Team USA is Â an opportunity for former college athletes to represent their country through one of America’s most prized sports, football.
Tryouts are held for the team that will represent the nation against teams from five other continents in the fifth International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship. A series of practices have been held, preparing from June 29th – July 7th, and the â€œseven-nationâ€ tournaments will take place starting tomorrow through July 18 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
The U.S. Menâ€™s National Team includes athletes from 24 states and will compete against national teams from Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, Mexico and South Korea. This year, a total of five members on the roster of 48 total players, are Texas High School football products.
Andy Erickson: Erickson played for Lake Travis and current SMU coach Chad Morris during his prep career, in which he amassed a 47-1 record in his three season. Collegiately, he played in San Marcos, as a wide receiver for Texas State University. He played two years (2012, 2013), accounting for 755 yards receiving, with 3 touchdowns as well.
Curtis Slater: Slater played at Cypress Ridge High School before attending West Texas A&M, and lived in Houston, Texas. He was named 2013 Lone Star Player of the year, and finished his career with 11 interceptions.
Steven Kurfehs: A linebacker out of San Antonio, Texas, Kurfehs starred at Oâ€™Connor High School before playing his sophomore, junior, and senior years at the University of Texas San Antonio. He was named 2013 honorable mention All-Conference USA, and 2012 second-team All-Western Athletic Conference. He was also the programâ€™s all-time leading tackler (214) and second in TFL (15.5) and sacks (7.5).
Matt Oh: A resident of Plano, Matt Oh played as a linebacker for Greenville High School. He was nominated to play in the Texas All-Star game and elected captain of East Texas squad. Collegiately, he played for Dartmouth University. He has a career total of 45 tackles, 4 of those for a loss. Most recently, he played in the CFL for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Charlie Tuttle: Charlie played for Wimberley High School Â and was selected to play in the Texas High School Coaches all-star game. He led the Texans to a 9-4 record during his senior campaign. He was a center who made a very positive impact on the Texas State offensive line. He has been regarded by his fans and teammates as â€œthe best guard in the game.â€ Heâ€™ll look to aid in helping strengthen Team USAâ€™s offensive line.
Look for more from your former Texas High School favorites as IFAF round robin play begins tomorrow.