David Herman Named To U.S. Junior National Football Team

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross incoming freshman defensive lineman David Herman (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been selected to play for the 2009 United States Football Junior National Team, which will compete in the sport's first junior world championship this summer. Herman is one of 45 graduating high school seniors who will play on America's first junior national team in football.

Team USA will compete in the eight-nation, four-continent 2009 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, from June 27-July 5. National football teams from Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden have qualified to join the United States to pursue the sport's first world championship on the international junior level (for players 19 and under).

"David is a talented player coming out of a top notch high school program," said Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore. "I expect him to provide excellent leadership for the U.S. Junior National Team. It is truly an honor for Holy Cross to have David included in an important international competition."

Herman helped lead St. Xavier High School to an Ohio Division I state championship in 2007 and earned All-Greater Catholic League honors as a senior. He also won letters in wrestling and volleyball at St. Xavier.

Team USA will be led by Chuck Kyle, head coach of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, who has led his Wildcats to 10 of Ohio's past 21 state titles, including two USA Today national championships. Joining Herman in Canton is St. Xavier High School head coach Steve Specht, who will serve as Team USA's defensive coordinator.

For complete information on the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship, click here.

The complete roster for the 2009 U.S. Football Junior National Team follows.



Name                 Pos.  Ht.   Wt.  High School               Hometown               College
Oday Aboushi         OL    6-6   300  Brooklyn Xaverian         Brooklyn, N.Y.         Virginia
Robert Bell          LB    6-0   222  East Grand Rapids         Grand Rapids, Mich.    Toledo
Prestin Brown        DE    6-3   242  Grand Prairie             Grand Prairie, Texas   Texas State
Phillip Butterfield  QB    6-2   210  Lake Hamilton             Hot Springs, Ark.      Arkansas State
Kevin Cummings       WR    6-2   180  Encino Crespi             Culver City, Calif.    Oregon State
Zach Cutkomp         RB    5-11  185  West Des Moines Valley    West Des Moines, Iowa  Northern Iowa
Jamal Davis          WR    6-3   185  Coral Springs Charter     Coral Springs, Fla.    Florida Atlantic
Tyler Dippel         FB    6-4   250  Hartford-Union            Slinger, Wis.          Wisconsin
Aaron Dobson         WR    6-3   185  South Charleston          Dunbar, W.Va.          Marshall
Tariq Edwards        LB    6-3   215  Marlboro County           Cheraw, S.C.           Virginia Tech
A.J. Ferguson        DE    6-3   250  South Brunswick           Southport, N.C.        N.C. State
Brian Fields         RB    5-9   190  William Penn              New Castle, Del.       Western Michigan
Noel Grigsby         WR    5-11  175  Los Angeles Crenshaw      Los Angeles, Calif.    San Jose State
James Hall           RB    5-8   170  Las Cruces                Las Cruces, N.M.       New Mexico St.
Chris Henderson      DT    6-1   280  Dallas Carter             Dallas, Texas          Texas A&M
David Herman         DE    6-3   230  Cincinnati St. Xavier     Cincinnati, Ohio       Holy Cross
Pat Hinkel           S     6-1   190  Cleveland St. Ignatius    Cleveland, Ohio        Miami (Ohio)
Storm Klein          LB    6-2   225  Licking Valley            Newark, Ohio           Ohio State
Corey Lillard        S     5-11  205  Bealeton Liberty          Remington, Va.         Virginia
Mike Loftus          P/K   6-2   190  Anaheim Servite           Villa Park,  Calif.    SMU
Erik Lora            WR    5-11  175  Christopher Columbus      Miami, Fla.            Eastern Illinois
Jordan Lynch         S     6-2   205  Chicago Mount Carmel      Chicago, Ill.          Northern Illinois
J.R. McConico        CB    5-9   175  Los Angeles Venice        Los Angeles, Calif.    SMU
Jack Mewhort         C     6-6   285  Toledo St. John's         Toledo, Ohio           Ohio State
Khaled Mheisen       DL    6-5   290  Detroit Catholic Central  Canton, Mich.          Undecided
Chris Norman         LB    6-2   225  Detroit Renaissance       Detroit, Mich.         Michigan State
Matthew Page         OL    6-6   300  East Chicago Central      East Chicago, Ind.     Ball State
Chris Payne          S     5-10  173  Columbia                  Columbia, S.C.         South Carolina
Bryce Petty          QB    6-3   220  Midlothian                Midlothian, Texas      Baylor
John Plasencia       TE    6-5   245  Tampa Jesuit              Tampa, Fla.            Northwestern
Jordan Poyer         CB    6-1   180  Astoria                   Astoria, Ore.          Oregon State
Aaron Price          OL    6-4   285  Bloomington South         Bloomington, Ind.      Indiana
Tevin Reese          WR    5-11  160  Temple                    Temple, Texas          Baylor
Micajah Reynolds     G     6-5   310  Lansing Sexton            Lansing, Mich.         Michigan State
Jordon Roussos       DE    6-4   240  Carlynton                 Carnegie, Pa.          Bowling Green
Bryce Schwindt       OL    6-3   280  Columbine                 Littleton, Colo.       Northern Colorado
Brandon Sharpe       DE    6-2   220  Ocean Lakes               Virginia Beach, Va.    Syracuse
Brian Smith          OL    6-7   277  Walsh Jesuit              Medina, Ohio           Northwestern
Kurt Stottlemyer     S     5-10  165  Bothell                   Bothell, Wash.         Yale
Evan Swindall        C     6-3   290  LaFayette                 LaFayette, Ga.         Mississippi
Phillip Thomas       CB    6-0   185  Miami Edison Senior       Miami, Fla.            Syracuse
Shamarko Thomas      CB    5-10  198  Ocean Lakes               Virginia Beach, Va.    Syracuse
David Wilson         RB    5-11  192  George Washington         Danville, Va.          Virginia Tech
Brian Winters        OL    6-5   310  Hudson                    Hudson, Ohio           Kent State
Nick Zachery         CB    6-1   200  Sheridan                  Sheridan, Ind.         Indiana