AFI’s Top 4 International College/HS Players of the Week; from France, Nigeria, Australia and Austria

In an attempt to bring more attention to the growing numbers of talented athletes from around the world who are taking their games abroad, AFI will name their weekly International Players of the Week, for high school and college football, throughout the 2017 season.

Criteria: For 2017, we are searching for football players from, or citizens of countries outside of the the 50 United States, and Canada, who are playing football in the 50 United States or Canada.

How the AFI community can help: If you fit the criteria, or know someone who does, please pass on the name of the athlete, home country and current school. If you are a high school or college coach or SID, please keep send AFI statistical updates on your international students each week.

American Football International Players of the Week: October 2-8, 2017

October’s first Player of the Week class took us from Europe, to África, and Down Under.


Offense: Purdue receiver Anthony Mahoungou from France led the Boilermakers in receiving (2 catches for 76 yards) in their 31-17 victory over Minnesota.

Purdue’s French star, Anthony Mahoungou was key in the Boilermaker’s win over Minnesota. Photo: Purdue Exponent


Notre Dame sophomore D-lineman Julian Okwara was key in his teams 33-10 win against North Carolina. The Nigerian came up big for the Irish with two tackles and an interception.

Nigerian-born Julian Okwara was money for Notre Dame in their win over North Carolina. Photo: Notre Dame Insider

Check out Okwara’s incredible interception

Special Teams

Oscar Bradburn continued a stellar freshman campaign for Viginia Tech, totaling 307 yards in punts. The Sydney, Australia native and the 16th ranked Hokies defeated Boston College 23-10. Bradburn is tied for 4th in the ACC with an average of 43.8 yards per punt.

Australian freshman punter, Oscar Bradburn is tied for 4th in the ACC in punt average. Photo: 247Sports

High School

Baylor commit, Christoph Henle, hauled in 4 catches for 80 yards, to lead his Arlington Oakridge (Texas) squad in receiving in their 28-21 victory over Fort Worth Country Day. The win keeps the Austrian, Henle, and Oakridge Owl teammates alive for a birth in the Texas high school playoffs.

Austrian tight end, Christoph Henle, was key in leading Arlington Oakridge to victory and staying alive in the Texas playoff hunt.

Who did we miss? Who do you know with a Player of the Week worthy performance? Contact AFI to let us know the international athletes making a big impact on high school and college fields in North America.

Clayton Lovett has served football in Brasil in a variety of roles, including as the member of the coaching staff of two CBFA national champions (Cuiaba Arsenal 2010, 2012). Football is his hobby. Professionally, he is the founder of CS Educacional,