Dozier||DB||5-10||185||Northern Arizona||Flagstaff, Ariz.|
|44||B.J. Beatty||LB||6-2||235||Colorado||Kaawa, Hawaii|
|45||Chad Young||RB||5-10||255||San Diego State||La Verne, Calif.|
|46||Talib Wise||LB||6-1||205||Nevada||Chicago, Ill.|
|50||Steven Kurfehs||LB||6-3||233||Texas-San Antonio||San Antonio, Texas|
|55||Chris Alvarez||DL||6-2||240||Rowan||Cliffside Park, N.J.|
|58||Matt Oh||LB||6-2||230||Dartmouth||Plano, Texas|
|61||Alex Land||OL||6-3||298||Weber State||Ogden, Utah|
|67||Mike Criste||OL||6-5||316||Washington||Seattle, Wash.|
|70||Randall Harris||OL||6-3||295||Towson||Lanham, Md.|
|71||Jeremy Galten||OL||6-5||295||Southern Cal||Foster City, Calif.|
|73||Zack Williams||OL||6-4||300||Washington State||Las Vegas, Nev.|
|74||Manrey Saint-Amour||OL||6-2||285||Georgia Southern||Suwanee, Ga.|
|76||Charlie Tuttle||OL||6-2||300||Texas State||San Marcos, Texas|
|77||Bryan Wick||DL||6-4||280||Bemidji State||Duluth, Minn.|
|79||James Atoe||OL||6-6||375||Washington||Marysville, Wash.|
|81||Kevin Cummings||WR||6-1||184||Oregon State||Corvallis, Ore.|
|83||Quillan Mathis||WR||6-1||205||Northwood||Mount Pleasant, Mich.|
|84||Ernst Brun||TE||6-4||250||Iowa State||Ankeny, Iowa|
|86||Carrington Hanna||TE||6-2||218||Sioux Falls||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|87||Brad Smithey||WR||5-10||185||SW Oklahoma State||Durant, Okla.|
|88||Luc Meacham||WR||6-1||200||Mount Union||Toledo, Ohio|
|91||Willie Mobley||DL||6-2||280||New Mexico State||Ladera Ranch, Calif.|
|92||Alec May||LB||6-3||245||Georgetown||Wrentham, Mass.|
2015 U.S. Men’s National Team coaching staff:
|Dan Hawkins||Head coach||Former Boise State and Colorado head coach||Boise, Idaho|
|Paul Wulff||Offensive coordinator/ Offensive linemen||Former San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant||Tampa, Fla.|
|Robert Tucker||Defensive coordinator||West Hills Community College
|Cody Hawkins||Quarterbacks||Former Ohio State University graduate assistant||Chicago, Ill.|
|Darian Hagan||Running backs||University of Colorado director of player development||Thornton, Colo.|
|Dan Morrison||Receivers||Former Southern Methodist University associate head coach||Dallas, Texas|
|Jerry Brady||Defensive linemen||West Hills Community College defensive line coach||Ione, Calif.|
|Isaiah Jackson||Linebackers||West Virginia State University defensive line coach||Dunbar, W.Va.|
|Matt White||Defensive backs||West Hills Community College linebackers coach||Coalinga, Calif.|