For those still yearning for one last “bowl game” now that the BCS and Super Bowls are in the books, there is one more contest to look forward to this week.
On Tuesday, some of America’s top high school football players will take on high-school age football players from around the world in the fourth annual International Bowl in Austin. For DMV residents, there will be a few familiar faces on the sideline in Gonzaga’s Aaron Brady, who is the head coach of Team USA, and Devin Butler, a Purple Eagle senior defensive back and first team All-Met who is committed to Notre Dame. Butler had 46 tackles, three interceptions and four touchdowns as a senior.
Brady, Butler and the rest of the 47-player roster are tasked with reversing last year’s outcome, which saw the World beat Team USA for the first time in this budding rivalry.
“We already came to the conclusion that losing is unacceptable this year,” said Butler, who plans to sign Wednesday with Notre Dame during a special Team USA ceremony in Texas. “We have to win. No excuses.”
Brady’s past work with USA Football should be an aid for the U.S. team. Since serving as an assistant in the 2011 contest, Brady has worked with the Sweden national squad. The Swiss, along with 11 other countries, will be represented on the World team.
“There’s a little pressure with us having lost last year, but we’ve got a great group of coaches and players,” Brady said. “I’ve seen how international teams play so we’re going to do our best to combat what they bring at us.”
Click here for the full U-19 U.S. roster and here for the World team. In years past, Team USA has featured current New York Giant and former Virginia Tech tailback David Wilson as well as all-SEC first-team freshman tailback Todd Gurley of Georgia.
The game will be televised live at 9 p.m. Tuesday on the CBS Sports Network (not to be confused with the main CBS channel).