Football - Tue, Jan. 22, 2008
Grand Island, Neb. - Senior placekicker/punter Shane Longest (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) and senior middle linebacker Sean Kenney (Orland Park, Ill./Stagg) both represented Saint Xavier University on the Victory Sports Network's 2007 NAIA Football All-American Teams when the honors were released by the national publication Monday. Longest was the lone placekicker named to the First Team Offense, while Kenney was one of just four linebackers named to the Second Team Defense.

Longest wrapped up his sensational kicking career last fall by leading the NAIA with 27 field goals made, a new single-season mark for the NAIA. He is now Saint Xavier'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). Longest is currently preparing for the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., from February 20-26. He was one of just four placekickers invited to participate at the prestigious event.

"Shane obviously had a tremendous career at Saint Xavier and has proven with his invitation to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis that he is one of the top three or four kickers in the country at all levels," said SXU head football coach Mike Feminis. "I won't be at all surprised if we see him playing on Sundays next year."

Kenney also wrapped up an impressive playing career last fall with the Cougars. In 12 games in 2007, he finished second on the team in total tackles with 105, including 60 solo stops. Kenney now sits No. 2 all-time at Saint Xavier University with 331 career tackles trailing only Mark Pelkoski, who posted 413 career tackles from 1993-96. He is also tied for No. 5 on SXU's all-time list of career tackles for losses with 27.

"Sean is the best middle linebacker we've ever had and that is a tremendous compliment to him, because we've had some really good ones," said Feminis. "But Sean was a lot more than a great football player. He was one of the finest ‘character' kids I've ever coached, an extremely hard worker, and an outstanding student (3.7 cumulative GPA) as well. Sean led by example and all of our guys followed. He's a huge loss for us."

To see the VSN 2007 NAIA Football All-American Teams in their entirety, click here