December 16, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw senior tight end Chase Jonason and retired head coach Nick Mourouzis represent the United States on the American Football Coaches Association’s Division III all-star team as it faces the Mexican National Team in the 2005 Aztec Bowl on December 17 in Toluca, Mexico. The live broadcast begins at 1 p.m. and is available here.
Jonason, a senior from Edina, Minn., was a key member of a DePauw offense that led the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in scoring in 2005. A first team all-SCAC selection, he caught 19 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns. Jonason is the third DePauw player selected to play in the game, joining Tyler Kelley in 1999 and JaMarcus Shephard last year.
He is one of 46 NCAA Division III seniors from around the country who will make up this year’s team. Former Central (Iowa) College Head Coach Ron Schipper will coach the team for the ninth consecutive year.
Joining Jonason in the game is retired DePauw head coach Nick Mourouzis. The 23-year veteran head coach posted a 138-87-4 record as DePauw's mentor and retired in 2003 as the school's winningest football coach.
Event Information: This year’s game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. CST on December 17 at Estadio Chivo Cordoba in Toluca.
The Aztec Bowl is the traditional season-ending game for Mexico’s college football season. The game has been played 34 times since 1947 with the last eight contests featuring the United States-Mexico match-up. The United States is 7-1 in the series and defeated Mexico, 23-3, in the 2004 game in Cancun.
Chitwood Sports Media of Jefferson, Texas will again provide a live webcast of the Aztec Bowl in 2005. Along with the game webcast on December 17, announcers Charlie Chitwood and Ned Fratangelo will provide 90-minute preview shows on December 14, 15 and 16. The preview shows will originate from the Team USA hotel and will begin each night at 6:30 p.m. CST.
The preview shows and game webcast can all be accessed via the AFCA’s website at www.afca.com and via the Aztec Bowl website at www.aztecbowl.com. Postgame results will also be available at www.afca.com.
Aztec Bowl Alumni: Two former Team USA members, London Fletcher and Clint Kriewaldt, are currently playing in the National Football League. Fletcher, who played collegiately at John Carroll and was a member of the 1997 U.S. team, is a linebacker with the Buffalo Bills. Kriewaldt was the Detroit Lions’ 1999 fifth-round draft pick out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and played in the 1998 Aztec Bowl. He is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 10,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.