INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former Northern Arizona football All-American Lucky Dozier has been selected to play on the 2015 U.S. Men's National Team assembled by USA Football. Dozier is one of 45 players to be named to the team who will compete at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship next month in Canton, Ohio.
The IFAF World Championship has been held every four years since 1999 and the United States have won the past two championships. Dozier and the U.S. National Team will compete in a field against national teams from Australia, Brazil, France, Japan, Mexico and South Korea in the seven-nation tournament to be held from July 9-18 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The IFAF works with 78 countries spanning six continents that possess national federations dedicated solely to American football. USA Football is the sport's national governing body in the country.
Dozier last played for the Lumberjacks in 2013 in the final of two seasons at NAU after transferring from College of San Mateo. In his final season, he garnered All-American honors from the Associated Press (third team), Beyond Sports Network (third team) and College Sports Madness (second team) after he finished second on the team with 77 tackles, including a team-high 57 unassisted stops. He also posted one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, nine pass breakups and three interceptions totaling 85 yards.
The safety from Sacramento, Calif. was a two-time All-Big Sky First Team honoree and was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year following both of his seasons in Flagstaff. He started all 23 games during his NAU career and wound up with a two-year total of 134 tackles and seven interceptions. Dozier also received conference recognition as a punt returner as a senior, earning All-Big Sky honorable mention honors as a return specialist after averaging 17.4 yards per punt return, returning nine punts for 157 yards and a long of 59 yards.
The U.S. National Team will be coached by Dan Hawkins, the former head coach at Boise State and Colorado.
The 2015 tournament matchups will be played on July 9, 12 and 15 with consolation games and the medal round on July 18. Kickoffs are noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on each of the four days to determine the gold, silver and bronze medal winners. All games will be available via live stream on ESPN3.
To learn more about the tournament, including ticket information, visit ifafworldchampionship.org.