May 23, 2007
Calbert and Dorrel to Participate in Team USA
VIENNA, Va. -- Northwest Missouri State cornerback Diezeas Calbert (Omaha, Neb.), who graduated in December of 2006, has been invited to play for the 2007 United States National Team, announced today by USA Football. Calbert is one of 45 players chosen by head coach John Mackovic and his staff from all ranks of 2006 college seniors. This team is the first U.S. national team ever assembled in the sport of football.
The six-country tournament will be held July 7-15 in Kawasaki, Japan. This year's event is the third staged by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). Team USA will face Germany and Korea in pool play. The other pool will consist of host and two-time defending champion Japan along with Sweden and France. Team USA will train at San Jose State University from June 20-July 4 prior to leaving for Japan.
Calbert was a 2006 All-MIAA First Team as he appeared in all 15 games at left cornerback. A starter in the team's final six games, Calbert ranked second among all defensive backfield players with 45 tackles and was second overall with six pass-breakups. He ended his senior season with five blocked kicks (punts/field goals) and two interceptions. In his career, he played in 48 games and totaled 114 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defended.
Northwest assistant coach Adam Dorrel is one of five assistants under Mackovic for Team USA. Dorrel, who just completed his third season as a Bearcat full-time assistant, will oversee the offensive line for Team USA. Dorrel joins assistant coaches Bob Berezowitz (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater), Richard Cundiff (Texas A&M-Kingsville), George Darlington (Louisiana Tech) and Torey Hunter (Idaho State).
Dorrel earned his bachelor's degree from Northwest in 1997 after playing for the Bearcats as an offensive lineman for four seasons. He was a first-team all-region and all-conference selection as a senior. He spent one year as a graduate assistant during the 1998 national championship season before spending time at Dakota (S.D.) State in 2000 and William (Mo.) Jewell from 2001-03. Dorrel will enter 2007 at Northwest with a new label, offensive coordinator.
"This team is a complete cross section of U.S. football," said Mackovic. "We're excited that we are able to blend every level of college football and put together a team of players from schools of every size. We hope to represent our country in the highest fashion and be great ambassadors for football around the world."
Calbert joins Michael Cobbins of Missouri Western State University as representatives from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Assocation (MIAA).
For more information, log on to www.usafootball.com. USA Football is a non-profit organization leading the development and growth of youth, high school and international amateur football. In its role as the national governing body, USA Football provides programs and resources to inspire participation and improve the quality of the sport. USA Football was endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002.
2007 United States National Team
Wide Receiver: Greg Aker, Minnesota-Duluth; Bobby Awrey, Saginaw Valley State; Jon Drenckhahn, Williams; Austin Flynn, Iowa State; Steve Odom, Toledo
Tight End: D'Monn Baker, California (Pa.); Brian Thompson, Michigan
Offensive Line: Alex Atkins, Tennessee-Martin; Marcel Burrough, San Jose State; Rick Drushal, Wooster; Darrin Johnson, SMU; Kris King, Gardner-Webb; David Livengood, Indiana (Pa.); Chris Lundin, Adams State; Matt Padron; Texas State; Brad Poston, Coastal Carolina
Running Back: Doug Blakowski, Hobart; Cody Childs, Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Taylor Craig, Yale; Kyle Kasperbauer, Nebraska-Omaha; Wendell Johnson, Fairmont State
Quarterback: Adam Austin, Arizona; Jeff Ballard, TCU; Rocky Pentello, Capital
Defensive Line: Michael Cobbins, Missouri Western; Dustin Dlouhy, Montana; Ryan Kleppe, Wisconsin-Whitewater; Matt Ludeman, Western Michigan; Shawn Moorehead, Iowa State; Chris Thorner, Syracuse; Jeremy Van Alstyne, Michigan
Linebacker: Dan Adams, Holy Cross; Demetrius Eaton, Northwestern; Adam Paulson, Sioux Falls; Ryan Tully, Harvard; Brig Walker, Princeton
Secondary: Manauris Arias, Maine; Diezeas Calbert, Northwest Missouri State; Kenny Chicoine, Cal Poly; Jason Hoffschneider, North Dakota; Josh Kubiak, Mary Hardin-Baylor; Rob Rodriguez, Christopher Newport; Steve Teeples, Wisconsin-La Crosse; Cary Wade, Virginia Tech
Kicker: Craig Coffin, Southern Illinois
Team USA Breakdown
I-A- 13; FCS- 12; Division II- 10; Division III- 9; NAIA- 1
Thirty-two NCAA and NAIA conferences are represented.
3- Big 10, Ivy League, North Central, Wisconsin Intercollegiate
2- Big South, Big 12, MAC, MIAA, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
1- American Southwest, Atlantic Coast, Atlantic 10, Big East, Big Sky, Conference USA, Gateway, Great Lakes Intercollegiate, Great Plains Athletic, Great West, Liberty League, Mountain West, NESCAC, North Coast, Ohio Athletic Conference, Ohio Valley, Pac-10, Patriot League, Rocky Mountain, Southland, USA South, WAC, West Virginia Intercollegiate
By Home State
Twenty-five states are represented
6- Wisconsin; 5- Texas; 4- Ohio; 3- Florida, Virginia, 2- Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska; 1- Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington
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