The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) selected the top Under-19 players from around the world to represent the World Team at the annual USA Football International Bowl, so it should be no surprise that former players have experienced plenty of success in college football in the United States and Canada.
In the Canadian Interuniversity Sport League, 2010 starting quarterback JEREMI DOYON-ROCH is starting as a true freshman at Sherbrooke Vert & Or. Doyon-Roch has led his team to a 2-0 start, most recently defeating McGill 39-13 and finishing the game having completed 26 of 37 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns (8 yards, 21 yards).
Many other Canadian IFAF World Team alumni have also made impressive starts to the new college football season.
2011 IFAF World Team member SHAQUILLE ARMSTRONG and 2010 alum CHRISTIAN WALCOTT led Concordia University to their first victory of the season, defeating Bishop's 25-18. In the first two games of the season Walcott has recorded a total of 10 tackles including one for a loss of 2 yards.
STEVEN LUMBALA, a 2010 and 2011 IFAF World Team member, simply could not be stopped on Friday night. The third-year product of St. Francis High School racked up 204 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winner with just 18 seconds left, as the University of Calgary Dinos improved to 2-0 on the season with a 30-25 win against UBC.
On the defensive side of the ball, DOCTOR CASSAMA from Sweden and LINDON GAYDOSH contributed to the victory. Gaydosh made four tackles along with forcing and recovering a fumble. Cassama, who recorded four tackles and recovered a fumble, found his way to Calgary after impressing the head coach Blake Nill at the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship where he was named to the All-Tournament Team. He was also an all-star for Sweden at the 2008 Junior European Championships.
Also on the Dinos' team is 2011 World team member, JAKE HARTY whomade an early impression in his first CIS game with the Calgary Dinos last week, returning his first touch of the football 88 yards for a touchdown on a Manitoba kickoff in the first quarter. Calgary went on to win 35-31 and Harty put up 242 all-purpose yards in the game and was named the Canada West special teams Player of the week for his efforts. In this week's game, Harty caught for 71 yards including a 19-yard touchdown and ran for 65 yards on kickoff returns.
Despite York University Lions falling to Toronto 10-8, rookie defensive back MARCUS GRANDISON had another impressive game leading the Lions in tackles for the second consecutive week with 7 and also broke up a pass.
IFAF World Team head coach GREG MARSHALL opened his season with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs a 2-0 with a 48-17 win against McMaster.
The Mustangs feature three Canadian former IFAF World Team players including 2011 starting quarterback BEN ROSSONG who ran for 18 yards and completed a pass for 6 yards. MARCUS BABIC made four tackles while DAVID LEE had six tackles including one for a loss of a yard.
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies features eight former IFAF World Team players on the roster, including JAHLANI GILBERT-KNORREN, a second-year university quarterback from Edmonton, who facing second-20 from his own 10-yard line passed to the right side of the field to Dexter Janke who made the catch, turned upfield and scorched an 100-yard pass and run touchdown. The Huskies went on to win 33-10 over Regina. Gilbert-Knorren was a huge offensive spark for the 2011 IFAF World Team that narrowly lost to USA 21-14.
Other IFAF World Team players helping in the win were LEVI STEINHAUER with four tackles including two sacks for a loss of five yards, JOEL SUETTER with two tackles, LUKE THIEL whoreturned four punts 89 yards and defensively made an interception and a tackle, and JERIT LAMBERT who ran for 21 yards and made one catch for 11 yards.
The University of Ottawa kicked off the OUA football regular season 2-0 with a 19-6 win over Queen's. TYLER SAWYER led the defense with five tackles, SOONBUM CHA, who took part in both the 2010 and 2011 USA Football International Bowl, had five tackles and ran for two yards.
Former 2009 Team Canada and 2010 IFAF World Team kicker TYLER CRAPIGNA had a busy opening game during his McMasters 26-2 win against Queen's connecting on four of six field goals, 2-2 on extra points, punted for 240 yards and totaled 185 yards on kickoffs. Crapigna made field goals from 16, 20, 29, and 35 yards.
Alabama is currently 2-0, as the Crimson Tide totaled 359 yards of offense during a 27-11 victory against Penn State at Beaver Stadium before a crowd of 107,846. Australian JESSE WILLIAMS recorded two tackles and broke up a pass during the win. He began his football career in Australia and then played two years of junior college football at Arizona Western College where he was named #2 Player in the Rivals.com 2011 JUCO Top 50.
Florida State University and Berlin native BJOERN WERNER continues to have a successful 2011 season, as FSU wasted little time jumping all over Charleston Southern scoring on the first three possessions of the ballgame before running away with a 62-10 victory. Starting at defensive end, the German collected one tackle.
Werner represented Germany at the inaugural 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship held in Canton, Ohio and he was also selected to the IFAF World Team in 2010. Werner played his junior football in his homeland with the Berlin Adler before launching a standout prep school career at the Salisbury School in Connecticut as a member of the USA Football International Student Program.
AIULUA FANENE, a native of American Samoa who was also a 2010 IFAF World Team member, started for his Arizona Wildcats during the 37-14 loss to Oklahoma State. The game was a rematch of last year's Alamo Bowl.
Austrian native ALEKSANDAR MILANOVIC, who along with playing for the IFAF World Team in 2010 also represented his national team at the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship, is now playing at Sacramento State who opened their regular season with a 29-28 overtime victory at Oregon State but then fell to Southern Utah 35-10.
Freshman Canadian defensive end, MEHDI ABDESMAD recorded two tackles in his first collegiate game as his Boston College Eagles fell to Northwestern 24-17 and played in the Eagles' 30-3 loss to Central Florida. Abdesmad played in the 2010 USA Football International Bowl and helped Canada to a silver medal at the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship.
BRANDON BRIDGE, who split time with Doyon-Roch at quarterback in 2010 for the IFAF World Team, passed for 253 yards, threw two touchdowns and rushed for 62 yards but was not enough to secure Alcorn State a victory as his team fell 27-20 to host team Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
JACOB RUBY played in UCONN's 24-21 loss to Vanderbilt and Canadian compatriot DILLON GUY participated in Buffalo's 35-7 win against Stony Brook as the Bulls improved to 1-1.
A member of the first IFAF World development team JUSTIN TAIMATUIA is playing college football at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. The team recorded its first victory of the season defeating Independence 35-14 as the American Samoa native made seven tackles - second highest on the team.
The recent 2011 European Junior Championship in Seville, Spain, featured multiple former IFAF World Team and development team members, including ANDREAS HOFBAUER and LAURINHO WALCH who led their Austrian National team to a gold medal. Hofbauer was named game MVP and selected for the All-Tournament team.
Sweden featured MARKUS WESTMAN and PONTUS WESTMAN and development team members ERIK RAUGE, ROBIN SVALLIN and TOM HAGSTEN as they claimed the bronze medal by defeating Germany 21-14. Germany featured MARVIN EHIMARE, MARCEL REIP and FARID JANSEN.