Pac-12: USA Football

Which country plays the best football? No really!

April, 14, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Two future Oregon State Beavers are going to take on the world in football this summer.

The kind the U.S. is good at -- the one played with the oblong spheroid.

Kevin Cummings, a receiver from Culver City, Calif., and Jordan Poyer, a cornerback from Astoria, Ore., are among the 36 graduating high school seniors selected to play in the inaugural Junior World Championship from June 27-July 5 in Canton Ohio.

The event will feature eight teams from four continents competing to see which country harbors the best football, the press release said. 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.

Anyone got a hunch who's going to win this thing? Or at least should.

The teams are made up of athletes 19-and-under. The U.S. team features players headed into 27 different college programs. USA Football's Junior National Team roster will ultimately consist of 45 student-athletes.

USA Football's Junior National Team is led by Chuck Kyle, head coach of Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, who has led his Wildcats to 10 of Ohio's past 21 large-school state titles, including two USA TODAY "national championships."

For more information and the complete roster, click here.

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