June 15, 2011
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - Former Georgetown University football quarterback Matt Bassuener and defensive back Maurice Banks have been selected to play on the 2011 U.S. Men's National Football Team in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Senior World Championships from July 8-16 in Austria. The team was announced on Tuesday afternoon.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity," Bassuener said. "I'll be outdoors again and any athlete dreams of having the chance to have USA across their chest. It will be good to play with another Georgetown guy in Moe Banks. I've been in touch with Moe the past few years, he's played some arena (football) and we've talked about playing on the same teams in Europe and now we're finally getting a chance to play on the same team and represent the country."
"It's pretty great getting the chance to play for Team USA and to play with (Bassuener)," Banks said. "I've always enjoyed watching the Olympics and now getting a chance to represent my country is crazy."
Bassuener starred for the Hoyas at quarterback in 2006 and 2007 and still holds the Patriot League career record for completion percentage, completing 67.62 of his passes in 28 games. Since graduating in 2007, football has given Bassuener the opportunity to travel, making stops in the former AF2 with the Louisville Fire and Amarillo Dusters then playing in Finland with the Seinajoki Crocodiles and in Alaska with the Fairbanks Grizzlies, before moving to the AFL where he currently plays for the Tulsa Talons. Bassuener has also appeared in the NBC television series Friday Night Lights.
Banks, a three-year starter and two-time All Patriot League honoree in 2004 and 2005, served as a defensive backs coach with the Hoyas in 2010. Following the season, Banks returned to Europe to continue playing professionally in Austria this past season. Banks has also done plenty of travelling since graduation in 2006, spending time with the Boise Burn of the AF2, as well as playing overseas in Bergamo, Italy and Marburg, Germany and Austria.
Bassuener and Banks are two of 39 players that will represent Team USA when they begin their defense of the world title against Australia at 9 a.m. ET in Innsbruck, Austria. Team USA will also play Germany and Mexico before the medal round begins on July 15.
USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players. The independent non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football's chairman.