Zachery Named to USA Football's Junior National Team
April 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Hoosier football signee Nick Zachery of Sheridan, Ind., has been selected to play for USA Football's 2009 Junior National Team which will compete in the sport's first junior world championship this summer. The 6-1, 200-pounder is one of 36 graduating high school seniors soon to enter 27 college football programs who will play on America's first national team in the sport comprised of players aged 19 and under. USA Football's Junior National Team roster will ultimately consist of 45 student-athletes.
USA Football, an independent non-profit and the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, has built America's first Junior National Team in the sport to 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 (19 and under).
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 state titles, including two USA TODAY "national championships."
"It is a privilege to represent your country and we are extremely proud Nick has received this honor," Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. "Nick is a leader and a winner. He led his team to four straight state championship games and won the title three times."
A four-year varsity starter at Sheridan High School, Zachery played quarterback, safety, returned punts and kicks and served as the team's place-kicker and punter. The 2008 Indiana Mr. Football runner-up and the state's Mr. Football at defensive back, Zachery - four times named all-state - stands second all-time in state history with 7,331 career rushing yards, 904 total points and 140 career touchdowns. He was named to The Indianapolis Star Super Team in each of the past three seasons and is a Bloomington (Ind.) Herald-Times Top 33 player.
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