United States national American football team

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United States United States
American Football Team
USA Football National Team Logo.svg
Founded
  • 1984
  • IFAF Affiliation: 2002
AssociationUSA Football
DivisionNorth America (PAFAF)
Colors  Red,   White, and   Blue
Head coachDan Hawkins
General managerTodd Bell
Uniforms
First international South Korea 0–77  United States
(Kawasaki, Japan; July 10, 2007)
Biggest win France 0–82  United States
(Canton, United States; July 15, 2015)
Biggest defeat Germany 14 – 13  United States
(Wrocław, Poland; July 24, 2017)
United States national American football team
Medal record
Men's American football
Representing  United States
World Championship
Gold medal – first place 2007 Japan Team Competition
Gold medal – first place 2011 Austria Team Competition
Gold medal – first place 2015 United States Team Competition
World Games
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Poland Team Competition

The United States National American football team represents the United States in international men's American football competitions. It is currently controlled by USA Football and is recognized by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF).

During the 2015 split between IFAF Paris and IFAF New York, in which IFAF Paris expelled USA Football in 2017.[1] USA Football was replaced by the United States Federation of American Football in Paris, while New York retained USA Football as their active member.

The United States is the most successful team at the IFAF World Championship, winning on all three of their entries in the tournament, most recently when hosting the event in 2015. The U.S. team suffered its first defeat at the 2017 World Games, being represented by Americans playing professionally in European leagues who were selected by USFAF.

Player eligibility[edit]

The national team was selected to encompass a cross-section of amateur football in the United States, and as such USA Football used strict criteria to select team members. This does not permit the top American football players in the United States to compete as the restrictions include:

  • Professionals from any US or Canadian league were ineligible
  • Player must have graduated from college—current college players were ineligible
  • All levels of NCAA and NAIA athletics were required to be represented, not just FBS

These criteria are applied to make international tournaments more competitive.

IFAF World Championship[edit]

2007[edit]

The United States competed for the first time in the 2007 IFAF World Cup. The team's first ever game was a 77–0 smashing of South Korea in the first round of the tournament. The Team USA defense set an IFAF all-time tournament record in holding South Korea to minus-31 yards in total offense, as well as the record for fewest rushing yards allowed with minus-47. In the second round the USA defeated Germany 33–7. They played Japan on July 15 for the championship. Japan was making their third appearance in the finals, winning the previous two World Championships. Japan took a 17–10 lead with seven minutes and seven seconds left in regulation. University of Arizona quarterback Adam Austin guided Team USA with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with the second 5-yard touchdown run by RB Kyle Kasperbauer, to tie the game at 17. IFAF follows the overtime system used by the NCAA, and both teams scored field goals with their first possession. In the second overtime, Japan got the ball first but missed a 34-yard field goal attempt. Team USA then reached Japan's 6-yard line. On 4th and one, Craig Coffin kicked the game winning 22-yard field goal, with the final score at 23–20. University of Nebraska-Omaha running back Kyle Kasperbauer was named MVP of the game after scoring two touchdowns and running for 54 yards on 15 carries. Austin finished 12 of 25 for 109 yards, with no TD's, and one interception. Former Williams player Jon Drenckhahn was the top receiver, catching 5 passes for 40 yards.

The team included players representing all levels of college football, with 13 from NCAA Division I FBS, 12 from NCAA Division I FCS, 10 from NCAA Division II, 9 from NCAA Division III and 1 former NAIA player.

2007 USA national football team roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

  • Bob Berezowitz
  • Richard Cundiff
  • George Darlington
  • Adam Dorrel
  • Clayt Birmingham

Trainer

  • Yosuke Murashima

Equipment Manager

  • Taylor Hanohano

Director of Operations

  • Todd Bell

Roster accessed 2009-02-23

2011[edit]

The head coach of Team USA was Mel Tjeerdsma of Northwest Missouri State University, with Larry Kehres the offensive coordinator and Lou Tepper the defensive coordinator.[2] Players on the team were announced on the official Team USA Facebook on April 28, 2011. On July 8, Team USA played its 1st game, defeating Australia 61–0. After beating Mexico on July 11, the team qualified for its 2nd consecutive World Cup gold medal game. On July 16, USA defeated Canada 50–7 to claim its 2nd consecutive World Championship.

The United States routed Canada 50–7 in the Gold Medal game of the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship. The 20,000 fans in attendance at Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria, set a record for an IFAF Championship game. The game was never close, with Team USA leading 37–7 at halftime. Team USA dominated the rushing game, outgaining Canada 247–48, with four players scoring touchdowns on the ground. While Henry Harris led the way for the Americans on the ground, with 114 yards on 15 carries and a TD, Mount Union RB Nate Kmic was the only American to score two touchdowns on the day. University of Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins was 13 of 21 for 161 yards and 2 TD passes. Ricardo Lenhart (Otterbein) led the receivers, with 3 catches for 63 yards. The U.S. defense recorded four sacks, and Jordan Lake caught two interceptions.

