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Da'Shawn Thomas selected to U.S. National Team for 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - Thirty-nine former college football standouts will play for the 2011 U.S. Men's National Team in the fourth International Federation of American Football Senior World Championship.

One of the 39 was born in northeast Arkansas and carries a unique story along with pigskin talent.

Da'Shawn Thomas was born in Newport in 1987, but grew up in Georgia. He played with a semi-pro team in 2007, rushing for 1,200 yards. The performance caught the attention of CFL scouts. The Toronto Argonauts signed him to the practice roster in 2008 and was released in 2009. Thomas enrolled at the University of Western Ontario and played for the Mustangs.

Two SEMO alums are also on the World Championship roster. Dierks native Ben McLaughlin will also play on the national team. The tournament will be played July 8th-16th in Austria.

U.S. Men's National Team roster:

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

College

Hometown

30

Maurice Banks

DB

6-3

212

Georgetown

Brandywine, Md.

5

Matt Bassuener

QB

6-2

210

Georgetown

Port Edwards, Wisc.

91

Charles Bay

DE

6-3

250

Dartmouth

Marietta, Ga.

17

Gregg Berkshire

K-P

6-2

201

Ashland (Ohio)

Ashland, Ohio

3

Greg Betterson

WR

6-0

185

Delta State (Miss.)

Niagara Falls, N.Y.

40

Richie Brockel

FB

6-1

250

Boise State

Phoenix, Ariz.

51

Gerard Bryant

DL

6-0

250

St. Lawrence (N.Y.)

White Plains, N.Y.

9

Myles Burnsides

DB

5-11

194

Northwest Missouri St.

Maryville, Mo.

99

Daniel Calvin

DT

6-3

317

Kansas State

Bakersfield, Calif.

55

Daniel Catalano

DE

6-4

265

Northern Michigan

Belle Mead, N.J.

93

Wacey Coleman

DL

6-2

245

Black Hills State

Rozet, Wyo.

92

Johnny Dingle

DL

6-3

270

West Virginia

Miami, Fla.

42

Demetrius Eaton

LB

6-2

250

Northwestern

Milwaukee, Wis.

27

Jeff Franklin

CB

5-8

185

Central State (Ohio)

Fairborn, Ohio

32

Henry Harris

RB

5-8

185

Southeast Missouri State

Memphis, Tenn.

7

Cody Hawkins

QB

5-11

190

Colorado

Boise, Idaho

43

Terrence Jackson

LB

5-11

235

Indiana-Pennsylvania

Media, Pa.

56

John Jacobs

LB

6-2

230

Saginaw (Mich.) Valley State

Prudenville, Mich.

58

Brandon Jordan

OL

6-4

315

Missouri S&T

New Orleans, La.

1

Nate Kmic

RB

5-9

195

Mount Union (Ohio)

Delta, Ohio

72

Frank Knights

OL

6-1

300

Southeast Missouri State

Aptos, Calif.

65

Josh Koeppel

OL

6-2

273

Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

21

Jordan Lake

S

6-1

215

Baylor

Houston, Texas

2

Ricardo Lenhart

WR

6-3

190

Otterbein

Sidney, Ohio

12

DeWayne Lewis

CB

5-11

190

Southern Utah

Denver, Colo.

20

Taylor Malm

WR

5-9

192

Northwestern (Iowa)

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

13

Ben McLaughlin

QB

6-3

205

Louisiana College

Dierks, Ark.

6

Lane Olson

LB

5-10

210

Wisconsin-Whitewater

Racine, Wis.

24

Osayi Osunde

LB

6-1

245

Villanova

Bloomsburg, Pa.

88

Mike Peterson

TE

6-2

245

Northwest Missouri State

Atlantic, Iowa

33

Joe Sturdivant

S

6-2

210

SMU

Lilburn, Ga.

70

Luke Summers

OL

6-4

290

Mount Union (Ohio)

New Middletown, Ohio

25

Da'Shawn Thomas

RB

5-11

205

Univ. of Western Ontario

Newport, Ark.

23

Daniel Tromello

DB

6-0

200

Occidental

Newbury Park, Calif.

22

Stephan Virgil

CB

5-11

190

Virginia Tech

Rocky Mount, N.C.

77

Dane Warderburg

OL

6-7

290

Northwest Missouri State

Creston, Iowa

44

Zach Watkins

LB

6-0

232

Washburn (Kan.)

Independence, Mo.

8

Korey Williams

WR

6-0

185

Northwestern Oklahoma St.

New Orleans, La.

54

Cameron Zipp

OL

6-1

278

Southern Mississippi

Mandeville, La.

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