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German Defensive End Who First Played American ... - Global Football

German Defensive End Who First Played American ... - Global Football

German Defensive End Who First Played American ... - Global

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Michael Preston www.GlobalFootball.com Tel: (001)-781-363-0305 Global Football Notes 2012-11 MP@MPrestonSports.com Twitter @GlobalSportsGuy www.Facebook.com/GlobalFootballinc GERMAN DEFENSIVE END WHO FIRST PLAYED AMERICAN FOOTBALL IN THE UNITED STATES THROUGH GLOBAL FOOTBALL INITIATIVE MENTIONED AS HEISMAN TROPHY CANDIDATE, WINS AWARDS Former Salisbury School (CT) and Berlin Adler star and current Florida State starter Bjoern Werner wins ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors and is named Lott Impact Player of the Week FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 – GRANBURY, TX – The early season performances of German defensive end BJOERN WERNER, whose opportunity to first play American football in the United States came through a Global Football-operated initiative, is being touted as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate. The junior, who has been a starter for Florida State since his true freshman year, has also won ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week and Lott Impact Player of the Week honors, in addition to being considered for the award that recognizes college football’s most outstanding player of the season. He has also been mentioned as a possible high 2013 NFL Draft pick should he choose to forgo his senior season with the Seminoles next year. Werner was a dominant defensive force for the Berlin Adler junior club team in his native Germany when he enrolled in the International Student Program (ISP) operated by Global Football on behalf of USA Football and IFAF. Werner selected the Salisbury School in the Connecticut Berkshire foothills as the prep school where he would play his sophomore and senior seasons, opting to return to Germany in between. The in-demand six-feet-four, 255-pound German was highly recruited by colleges including Oregon, Florida, Boston College, California, Rutgers and Penn State before committing to Florida State. “Several years ago we had a vision to identify international players whose development would benefit from playing high school American football in the United States and Bjoern was among those we helped through the ISP,” explained Global Football President PATRICK STEENBERGE. “Bjoern considered several prep schools in New England before choosing the Salisbury School and it was very obvious from the beginning of his time there that he had a special talent as he dominated games. “I am delighted that Bjoern, who is very modest about his abilities, is being recognized and is making an impact on the college football scene.” Werner’s five tackles for a loss, including four sacks, in a 69-3 season-opening demolition of Murray State on September 1 earned him the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week award and also the Lott Impact recognition. Werner said: “Without the opportunity to attend the Salisbury School through the ISP, I would still be playing football in Germany and would not be here at Florida State.” The words ‘Heisman Trophy candidate’ jumped off the page when SB Nation writer Bill Connelly declared: “It is impossible to ignore Werner's stat line: five tackles, all solo, all behind the line of scrimmage. He logged four sacks and broke up a pass to boot. That makes the list no matter the opponent.”