2011 USA national football team roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

  •  3 Greg Betterson
  •  2 Ricardo Lenhart
  • 20 Taylor Malm
  •  8 Korey Williams

Tight Ends

  • 88 Mike Peterson
Offensive Linemen
  • 58 Brandon Jordan
  • 72 Frank Knights
  • 65 Josh Koeppel
  • 70 Luke Summers
  • 77 Dane Wardenburg
  • 60 Cameron Zipp

Defensive Linemen

  • 91 Charles Bay DE
  • 51 Gerard Bryant DL
  • 99 Daniel Calvin DT
  • 55 Daniel Catalano DE
  • 93 Wacey Coleman DL
  • 92 Johnny Dingle DT
Linebackers
  • 42 Demetrius Eaton
  • 43 Terrence Jackson
  • 56 John Jacobs
  •  6 Lane Olson
  • 24 Osayi Osunde
  • 44 Zach Watkins

Defensive Backs

  • 30 Maurice Banks DB
  •  9 Myles Burnsides DB
  • 27 Jeff Franklin CB
  • 21 Jordan Lake S
  • 12 DeWayne Lewis CB
  • 33 Joe Sturdivant S
  • 23 Daniel Tromello DB
  • 22 Stephan Virgil CB

Special Teams

  • 17 Gregg Berkshire K/P
Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

  • Larry Kehres (Offensive Coordinator)
  • Lou Tepper (Defensive Coordinator)
  • Steve Berstein (Defensive Backs)
  • Derrick Williams (Defensive Backs)
  • Matt Webb (Defensive Line)
  • Erik Raeburn (Offensive Line)
  • Mickey Joseph (Running Backs)
  • Adam Austin (Wide Receivers)
  • Jordan Brown (Tight Ends)

Director of Operations

  • Jordan Brown

Roster updated 2011-07-08

2015[edit]

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. The U.S. Men's National Team includes athletes from 24 states.

2015 USA national football team roster
Quarterbacks
  • 11 Kevin Burke (Mount Union)
  •  3 Dylan Favre (University of Tennessee-Martin)

Running Backs

  •  6 Sadale Foster (Texas Tech)
  • 27 Nick Griffin (Mississippi State)
  •  4 Talir Satterfield-Rowe (West Virginia State)
  • 28 Aaron Wimberly (Iowa State)

Wide Receivers

  •  5 Drew Banks (Middle Tennessee State)
  • 81 Kevin Cummings (Oregon State)
  • 18 Andy Erickson (Texas State)
  • 83 Quillan Mathis (Northwood)
  • 88 Luc Meacham (Mount Union)
  • 87 Brad Smithey (SW Oklahoma State)
  • 13 Trent Steelman (Army)

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen
  • 79 James Atoe (Washington)
  • 67 Mike Criste (Washington)
  • 71 Jeremy Galten (Southern California)
  • 70 Randall Harris (Towson)
  • 61 Alex Land (Weber State)
  • 74 Manrey Saint-Amour (Georgia Southern)
  • 76 Charlie Tuttle (Texas State)
  • 73 Zack Williams (Washington State)

Defensive Linemen

  • 55 Chris Alvarez (Rowan)
  • 91 Willie Mobley (New Mexico State)
  • 36 Jack Sherlock (South Dakota State)
  • 77 Bryan Wick (Bemidji State)
Linebackers
  • 44 B. J. Beatty (Colorado)
  • 34 Alex Gross (Columbia)
  •  7 David Guthrie (New Mexico)
  • 50 Steven Kurfehs (Texas-San Antonio)
  • 92 Alec May (Georgetown)
  • 58 Matt Oh (Dartmouth)
  • 35 Scott Thompson (North Carolina State)
  • 40 Derrick Webb (Colorado)
  • 46 Talib Wise (Nevada)

Defensive Backs

  •  8 Calvin Burnett Jr. (Indiana State)
  •  1 Bryan Douglas (Boise State)
  • 42 Lucky Dozier (Northern Arizona)
  •  6 Mike Edwards (Hawaii)
  • 41 T. L. Edwards (Middle Tennessee State)
  • 22 Curtis Slater (West Texas A&M)
  • 30 Cliff Stokes (Iowa State)
  • 20 Robert Virgil (Sioux Falls)

Special Teams

  • 32 Dan Zeidman (Idaho State)
Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

  • Paul Wulff – Offensive coordinator/ Offensive linemen
  • Robert Tucker – Defensive coordinator
  • Cody Hawkins – Quarterbacks
  • Darian Hagan – Running backs
  • Dan Morrison – Receivers
  • Jerry Brady – Defensive linemen
  • Isaiah Jackson – Linebackers
  • Matt White – Defensive backs

Roster updated 2011-07-08

World Games[edit]

2017[edit]

During the 2015 split between IFAF Paris and IFAF New York, in which IFAF Paris expelled USA Football in 2017.[3] USA Football was replaced by the United States Federation of American Football in Paris, while New York retained USA Football as their active member. Since IFAF New York was recognized by the International Olympic Committee at the time, the United States Federation of American Football was permitted to organize the United States national American football team for the 2017 World Games

Players, mainly semi-professional or Americans playing in Europe, were chosen for the team on May 31, 2017. Players were promised full funding from the United States Federation of American Football, however, the funding never came and many players had to find their own way to Wroclaw. Most of the team arrived the day before their opening match vs the Germany national American football team. The Americans lost to Germany 13-14, in which was the first loss ever for a United States national American football team in international competition.

