Football - Wed, Jan. 24, 2007
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis knows that to continue the success his Cougars had during the 2006 season he will have to fill some of the voids left by the graduation of his senior student-athletes. Feminis filled some big holes this week with the recent signings of two transfers, including Xavier Torres, a wide receiver who was red-shirted last season at NCAA Division I Central Michigan University. Torres, a Chicago native, played prep football at Lane Tech High School under coach Rich Rio.

"Xavier was on a full-scholarship at Central Michigan and is a tremendous athlete, who can flat out fly," said Feminis. "I'm anticipating that Xavier will make an immediate impact for us at the wide receiver position. He is a perfect fit for our offensive system."

The Cougars also landed offensive lineman Ryan McHugh, who spent a year away from football at Moraine Valley Community College. McHugh was recruited out of Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Ill., by some NCAA Division I-AA schools. The Hickory Hills, Ill., native is 6-5 and 280 pounds and was previously coached by Tim McAlpin at Stagg High School.

"We recruited Ryan a year ago out of high school and really liked him," said Feminis. "When a couple of Division I-AA offers fell through at the last minute, he decided to take a year off and just go to school. I'm thrilled he had the urge to play football again, because Ryan is a big player with a lot of potential."