Indianapolis, Ind. - Saint Xavier University senior placekicker/punter Shane Longest (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) was one of just 10 kickers nationwide to recently receive an invitation to participate in the annual National Invitational Camp (NFL Combine) to be held in Indianapolis, Ind., from February 20-26, 2008. Longest will be the lone NAIA player represented at this year's Combine after wrapping up an extremely successful playing career at SXU finishing as the school's all-time leading scorer with 317 total points and holds numerous school records including longest field goal (55 yards), most field goals in a game (5), most points in a game by a kicker (18), most extra points in a game (7), and most points by a kicker in a season (128).
"I couldn't be happier for Shane, because he had a tremendous amount of pressure on him all year," said Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis. "Although he was graded very high by the NFL scouts last spring, it was extremely important for him to have a good senior year
and he did just that. To be the only NAIA player invited to the combine is a tremendous compliment to Shane. But more importantly, only 10 kickers throughout the country at all levels were invited. That means the NFL scouts have already rated Shane higher than just about every NCAA Division I kicker, if not all of them."
Longest did have a monster senior season with the Cougars helping lead the team to the quarterfinals of the 2007 NAIA Championship Series. He handled all kicking duties (field goals, punting, and kickoffs) for the team in 2007 and excelled in every facet. Longest led the entire NAIA with 27 field goals made this past fall and was also the NAIA's third best punter with a 43.2 yards per punt average. In December 2007, he was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)-NAIA Coaches' All-America Team and was one of just three specialists to make the team.
The NFL Combine is a prestigious event that offers only the best draft eligible players an opportunity to meet the decision makers of all 32 NFL teams in anticipation of the annual NFL Draft. It is the only time that all 32 NFL teams will be in one place and have an opportunity to evaluate the very best players on an equal stage and is the ultimate four-day job interview for the top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft.
SXU, Jan. 2 - Various TV interviews with Shane: http://www.sxu.edu/athletics/football/latest_news.asp?ID=1592
NAIA, Jan. 3 - Saint Xavier's (Ill.) Shane Longest Receives Invite to NFL Combine