Football - Tue, Feb. 20, 2007
CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University football team added depth to its offensive line with the recent signings of two new freshmen from the Chicagoland area. Matt Lyday from Wilmington, Ill., and Brian Casson from Plainfield, Ill., have both signed letters of intent with SXU and will continue their academic and athletic careers as members of the Cougar football team next fall.

Lyday is 6-4 and weighs 275 pounds. He went to Wilmington High School in Wilmington where he played under coach Jeff Reents. The Wildcats finished the 2006 season with a 5-5 record.

"Matt is a big, strong young man who is physically ready to play at the college level," said Saint Xavier head football coach Mike Feminis. "We think he is going to be a great one and I'm sure he'll be competing for a starting position a year from now when Eric Schreiber (senior offensive lineman next fall) graduates."

Casson is 5-11 and weighs 235 pounds. He attended Plainfield South High School in Plainfield where he was an offensive lineman and long snapper for the Cougars under coach Mike Briscoe. Plainfield South finished the 2006 season with a 10-1 record. Casson is the son of John and Laura Casson of Plainfield.

"Brian was a huge signing for us, because we will need a long snapper next year and he is a good one," said Feminis. "I expect he will be competing for a starting position there in the fall. Brian was also a solid lineman and will give us some depth there in the future."