1 2 34Total
 United States 0 7 6013
 Germany 0 7 0714

at Olympic Stadium, Wrocław

  • Date: 22 July 2017
  • Game time: 13:00
  • Referee: Perez Canto Juan (FRA)
  • Report

The United States were able to rebound two days later and defeat the Poland national American football team 14-7 en route to a bronze medal at the 2017 World Games.

1 2 34Total
 United States 0 7 0714
 Poland 0 0 707

at Olympic Stadium, Wrocław

  • Date: 24 July 2017
  • Game time: 13:00
  • Referee: Doboczky Zoltan (GER)
  • Report
2017 USA national football team roster
Quarterbacks
  •  4 Dustin Hawke Willingham
  • 11 Mike van Deripe
  • 17 John Preston Rabb

Running Backs

  • 22 Triston McCatheron
  • 24 Joe Bergeron

Wide Receivers

  •  3 Cam Countryman
  •  6 Terry Gaitor III
  • 10 Tyrell Blanks
  • 12 Mario Brown
  • 18 Anthony Benson
  • 80 Nick Sweet

Tight Ends

  • 19 Brett Perkins
Offensive Linemen
  • 52 John Van Vliet
  • 60 Randall Jackson-Clemens
  • 70 Dante Cattaneo
  • 71 Eric Janeau
  • 72 Zakkary Packard
  • 74 Giluliano Cattaneo

Defensive Linemen

  • 15 Taylor Palmer
  • 28 Ryan Seaberg
  • 53 Jabrai Regan
  • 99 Archie Zaniewski
Linebackers
  •  2 Oscar Vazquez-Dyer
  •  5 Meechi Eaton
  • 25 Gary Stevenson
  • 40 Nick Reyna
  • 42 Zachary Blair
  • 44 Patrick Fitzgerald


Defensive Backs

  •  1 Deante Battle
  •  7 Davarus Shores
  •  9 Lamar Hall
  • 13 Austin Jones
  • 14 Cody Smith
  • 16 TJ Richardson
  • 26 Billy Carlile

Special Teams

  • 27 John Moorhead
Head Coach
  • Rudy Wyland

Assistant Coaches

  • Edward Winston – Offensive linemen
  • Kevin Booker – Defensive coordinator
  • Ethan Buford – Special Teams
  • Mark Brobeck – Running backs
  • JC Hardy – Receivers
  • Gavin Campbell – Defensive backs

Trainer

  • Danny Poitier

Equipment Manager

  • Peter Bertha

Roster updated 2017-07-24

IFAF World Championship All-time Records[edit]

Nation Wins Losses Pct
 Australia 1 0 1.000
 Canada 1 0 1.000
 France 1 0 1.000
 Germany 2 0 1.000
 Japan 3 0 1.000
 Mexico 2 0 1.000
 South Korea 1 0 1.000

IFAF World Championship record[edit]

Year Position GP W L PF PA
Italy 1999 Did Not Participate
Germany 2003
Japan 2007 1st 3 3 0 133 27
Austria 2011 1st 4 4 0 176 21
United States 2015 1st 4 4 0 214 36

Game records[edit]

  • Most First Downs: 27 vs. Japan 7-12-15
  • Most Points Scored: 82 vs. France 7-16-15
  • Most Passing Yards: 267 Cody Hawkins vs. Mexico 7-12-11
  • Most Rushing Yards: 117 Aaron Wimberly vs. France 7-15-15
  • Most Receiving Yards: 106 Nate Kmic vs. Australia 7-8-11
  • Most Team Sacks: 8 vs. Mexico 7-9-15
  • Most Team Tackles for Loss: 18.5 vs. Mexico 7-9-15
  • Longest Play (Rushing): 60 Sadale Foster vs. Japan 7-12-15
  • Longest Play (Passing): 64 McLaughlin to Malm vs. Australia 7-8-11
  • Longest Play (Punt Return): 74 Awrey vs. South Korea 7-10-07
  • Longest Play (Kickoff Return): 84 Awrey 84 vs. South Korea 7-10-07
  • Longest Play (Field Goal): 46 Berkshire vs. Mexico 7-12-11
  • Longest Play (Interception Return): 77 Banks vs. Germany 7-10-11
  • Longest Play (Fumble Return): 10 Jackson vs. Germany 7-10-11
  • Longest Play (Blocked Punt Return Touchdown): 26 Calbert vs. Australia 7-8-11
  • Longest Play (Blocked Field Goal Return Touchdown): 75 Dingle vs. Germany 7-10-11

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IFAF Paris expels USA Football from American football". American Football International. 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2014-01-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "IFAF Paris expels USA Football from American football". American Football International. 9 May 2017.

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