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America’s First Junior National Team in Football to Face the World’s Best in Canton, Ohio


CHRIS NORMAN of Detroit , Mich. , and MICAJAH REYNOLDS of Lansing, Mich., both incoming freshmen at Michigan State University, have 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. Norman, a 6-2, 225-pound linebacker from Detroit Renaissance High School, and Reynolds, a 6-5, 315-pound offensive lineman from Lansing Sexton High School, are among 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).

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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.”


Norman, rated the country’s No. 6 outside linebacker by, was named a high school finalist for 2008 Butkus Award. The Associated Press Division 5-6 all-state first-ream selection recorded 109 tackles (51 solos, 58 assists) in 2008, with 34 resulting in losses including 6.5 sacks.Â


A two-year, two-way starter for Sexton, Reynolds was named to the Detroit Free Press and Lansing State Journal Dream Teams in 2008. Ranked by Scouts, Inc. as the nation’s No. 33 offensive guard, he anchored a Sexton offensive line that averaged 260 rushing yards per game last season. Both Norman and Reynolds plan to major in business at Michigan State .